Combat, riots and revolution, plus the weapons and warcraft that fuel them.
7 things you should know about Guantanamo Bay prison
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a much-anticipated Pentagon roadmap aimed at finally closing Guantanamo Bay. Here are the key facts on the controversial military prison.
Syria's ceasefire is set to begin Saturday, say the US and Russia
The United States and Russia announced they are 'prepared to work together' on this.
War crimes are rampant in Syria, UN inquiry finds
It's not surprising, of course. But a UN commission of inquiry says that accountability for these horrors must be part of the peace process.
IS blasts kill more than 150 as US, Russia press Syria truce
A string of suicide bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Syria's capital and in Homs claimed by jihadists killed more than 150 people Sunday, as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire.
US air strike on Libya kills two abducted Serbians
A US air strike in Libya believed to have killed an Islamic State group operative behind the mass murder of tourists on a Tunisian beach also killed two kidnapped Serbian embassy employees, Belgrade said Saturday.
Islamic State cuts salaries as coalition torches their cash
Hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to have been destroyed in coalition air strikes targeting cash hoards used to finance the terror group.
Turkey blames Syrian Kurdish fighters for Ankara attack
Turkey on Thursday blamed Kurdish militants based inside the country and in Syria for a car bombing targeting a military convoy in Ankara that killed 28 people and risked a new escalation of the Syrian conflict.
China just put very powerful missiles in the South China Sea
Surface-to-air missiles in the middle of the planet’s most contested waters? Seems sensible.
Things are heating up in the South China Sea
China just upped the ante, big time. It now has surface-to-air missiles parked in the middle of the planet’s most contested waters.
The story behind the Rwandan refugee camp that inspired Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3
Exploring a confusing connection between genocide and pop culture.
Missile strikes on north Syria schools and hospitals kill 50
Airstrikes have hit at least five medical facilities and two schools in northern Syria, the United Nations said Monday.
Syria doesn't look close to a 'cessation of hostilities'
Last week, world powers agreed to halt fighting in Syria — with many caveats. On Monday, airstrikes hit two Syrian hospitals, killing more than a dozen people.
Saunas, aquariums and bar found at Mexico prison
Authorities found "luxury cells" with aquariums, portable saunas and even a bar at a Mexican prison where 49 inmates were killed in a brawl, officials said Sunday.
Turkey strikes Kurd, regime forces in Syria, mulls ground attack
'If there is a strategy [against the Islamic State], then Turkey and Saudi Arabia could enter into a ground operation,' Turkey's foreign minister said.
Red Cross finally delivers medicine to Yemen's besieged Taez
Some 200,000 civilians are caught up in the fighting in Taez, but aid workers haven't been able to get in for seven months.
Unsurprisingly, Russia denies hitting civilians in Syria
Several Western countries have said there is no hope for progress without a halt to the Russian bombing, which has decisively turned the balance of power in favor of Assad.
World powers agree to a 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria — sort of
Parties not involved in the agreement: The Syrian regime and the Islamic State.
South Africa is still dealing with the unresolved horrors of apartheid
Nokuthula Simelane was kidnapped, tortured and disappeared by apartheid police in 1983. Her family is still fighting for justice.
NATO deploys warships to Aegean Sea to deal with Europe's refugee crisis
Germany and Turkey, both seeking to limit the influx of migrants, requested the operation. NATO insists it's not focused on 'pushing back refugee boats.'
India's new crowd control tool: Slingshots loaded with marbles and chili powder
It's a 'civilized' tactic, the police say.
The brutal offensive on Aleppo, as told by the Syrians who survived it
Turkish hospitals are filling up with victims.
Chechen strongman claims Russian spies are infiltrating Islamic State
Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed spies from his region of Russia are being sent to Syria to assist Moscow in its bombing campaign.
Garlic is keeping this Syrian refugee family alive
That's because they peel it — a lot of it — to sell. 'It’s time consuming,' says Ghadir. 'We work in the winter and the summer.'
Canada will end its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on February 22
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision on Monday at a press conference with Defense Minister Hargit Sajjan and other senior officials.
The latest crisis in the ongoing human tragedy that is the Syrian civil war
A Russian-backed Syrian offensive in Aleppo has sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing to the Turkish border. Now they have nowhere to go.
40,000 people are starving to death in South Sudan
New figures released in a UN report describe some of the worst conditions yet in more than two years of civil war.
20,000 Syrians stranded at Turkey border after Aleppo siege
Up to 20,000 Syrians fleeing a government advance in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday.
Hundreds more US troops in Iraq than previously stated
Hundreds more American troops are in Iraq than the Pentagon previously stated, an official said Wednesday in an acknowledgement underscoring the sensitivity of US deployments to the war-torn nation.
US demands Russia immediately halt airstrikes in Syria, as peace talks collapse
The United States demanded Thursday that Russia immediately halt its bombing campaign in Syria after a breakdown in peace talks exposed the deep rift among world powers.
Peace talks on Syria are stalled, but the war is moving quickly — in Assad's favor
Government forces are seeking to cut off a rebel-held part of Aleppo from a crucial supply line.
The US is killing more civilians in Iraq and Syria than it acknowledges
The US government has publicly acknowledged just 21 civilian deaths in coalition airstrikes. That number is impossibly low.