Combat, riots and revolution, plus the weapons and warcraft that fuel them.
Iran holds 10 US sailors in Gulf
Iranian forces seized 10 American troops on Tuesday after their patrol boats strayed into hostile Gulf waters, in a setback to thawing ties between the foes.
The US isn't setting a very good example for Iran
As Iran dismantles its ability to build a single nuclear weapon, the US is testing newer, smaller atom bombs in the Nevada desert.
IS suicide bomber kills 10 tourists in Istanbul
A Syrian suicide bomber struck the heart of Istanbul's busiest tourist district, killing 10 people, most of them Germans, in the latest deadly attack blamed on Islamic State jihadists.
12 killed as gunmen take hostages in Baghdad mall
Gunmen blew up a car bomb, sprayed gunfire in a crowded area and took hostages in a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad Monday, killing at least 12 people, police said.
Deadly strike on Yemen MSF clinic draws condemnation
A missile strike on a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Yemen killed at least four people Sunday, the group said, condemning what it called a "worrying pattern" of such attacks.
Dummy US missile disappears, turns up in Cuba
A dummy training version of a US Hellfire missile was shipped to Cuba after an apparent mix-up by commercial cargo handlers in Europe, a source said Friday, confirming media reports.
Iran will protest Saudi 'bombing' of its Yemen embassy to UN Security Council
Iran accused Saudi warplanes of deliberately bombing its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Sometimes a day at work goes so wrong, it only lasts 14 minutes
That's the length of time active trading was open on China’s stock markets Thursday — making Jan. 7, 2016 its shortest trading day ever.
Paris police kill man armed with meat cleaver on Charlie Hebdo anniversary
The Paris prosecutor said the man was also carrying a mobile phone and a sheet of paper bearing the Islamic State flag and a claim of responsibility by the militant group.
Russia now officially considers NATO a top military threat
The year is off to a terrible start for relations between Russia and the West.
China lands two more planes in disputed South China Sea: state media
Two civilian aircraft landed on a reef Vietnam also claims, despite international condemnation of a landing on the same reef days earlier.
UN reports signs of nerve gas in Syrian victims
Western officials say it's unlikely Syrian opposition rebels would have the capability to deploy sarin gas.
The troubled history of Iran-Saudi relations, explained
Here's what you need to know about the ups and downs of the countries' relations over the last 20 years.
IS threatens Britain in new executions video
The video Sunday showed the killing of five 'spies' the Islamic State said worked with the international coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria.
Israelis charged over deadly arson attack on Palestinian family
A court charged two Israelis on Sunday over a firebombing last year that killed a Palestinian couple and their toddler, in an attack that sparked condemnation globally.
Shia cleric among 47 executed in Saudi Arabia, stirring anger in region
The executions took place in 12 cities, four prisons using firing squads and the others beheading.
Two killed in shooting on Tel Aviv thoroughfare, motive unclear
Police said a manhunt was under way in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital.
Syrian, Iraqi militants said to have planned New Year attack in Munich
Police said they had received information that five to seven suicide bombers were planning to take part in the attack.
Israel's siege mentality is getting truly scary
In the face of desperation and dread, many find comfort in ultra-nationalism and xenophobia — and the politicians know it.
The double life of a Russian 'spy' beheaded by the Islamic State
Who was Magomed Khasiev?
Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves
The fatwa sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the rape of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.
IS destroyed this ancient monument, so archaeologists are 3-D printing a new one
Full-size replicas of the 2,000-year-old arch of Palmyra will go on show in London and New York next year.
Japan made an $8 million apology to its former 'comfort women'
Japan has struck a compensation deal with South Korea that it says ends the dispute over wartime sex slaves once and for all.
IS gains and losses in Iraq and Syria
The Iraqi army announced Thursday that it has launched an operation to retake the city of Mosul, the Islamic State jihadist group's main hub in Iraq.
Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of Ramadi
For days, Iraqi forces have been locked in intense battles to take back the capital of Anbar province, which fell to the terror group in May.
It's getting harder for refugee families to reunite in Europe
Still, family reunification remains one of the few legal means by which they can apply for asylum.
IS leader urges uprising in Saudi, attacks in Israel
An audio recording released Saturday appeared to match Baghdadi's voice in previous recordings.
UN sets Syria peace talks target date, after death of rebel chief
The United Nations hopes to convene peace talks between Syria's government and the opposition on January 25.
So, almost 12,000 candidates registered for Iran's February election
It's a record-breaking level of participation at a time of political uncertainty in the Islamic Republic.
'Armed' Chinese ship near disputed isles, Japan's coast guard says
Japan and China routinely butt heads over ownership of the uninhabited East China Sea islets, but this time the ship was said to be armed.
India's Modi makes a surprise 'goodwill' visit to Pakistan
The Indian prime minister visited arch-rival Pakistan on Friday, the first such trip in a decade.