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.
UN warns of war crimes as hundreds die in Libya fighting
Recent fighting in Libya has killed hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, the UN said Tuesday.
Egypt's Jon Stewart slapped with $6.5 million fine
Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef has been fined over a dispute with a television channel which suspended his show after it lampooned military leaders.
The Islamic State is waging war on technocrats
'All my old colleagues, they’re all gone, fled to Turkey or the Kurdish areas,' explained one former businessman in Mosul.
Moderate Malaysia has so many fatwas there’s a website to keep track of them
Yoga? Death Metal? Petting puppies? They’re all forbidden by Malaysia’s Islamic clerics.
Kurdish group fighting Islamic State tells America: Stop calling us terrorists
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has become a de facto ally of the US in its fight against IS. Now it wants to be taken off the State Department's terror list.
Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off
Sunday's election pits a former Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali official against an incumbent who claims to defend the legacy of the 2011 revolution.
America is building a Sunni army in Iraq to take on the Islamic State
Impatient with the Iraqi government's failure to arm Sunni groups to tackle the Islamic State, the US is taking matters into its own hands.
Spiderman swoops in to save Cairo from the daily grind
Two residents of the city set out to highlight the daily difficulties faced by residents of the bustling metropolis.
The US Senate is about to blow the lid off the CIA's tortured recent history
Details like sexual threats and other heinous torture techniques used by the CIA are about to go public. US security personnel around the world are gearing up for a possible backlash.
US says it was unaware of talks to release S. African hostage killed in Yemen raid
Gift of the Givers, a relief group negotiating Pierre Korkie's release on behalf of his family, said the teacher had been due to be handed over on Sunday, hours after the raid.
At least 13 killed in failed US bid to rescue hostages in Yemen
US special forces raided the village of Dafaar in Shabwa province shortly after midnight on Saturday.
US, South African hostages in Yemen killed in rescue attempt
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the attempted rescue had only been approved because of information that the American's life was in imminent danger.
There's more stalling a nuclear deal with Iran than you might think
A final deal between Iran and the West is being held up by hardliners, quarrels over sanctions and even Russian gas.
More airstrikes near Tripoli in struggle between Libya's rival groups
Meanwhile, the US military is closely monitoring a nascent effort by IS to train a couple of hundred fighters in eastern Libya, the commander of US forces in Africa said.
This video shows the suspect in the horrifying stabbing murder of an American teacher in Abu Dhabi
The mother of two was murdered in the public restrooms of an upmarket shopping mall.
Israel just voted to dissolve its parliament. Here's how it got there
A controversial bill being considered by parliament has split the Israeli government.
Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader
The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed the border from Syria more than a week ago.
UN cuts food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees
The agency has already cut rations for 4.25 million people in Syria.
Qatar court acquits US couple over daughter's death
The couple, who are of Asian descent, were initially accused of starving to death their child to sell her organs.
In Iran, it’s always Movember
The rise of moustaches among Iranian males has nothing to do with drawing attention to men’s diseases. Unless, of course, chronic rebellion and acute masculinity count.
Yemeni forces free 8 Al Qaeda hostages
Yemen is regarded by Washington as one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden.
Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in the street to protest pay
Sierra Leone has become the biggest hotspot in the West African Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 5,500 people since March.
Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching sea turtles
China protested against the arrests and does not recognize the trial, saying the nine were detained in China's territorial waters.
Iraqi Kurds prepare for Sinjar mountain offensive against IS
Controlling Sinjar would put the peshmerga on three sides of Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control in northern Iraq.
Tunisians vote for first freely elected president of post-Ben Ali era
'Now we are the only country in the Arab world who does not know who their president will be until after the vote is finished,' said Mouna Jeballi, a voter in Tunis.
US transfers 5 more Guantanamo detainees to Slovakia and Georgia
There are now 143 detainees still at the US military facility in Cuba.
An Egyptian court just dealt a blow to the fight against female genital mutilation
The acquittal of a doctor in the country's first prosecution against female genital mutilation may encourage the practice.