Combat, riots and revolution, plus the weapons and warcraft that fuel them.
An Iraqi offensive to dislodge the Islamic State from Tikrit seems to have stalled
IS militants have turned the city into a labyrinth of home-made bombs and booby-trapped buildings, and are using snipers to halt Iraqi progress.
What four years of conflict have done to Syria — in one infographic
Approximately 6 percent of the country's population has been killed or injured during the past four years.
This is how Russians get psyched before going to fight in Ukraine
Call it a pre-game warm-up.
Only 3 percent of the lights are still on in Aleppo, Syria
Eighty-three percent of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict four years ago. In hard-hit Aleppo, it's 97 percent dark.
Iraqi forces retake parts of Tikrit from the Islamic State
Driving the Islamic State out of Tikrit would be a much-needed and major victory for the Iraqi army.
Austria says Islamic State militants have kidnapped foreigners in Libya
'We know that they were not injured when they were transported away from the al-Ghani oilfield,' Austrian foreign ministry spokesman said.
East Ukraine rebels say heavy weapons pullback complete
An Ukrainian army spokesman assured reporters that the government was also upholding its end of the bargain
Five killed in Mali nightclub attack
The attack in Bamako was the first suspected attack targeting Westerners in a city braced for jihadist violence since 2012.
Gangs still run nightmarish 'chop-up' houses in this Colombian drug hub
More than 30 dismembered bodies have been found in the city of Buenaventura since 2013, according to Human Rights Watch.
Mexico is nabbing cartel leaders. Here's why the government is far from victory
Ninety of Mexico's 122 most wanted men have now been taken out of action — analysts say the high-profile arrests have created smaller, vicious splinter groups.
Russia starts large-scale military exercises in disputed territories
At a news conference in Moscow unrelated to the exercises, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said NATO activities on Russia's borders far exceeded anything the Russian military was undertaking.
Meet the Syrian sheikh battling Islamic State ideology one mind at a time
'When the funding came from the sheikhs, people grew beards. When the funding came from the international community, people started to shave and wear suits.'
The dangerous new calculus of conflict reporting
What it takes to tell the story of modern warfare.
Mexico busts another drug kingpin. This time it's Omar Trevino, leader of the Zetas cartel
His arrest came just days after the capture of Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar drug gang, who was the most wanted capo still at large in Mexico.
Meet NATO’s man in Moscow
Robert Pszczel: ‘Sometimes I take a little pill before going on to stabilize my blood pressure.’
Jihadi John was radicalized by MI5 tactics, some Brits say
Details about Londoner Mohammed Emwazi are raising uncomfortable questions as much about terror suspects as the way the UK intelligence agency pursues them.
Pakistani police arrest more than 450 parents for refusing polio vaccine
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic.
Why the Kremlin has jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko
Analysis: Savchenko is as much a symbol for Russian officials as she is for Ukraine.
Islamic State militants attack Iraqi city of Samarra ahead of army offensive
Medical sources said Samarra hospital received the bodies of 14 Shia militia fighters and policemen.
Russian opposition mourns murdered leader Boris Nemtsov
A former deputy prime minister, Nemtsov was the most prominent opposition figure killed in Russian President Vladimir Putin's 15-year rule.
Mexico captures most wanted drug lord Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez
Since the Mexican government began a military crackdown in 2007 on drug gangs, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence.
Deaths of 3 servicemen shake Ukraine's fragile truce
Kyiv says it fears pro-Moscow rebels could be regrouping and preparing to attack Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.
Islamic State is just the latest radical group to destroy ancient art
From the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to the Taliban in Afghanistan, numerous movements have destroyed and stolen historic artifacts.
Before 'Jihadi John,' Mohammed Emwazi was 'extremely gentle, soft-spoken'
After the naming of Islamic State's masked henchman, his alleged extreme violence gives an urgent note to the efforts to understand who he is and where he came from.
For richer, for poorer: Jihadi John is a reminder that extremism comes in all shapes and sizes
Analysis: The White House's focus on poverty as the main cause of extremism may not tell the whole story.
Here's why the UK is sending troops to Ukraine after the ceasefire
A scathing report from the House of Lords accused Britain and other EU members of 'sleep-walking into the current crisis.'
Military judge won’t halt the trial of USS Cole terror suspect
An order forcing judges to live in Guantanamo, however, will delay the 9/11 case of Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
US charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State, planning attacks
All three men live in Brooklyn in New York City.
Islamic State militants seize 100 Iraqi tribesmen before battle for Tikrit
Iraq's military said around 2,000 Shia militia fighters had arrived near Tikrit in preparation for a major operation against Islamic State.
Concerns over 'unlawful influence' are holding up the trial of alleged USS Cole bomber
The military judge in the trial said hearings will not move forward until he determines whether a senior Pentagon official was unlawfully involved in the trial proceedings.
Egyptians mock the Islamic State on Twitter
Italians joined in too.