Both Washington and Moscow may see few options other than dialogue in a conflict that has taken up to 400,000 lives.
The protests had a staged quality, but they speak to Iraq's entrenched inequalities – and the popular thirst to address them.
For Syrians whose path to Europe has been blocked, survival in Turkey's largest city means a constant search for food, shelter, and people to help them.
Despite a Turkey-EU vow that the deal now being implemented would be conducted in “full accordance” with international law, rights advocates say refugees' varying circumstances are not taken into account.
Turkey and Iran are engineering a partial rapprochement after an extended period of heated disputes. Turkey is hosting the Organization of Islamic Cooperation this week.
President Erdoğan is leaving his troubles behind for a few days to attend a security summit in Washington. Being seen with Obama tops his to-do list.
To get to the front lines of Iran's conflicts in Syria and Iraq, war photographers must overcome the fact that hardly anyone wants them there.
Last week's EU-Turkey deal to halt the flow of migrants sailing for Greece has yet to impact the mindsets of Syrian migrants and those who smuggle them into Europe.
Turkey is asking a high price of Europeans who are desperate to solve the migrant crisis. The deal includes more money, easier visas for Turkish citizens, and a renewed path to EU membership.
The takeover of the Zaman newspaper was only the latest episode, analysts say, in Erdoğan’s systematic crackdown on his foes as he seeks to create a powerful presidential system in Turkey.
President Hassan Rouhani's bloc won a decisive election victory last month but any change will likely be incremental, to the frustration of reformers.
A moderate-reformist coalition supportive of President Rouhani overcame disqualifications, a media blackout, and other impediments to chip away at the power of Iran's hard-liners.
Iranians are electing a new parliament and a clerical body that could pick the country's next supreme leader. On the streets of Tehran, anticipation mixes with skepticism.
The much-sought-after constituency in Friday's elections sees little chance of dislodging hard-liners, but say President Rouhani has made their lives better.
Hossein Dehbashi once worked to get Hassan Rouhani elected president of Iran. Now, he says, he and other supporters of reforms feel taken for granted.
Not a Shiite religious figure and not a martyr, Qassem Soleimani, the living commander of Iran's elite Qods Force, has been elevated to hero status.
Glorified religious sacrifice, a staple of the regime's efforts to secure its citizens' support, is giving way to an updated appeal to Iran's youth.
Amid a wave of maneuvering by Iranian hard-liners, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini has been disqualified for election to a powerful political body.
In the run-up to late February elections for parliament and a body that could pick the next supreme leader, the battles parallel the divide between religious and electoral power.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was held for 543 days on security charges his family and employer dismissed as absurd.
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