The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant shocked many with its swift capture of Iraqi cities. Despite US vows of a lighter military footprint, other countries still seem to expect it to step in.
Militants from ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, now control much of Iraq's largest city in the north, underscoring the group's growing strength and the failure of Iraqi troops to repel insurgents.
Khalifa Haftar survived a suicide bomb attack Wednesday. He is battling Islamist militias backed by allies in Libya's parliament. Meanwhile, a Red Cross official was shot dead in Sirte.
One commentator said Europeans should reply to Obama's West Point speech with their own security doctrine. Pakistanis took note of what was included, while Israelis targeted what was not.
Thursday's attack was the deadliest so far this year and comes amid a security crackdown in western China where ethnic minority Uighurs bristle under Beijing's rule.
Abe wants to 'reinterpret' Japan's pacifist Constitution, arguing that Japan must be better positioned to deal with potential threats in the region – and to come to the aid of allies.
The resignation of UN special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, who has built his career on easing the most difficult conflicts, marks just how intractable Syria's civil war has become.
The US, Britain, China, and France have all offered help. But they are limited in what they can do on the ground, and Nigeria may hesitate to appear too welcoming of such aid.
Outgunned and surrounded, Syria's rebels are withdrawing from Homs under a 24-hour cease-fire. Claiming complete control of the city would be a significant victory for Damascus.
More than 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in northeastern Nigeria earlier this month. The region faces a long-running insurgency by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
Yemen says at least 55 militants died in airstrikes over three days. US drone strikes are unpopular in Yemen, but a weak central government has few options to curb Al Qaeda.
During his annual public call-in show, the Russian president said he would send troops into Ukraine to 'protect' locals if necessary.
NATO's top military commander says that he will present a package of measures next week laying out how the alliance will respond to the Russian buildup along Ukraine's borders.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he wants to create a framework to 'manage competition.' He visited China's first aircraft carrier yesterday.
Palestinian leaders appear to have given up on US-brokered talks with Israel, spurring criticism from all sides as well as reflection on what lies ahead.
The US has repeatedly urged Europe to boost its contributions to NATO. Now concern is growing about NATO's capabilities as it faces its biggest crisis since cold war days.
Syrian rebel advances into Latakia, a bastion of support for Bashar al-Assad, prompted a furious government response and fears among religious minorities.
The Syrian opposition says it finally has a rebel group that rejects extremism, welcomes a diplomatic solution, and can win a fight. Now, where are its weapons?