The Israeli military says it goes above and beyond the requirements of international law to protect civilians. Israeli and international human rights groups disagree.
Hamas faced a choice between a cease-fire that met almost none of its conditions or rejection that gave Israel diplomatic cover for further escalation.
Israeli and Palestinian parents living under fire struggle to answer their children's questions about why the rockets and air strikes are back after a two-year hiatus.
The thousands of Syrian detainees released from regime prisons after President Assad declared a general amnesty last month now fear re-arrest. One man shares his story.
Egypt brokered a successful 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Its new rulers, who ousted an Islamist president last year, may be less keen on helping Hamas this time.
While volunteers have signed up to defend Shiite shrines in Iraq, Iran is leery of entanglement and suspicious of US motives. Iraq's parliament remains deadlocked on forming a new government.
Women and men cheer on their teams while watching the World Cup on TV in Tehran. But if the games were hosted in Iran, women would be barred from attending.
Hamas's popularity is soaring with every rocket launch, but some Palestinians say they are bringing destruction upon Gaza for their own political interests.
Independence for Iraqi Kurdistan is looking inevitable, with Kurdish fighters seizing more territory from Iraq's central government today. But one key Kurdish faction is wary of going it alone.
Rioting erupted last week in East Jerusalem over the murder of a Palestinian teenager. Local leaders who used to discipline angry youth are struggling to be heard.
Today's rockets launched from southern Lebanon were more likely a one-off, intended as a gesture of support for Palestinians, than a warning of a new campaign.
The visit showcased shared humanity, but also the difficulties of reconciliation in the current environment.
The complex and at times controversial economic and political relationship between the US and Iraq continues to evolve against a backdrop of conflict both in Iraq and the Middle East.
The UN's refugee agency estimates that one in four Syrian refugee households in neighboring countries are headed by women, breaking with tradition in a patriarchal society.
Hamas rockets have become more accurate and powerful, reaching well into Israel's economic and population centers. But Israel's Iron Dome defense system has so far been able to deflect them.
Israel launched airstrikes on militants' homes and called up 40,000 reservists amid a dramatic increase in rockets from Gaza, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.
Pump prices are up by 78 percent, sparking protests by taxi drivers, as Egypt tries to cut its subsidies bill. President Sisi says Egyptians should sacrifice for the good of the nation.
The dramatic rise is likely to put significant pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to heed calls for an all-out offensive against the Islamist movement.
Israeli police have detained six Jewish suspects in the killing of Muhammed Abu Khudeir after some of the worst street unrest in a decade erupted in East Jerusalem.
Syrian regime forces have allegedly targeted hospitals as a weapon of war, and doctors and nurses have fled the fighting. Telemedicine offers a way to guide treatment of patients in intensive care.