Combat, riots and revolution, plus the weapons and warcraft that fuel them.
More than 15 dead on the 4th anniversary of Egypt's revolution
Meanwhile tensions surged ahead of the anniversary, with the killings of two female demonstrators.
Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits
Kerry is expected to address poll-related violence, which has blighted previous Nigerian elections and which it is feared could erupt again, ahead of polls next month.
Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism
With one hostage remaining with the Islamic State, Abe said Sunday that Japan is 'not wavering at all on this policy.'
This is the gruesome aftermath of another rocket strike on civilians in eastern Ukraine
Civilians keep dying as pro-Russian rebels promise more war.
Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage
A video released Saturday allegedly showed a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.
These are the countries that have (probably) paid hostage ransom to the Islamic State
The fate of two hostages could be decided today.
Yemeni rebels seize presidential palace (LIVE BLOG)
But they appear to have stopped short of overthrowing the country's embattled president.
Mysterious bombs are exploding in Ukraine — and not in the war-torn east
More often than not, the attacks appear to be targeted at pro-Ukrainian political and social organizations, causing injuries but no deaths.
IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq
'We already have names for 196 and there could be some more," said Khodr Domli, a leading Yazidi rights activist.
Here's how Boko Haram could sway the result of Nigeria's general election
It is unclear whether more than one million people displaced by the militant group's insurgency will be able to vote.
Mexican troops arrest an alleged cartel gunman over student disappearances
It was the latest of nearly 100 arrests in the investigation into the abduction, and suspected killing, of 43 students in September.
Satellite images reveal full devastation of Boko Haram attack
Analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International shows the extent of attacks in northeastern Nigeria.
Sharia law is empowering Islamist radicals at the expense of secularists
Commentary: Combating efforts to make Sharia the law of the land should be a policy priority for Western governments.
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.'
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.
Little girl wrapped in explosives kills at least 16 in Nigeria bombing
The violence in northern Nigeria is getting out of control.
At least a million march in Paris, thousands join rallies around world (LIVE BLOG)
'Today Paris is the center of the world,' President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
After a solemn night of mourning, a panicked morning manhunt in France
Friday began with reports of gunfire exchanged between police and suspects in a town northeast of Paris, another stolen car, and at least one hostage taken.
US military closing bases in Europe
The Pentagon is learning how to operate within its means as budgets shrink.
To publish or not to publish Charlie Hebdo's cartoons?
It’s a dilemma editors worldwide are grappling with after the fatal shooting at the Paris office of the satirical French newspaper.
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.
Inside Charlie Hebdo: The Paris attack targeted paper that mocked fundamentalists
Charlie Hebdo's French satirists had refused to bow in face of terror threats.
It's 2015. Time for some new US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
America's major wars are technically over, but there are still plenty of boots on the ground. Here's a look at the missions guiding US engagement this year.
This animation shows you why cluster bombs are so devastating to civilians
The US once dropped explosives in Afghanistan that, before detonation, looked an awful lot like humanitarian rations. Here's why they're still a problem there and beyond.
Surveying the unknown: Mozambique's epic struggle to free itself of landmines
More than 20 years after clearance efforts began, one of the world's most heavily mined countries has become something of a success story.
Boko Haram 'seizes military base' in Nigeria raids
Local residents reported that the gunmen killed several people, burnt hundreds of homes and looted scores of businesses.
Boko Haram seizes 40 boys, men in northern Nigeria
Scores of Boko Haram militants stormed the Malari village around 8:00 pm and whisked away the males, aged between 10 and 23, into the nearby Sambisa forest.
Cold War stockpiles: The US pays to turn Ukraine's deadly landmines to dust
The US has dropped millions of landmines during recent world conflicts. It's also spent billions of dollars cleaning them up.
Pakistani boat laden with explosives blows up off Indian coast, India says
Indian intelligence said the crew was planning 'an illicit transaction' when the vessel was intercepted on New Year's Eve.
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The devastating legacy of unexploded US ordnance in Iraq
Iraq is one of the most bombed-out places in the world, where an estimated 50 million landmines and other munitions that could detonate at any time.