Middle East

FILE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at United Nations headquarters, Oct. 1, 2015. On Wednesday, Lavrov said Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet will change the countries' relationship.

Lavrov: Turkey Downing Jet 'Planned Provocation,' but Not Going to War

Russian foreign minister says incident will make Moscow reconsider its relationship with Turkey as he cancels planned trip to Ankara; however, he and Turkish prime minister agree to meet in coming days 

Israeli medics evacuate a man wounded in what police suspected was a Palestinian stabbing attack to Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, Nov. 21, 2015.

Kerry Warns Israeli-Palestinian Violence Could Escalate

Since September, violence has left at least 19 Israelis and an American student killed by stabbings or car rammings, and at least 89 Palestinians dead by Israeli fire 

FILE - A Greek Red Cross volunteer comforts a crying Syrian refugee moments after disembarking from a flooded raft Oct. 20, 2015, at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos.

From Syria to Europe: The Price They Pay

Businesses - both legal and illegal - are booming as refugees this year alone spend upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars to flee 

A Jewish Tunisian rests inside the Ghriba synagogue, one the oldest Jewish monuments built in Africa more than 2,500 years ago, on the resort island of Djerba, south of Tunis, Oct. 28, 2015.

Ancient Jewish Community Endures on Tunisian Island

Residents of Djerba trace roots back to Babylonian exile of 586 B.C.; it's one of few communities of its kind to have survived turmoil around creation of Israel 

Video Kurds Seek Reconstruction Help After Liberating Sinjar

City in Iraq's north sustained heavy destruction during both the Islamic State's original attack and the battle for its liberation