Middle East

An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter leaving the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, towards the Turkey-Syria border, on the way to the Syrian city of Kobani, Oct. 31, 2014.

Iraqi Kurds Join Syrian Kurds in Fight for Kobani

Convoy of 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey into Syria More

FILE - An explosion that destroyed the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo, Syria.

Syria Increases Airstrikes on Rebels

In past 10 days alone, Syrian air force has conducted 762 airstrikes More

FILE -  Omar al-Shishani standing next to Islamic State group spokesman among a group of fighters as they declare elimination of border between Iraq and Syria.

UN Report: Thousands of Foreign Fighters Joining Extremist Groups

Report says foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants, other extremists on 'unprecedented scale' More

(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hold a trilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, Oct. 15, 2014.

Video Kerry, Iranian FM to Hold Nuclear Talks in November

State Department says top US diplomat to meet with Iranian counterpart in Oman on November 9 and November10 More

Israeli right-wing activists confront a security official near the Western Wall inside the old city of Jerusalem, Oct. 30, 2014.

Israel Reopens Disputed Holy Site

Holy site was closed Thursday after shootings left Jewish-Arab tensions running high in disputed city More

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Israel Reopens Disputed Holy Site

Holy site was closed Thursday after shootings left Jewish-Arab tensions running high in disputed city

'Point and Shoot' Shows American Filmmaker in Libyan Revolution

In a bid to jumpstart his life, Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and drove through the Arab world, filming himself along the way

Pentagon Seeks to Empower Sunnis Fighting Islamic State in Iraq

But Baghdad must be willing to arm tribes, US Joint Chiefs chairman says

Video Secularists Face Challenge in Forming Tunisian Government

But Nidaa Tounes' victory in relatively peaceful election offers hope in volatile region

Iran, Turkey Rivalry Puts Focus on Kurds

Kurds living across Middle East set to become pawns in intensifying rivalry between these two regional powers

UN Syria Envoy Proposes 'Freeze Zones' for Conflict

Staffan de Mistura suggests zones, where fighting would stop in bid to ease suffering of millions of Syrians

UN Launches Global Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

Report estimates 125 million girls and women have been cut in 29 countries in Africa, Middle East

Video Syrian Films Bring Horror, Hope

Artists say Syrian films turn up voices of 'real' Syrian people, who despite much suffering will not accept tyranny

UN Watchdog Urges Israel to Probe Possible Gaza War Crimes

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in a 51-day war in Gaza, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel

Germany Pledges to Ban Anti-Islamist Rally After Cologne Clashes

Some 4,000 hooligans and neo-Nazis hurled objects at police Sunday, raising fears of violent youths with no political agenda joining forces with racist groups

Sweden Recognizes Palestinian State, Hopes Will Revive Peace Process

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom rejects accusations that her country is taking sides and hopes other EU countries to follow Sweden's lead

Photogallery Shootings Stoke Jewish-Arab Tensions in Jerusalem

Sweden's recognition of Palestinian State Thursday adds to strain after police shoot, kill suspect who allegedly ambushed Israeli activist
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