Expectations for change have been high in Iran since President Hassan Rouhani's election. There have been some improvements, analysts say, but his ability to make deeper change may depend on the result of nuclear talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who called Monday for Israeli Arab protesters to move to Gaza and the West Bank, is being pressed hard from the right as he confronts what may be the biggest threat of his political career.
Violence has afflicted Jerusalem for weeks, and tensions are mounting as a young Arab man was killed by police in northern Israel, sparking a weekend of violent protests. Two Israelis were killed in separate attacks Monday.
Irina Bokova, the UNESCO chief, says Interpol and antiquities authorities are taking steps to halt a lucrative trade in the smuggled artifacts of ancient civilizations that helps IS fund its operations.
A day after Jordan recalled its ambassador over Israel's handling of clashes at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque, Israel's prime minister called King Abdullah. But Netanyahu's diplomatic options are limited.
Jason Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen, was arrested in July and has been held incommunicado in Tehran. Some believe his detention is part of a political war between supporters and opponents of President Rouhani.
For nearly a century, Jordan has had stewardship over Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site. Prime Minister Netanyahu has reiterated that Israel has no plans to change the status quo there.
Ten people died in a 2010 raid by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in an aid convoy attempting to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza. The ICC said it won't prosecute Israel, despite 'reasonable' evidence of war crimes.
A long-running Sunni insurgency based over the border in Pakistan's Baluchistan has left an indelible mark on an impoverished corner of Iran. President Rouhani has promised to improve the lot of citizens.
The city's light rail system runs roughly along the dividing line between the city's Jewish and Arab sectors. Wednesday's attack by a Palestinian driver who was shot dead by police has helped raise tensions to their highest level in a decade.
Egypt's media have swung decisively behind President Sisi and promised to support government policy on national security. Hundreds of journalists have warned of a 'new fascism' under the guise of fighting terrorism.
An assassination attempt of a rabbi, a provocative visit by an Israeli MP, and a Palestinian leader saying Israeli moves are tantamount to a "declaration of war" have Jerusalem at its most perilous moment since the end of the second intifada.
A disputed holy site was the immediate focus of the Jerusalem tensions, which spiked after the attack on a Jewish activist and the killing of his suspected assailant. But a new generation of Palestinian protesters has been in the streets for weeks.
With the help of local Sunnis on its southeastern border with Pakistan, Iran is using a blend of force, dialogue, and money to counter Jaish al-Adl, a radical group that claims to fight for Sunni rights.