The Free Syrian Army has received US patronage in its fight against Syria's dictatorship. But the rise of Islamist militias in the rebels' ranks has led Jordan, a US ally, to switch its focus to counter-terrorism.
A Libyan coast guard commander says he has fewer than 10 boats to patrol one 300-mile stretch of coastline favored by smugglers. Over 25,000 asylum seekers have sailed from Libya and Egypt so far this year.
The northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour was captured by Islamist militants, including the Nusra Front, on Saturday. It's the latest in a series of setbacks for Syrian government forces in the south and the north.
Less than three months before a deadline for an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program, questions remain about how the S-300 missiles deal will affect strategic calculations in Russia, Iran, the US, and Israel.