Analysts say the Russian withdrawal appears intended in part to pressure Syrian President Assad into negotiating seriously in Geneva and offering concessions.
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.
After helping defend the Assad regime, Moscow is now looking to exert its influence on peace talks in Geneva. The Syrian conflict entered its sixth year on Tuesday.
As the cost of living rises in Saudi Arabia, a new generation of women’s rights activists is emerging from the working and middle class.
The US said the tests merit a response from the Security Council, but Russia's contention that the launches did not violate a UN resolution all but rule out any council action.
Russia will maintain its air base and a naval facility in Syria and keep some troops 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.
The suicide car bombing on Sunday killed 37 people. It was the second deadly attack blamed on Kurdish militants in the Turkish capital in the past month.
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.
Among the dead were 39 civilians in the attack at a security checkpoint. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State.
Rights groups and European officials condemned Turkish police's takeover of the newspaper, seeing it as proof the government silences dissident views.
The Taliban in Afghanistan said they will not participate in a peace process with the Afghan government until other countries stop attacking them and leave the country.
Both sides are alleging violations in the Syria truce, for which there appear to be no consequences. But overall the violence has been dramatically reduced.
President Hassan Rouhani's bloc won a decisive election victory last month but any change will likely be incremental, to the frustration of reformers.
Saudi Arabia has lost patience with a country where Iran-backed Hezbollah holds an effective veto.
Israeli educators and academics are alleging that right-wing religious political appointees have meddled in a revision of a high school civics textbook to water down discussion of democracy.
The cease-fire has significantly reduced violence across the war-ravaged country, bringing some respite to civilians, particularly from airstrikes.
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.
The market bombings in Sadr City were the deadliest attack in a wave of explosions that targeted other commercial areas in and outside Baghdad on Sunday and brought the day's overall death toll to 92.
A victory for reformists would be a boost for President Hassan Rouhani, who championed the Iranian nuclear deal in the face of hard-line opposition.
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