In what Russia's foreign minister is calling 'an act of terrorism,' insurgents fired mortar shells at the Russian Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday during a rally in which hundreds of Syrians marched in support of Russian involvement in Syria.
Russia’s intervention into Syria has been described as a “game changer.” The conflict has attracted a kaleidoscope of local, regional, and international players all vying to prevail. Here's a guide to who’s who.
Saturday's twin bombings at a peace rally in Ankara were the worst terror attack in modern Turkish history. The government says the Islamic State is the likely culprit, but critics accuse the government of complicity.
Attacks and clashes in recent days have claimed the lives of four Israelis and three Palestinians. Leaders on both sides are under pressure to appear tough, but there is also a record of security cooperation.