IS threatens lives of 2 Japanese hostages in new video (LIVE BLOG)
The militant group says it will kill them unless it receives $200 million in ransom.
Inside Cairo's coffee houses, where Egyptian men go to meet their 'second wives'
Every man has his 'ahwa,' a place where he goes to catch up on neighborhood gossip, smoke shisha and talk with friends — and a place where women are not welcome.
Fierce battle erupts in Yemen capital
The Yemeni army and the Shiite Houthi movement, which is actually part of the government, were locked in gun battles on the streets of Sanaa on Monday.
Israeli strike on Hezbollah in Syria raises tensions
The strike on the Golan Heights in Syria killed Jihad Mughniyah and eight other fighters, according to reports.
Why Saudi Arabia is so afraid of Raif Badawi
The kingdom is waging a war on dissent.
The Egyptian government is holding more than 150 children in a makeshift prison
Rights groups say some of the children have been held for months without charge, and without their parents being allowed to visit.
Egypt's deep state gets back to business
Hosni Mubarak's acquittal is the crowning moment of 18 months in which the military regime regrouped and took back Egypt.
Alexandria's streets were flooded and some residents decided to break out the jet ski
Apparent Islamic State sympathizers hacked CENTCOM's social media for about an hour
A Pentagon official claims the hacks did not pose a security threat and that none of the information posted by the hackers was 'classified.'
The Twitter account of US CENTCOM, the command that oversees Middle East, has been hacked
A tweet sent from the official Twitter account before it was suspended claimed that the Islamic State is 'already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.'
Men charged with 'debauchery' after bathhouse raid are acquitted in Egypt
The 26 men were arrested in a raid on a bathhouse in Cairo that was broadcast on television.
Europe's new terrorists are low-tech lone wolves who can still make major impact
Assailants range from radicalized 'amateurs' to those like Said Kouachi, believed to have honed his killing skills in the battlefields of the Middle East.
Beirut shows solidarity with Charlie Hebdo on historic day for France
Lebanon does not have to look far into its past for attacks on its own journalists.
Egypt's crackdown on LGBT community sees return of medical exam that dates back to the 1840s
Mass arrests at a bathhouse in Cairo are the latest sign that Egypt's persecution of LGBT people is getting worse.
Some Syrian refugees would rather face bombs at home than endure Lebanon's harsh winter anymore
A severe winter storm has piled misery on thousands of Syrian refugees living in tents and make-shift structures across Lebanon.
Did the Islamic State commit genocide? The Yazidis and Kurds say they did
The government of the autonomous Kurdistan region in Iraq has begun a campaign to have IS attacks against Yazidis classified as genocide.
Car bomb kills 30 outside Yemen police college
The security situation in Yemen is getting really, really bad.
How Lebanon is reacting to the news that one of the world's most popular porn stars is home-grown
Mia Khalifa's rapid rise in the adult entertainment industry has divided her home country.
Libyan warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, killing 2
Greece condemned what it called an 'unprovoked and cowardly' attack and demanded an investigation and punishment for those responsible.
76,000 killed in Syria's deadliest year yet
2014 was the bloodiest year yet in the country's nearly four-year war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Cautious optimism on New Year's Day for detained Al Jazeera journalists
Egypt’s highest court on Thursday ordered a retrial for the jailed journalists.
Turmoil in Egypt takes its toll on mental health
Doctors have raised concerns about an increase in the number of cases of PTSD and other mental health issues over the past four years.
Jordan denies IS jihadists shot down its warplane
Jordan's military Friday denied claims by the Islamic State group to have shot down one of its warplanes which crashed in Syria, after the pilot was captured by the jihadists.
Jordan vows 'all efforts' to save pilot seized by IS
It was the first warplane lost and the first capture of a serviceman since the coalition launched strikes against IS in Syria in September.
Turkey student arrested for 'insulting' the president
The 16-year-old accused the country's president and his ruling party of corruption.
U.N. urges humane treatment of Jordanian pilot captured in Syria
The pilot is the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State.
In Israel, a 'football truce' match pays homage to World War I peace
The British embassy sponsored a soccer tournament for young Christian, Muslim, Druze and Jewish players commemorating the fabled Christmas truce of 1914.
Thousands of Yazidi girls and women are still held by the Islamic State
With professional forces slow to come to their aid, young women held by IS rely on smugglers and death-defying luck to break free.
IS captures Jordanian pilot after plane downed over Syria
It was the first coalition warplane lost since air strikes on IS began in Syria in September.
Kurdish women line up to take on the Islamic State
Kurdish women join the PKK in droves to fight the Islamic State, which has captured and enslaved up to hundreds of Yazidi women.
Abbas threatens to cut ties with Israel if UN bid to end occupation fails
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned that his administration would "no longer deal" with Israel if a UN resolution calling for a final peace deal fails.