With roots in ancient Mesopotamia and a tenuous footing within modern Middle East nation-states, Assyrians have been displaced by conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and exile communities have grown up in Turkey, Iran, and Europe.
Chinese soldiers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) cover themselves in snow during cold endurance training in Heihe in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The training is designed to improve the soldiers' ability to complete tasks under extreme weather conditions.
As Yemen remains on the brink of civil war, the international community is making calls for a negotiated settlement with the ousted government. Does the chaos on the ground leave Yemen vulnerable to more terror groups operating there?
Dozens of late 19th and early 20th century villas are giving way to high-rise apartment blocks. Egyptian preservationists are fighting an uphill battle to save buildings that reflect the city's cosmopolitan past.
Bahrain-based Al Arab Television, owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was taken off the air a day after debuting with an interview with a local opposition leader. 'Technical' reasons were cited.