The Iranian immigrant to Australia has had an erratic and violent past.
A major English language, pro-Islamic State Twitter account turns out to be run by a Hawaiian-shirt-wearing executive in Bangalore, India.
Ziad Abu Eid died Wednesday after a scuffle with Israeli security forces. His funeral was held Thursday amid an ongoing dispute over the exact cause of his death.
Partisan reactions in the US to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture continue to drive political debate. Reactions elsewhere to the report's findings have been more muted.
For starters, you have to ignore the fact the people have known about this for a long time.
There's been a growing use of Special Forces to try to rescue American hostages from Islamist militants. Given the difficulties, the track record is unavoidably mixed.
A lot of partisan media outlets and Republican politicians appear to believe so.
The adoption of slogans like the 'war on terrorism' since Al Qaeda's attacks on 9/11 was supposed to be about the tactic, not about the underlying beliefs of the attacker.
Space for dissent in Egypt is shrinking fast, as impunity for the powerful appears to be, once again, on the rise.
The theatrical attempt at 'surrendering' to authorities who weren't seeking the protest leaders' arrest comes amid flagging hopes of success for the Hong Kong democracy pressure group.
A date hasn't been set, but early Israeli elections are all but a lock.
The agreement between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government is the first major sign of compromise since the self-described Islamic State began its major advance in Iraq in June.
Former President Mubarak was cleared of criminal charges related to the uprising that unseated him in 2011. As young activists filled Tahrir Square at the time, few imagined that just three years later a new military regime would again chain the press and civil society.
The expanding US-led campaign against the Islamic State in Syria saw a wave of bombings today.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called the European initiatives a 'big mistake for peace.' Meanwhile, a bill to codify Israel's identity as a 'Jewish state' is drawing fire.
President Obama's dismissal of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today is the latest sign of the president's growing hawkishness in the face of unresolved conflicts in the Middle East.
Settlement construction, controversy over the Temple Mount, and an antagonistic relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas have Jerusalem in danger of more conflict.
The brutality of the Islamic State, which it's relying on to terrify Iraqi Sunnis into submission, continued with the recent murder of 322 captives, Iraqi officials say.
Using John Cantlie, whose friend and colleague James Foley was beheaded by the group two months ago, is one of the Islamic State's lesser crimes. But it's still a crime.
A slew of ruling by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have turned the clock back to the Mubarak era. On Friday, at least 31 Egyptian soldiers died in Sinai attacks blamed on militants.