The UN announced Sunday that it had invited Iran to attend Syria peace talks in Geneva. The unexpected decision could scuttle the long-awaited meeting.
Turkey was an early supporter of Syria's rebellion, keeping its border open for refugees and aid, but has became wary of jihadi groups operating on its turf.
A multilateral effort to destroy the Syrian government's chemical arsenal cleared its first hurdle after missing year-end deadline.
Nowhere did US troops fight harder to expel Al Qaeda-linked insurgents than in Fallujah and Ramadi. But two years after the US withdrawal, the group fights on.
Israel will postpone announcing settlement expansions until after Kerry leaves the region, but the continued growth is but one of many major sticking points in peace negotiations.
Military rulers move to bury Egypt's largest political organization, amid bombings of a public bus and a police station.
Air strikes on Aleppo in northern Syria have killed hundreds of people in the past week. Regime forces are using "barrel bombs" on targets that reportedly include markets, hospitals, and schools.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Kiev this weekend, calling for the resignation of President Yanukovych after the government abandoned an EU trade deal.
Beijing wants to change the status quo in the East China Sea. US officials think it unlikely that China will challenge military flights.
The morning strike on a religious school killed at least five people, including the second leader of the militant Haqqani network to die this month.
Security forces still deployed on streets, and police may still have carte blanche to crack down.
Peace talks are floundering as leaders hurl accusations of duplicity, despite an agreement to keep negotiation details secret.
Essam el-Erian became just the latest Muslim Brotherhood to be arrested since the military overthrow the group's president in July. A court showdown is looming for next week.
Assessments of meetings today between Iran and the IAEA were optimistic, with IAEA officials planning to head to Tehran Nov. 11 to finalize a deal on inspections of key sites.
The US-Saudi relationship, which is built on defense partnerships and oil wealth, has been publicly strained over disagreement over Syria, warming US-Iran ties, and a UN Security Council seat.
The Syrian opposition has so far vowed to boycott November peace talks, bringing advantage to Bashar al-Assad, and undermining the position of a US-backed rebel group.
At talks next week, Iran may offer to stop controversial fuel enrichment, a key demand of negotiators, in order to lift painful sanctions.
Israel may be willing to be the spoiler of US-Iranian rapprochement because in its leadership's eyes, the alternative is extermination.
The four-day attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall, which killed at least 62, has raised questions about whether a group thought to be in decline is much stronger than realized.