A UN mediation effort has brought Libya's two rival governments to the negotiating table, but both continue to gird for military victory over the other. The chaos benefits the Islamic State and others.
Turkey's elections next Sunday are shaping up as a referendum on the increasingly authoritarian Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who seeks to rewrite the country's constitution to consolidate power in the presidency.
Two separate car bombs went off late Thursday in the parking lots of two prominent hotels in Baghdad. The ability of the IS militants to target heavily secured buildings in the heart of the capital brutally underscored the city's lingering vulnerability.
Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Gaza's dominant Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians during last year's war with Israel. A statement by Hamas denies involvement in the actions described by Amnesty.
Jordan's interior minister and police chief resigned in the wake of the latest death in custody of a suspect. Citizens in Maan, a city with a reputation for militancy, have adopted the slogans of US protesters to push back against police brutality.
A Facebook page close to IS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control of Palmyra as well as the town's airport and prison.