The self-styled Islamic State is losing key battles on the ground in Iraq and Syria and in the propaganda wars as well. A Kurdish victory in Kobane would be a stinging blow.
Over the past year, Houthi rebels have expanded their sphere of territory, seizing Yemen's capital last September and clashing with government forces today. The upheaval has thrown the already fragile country – and key US ally against Al Qaeda – into chaos.
Meanwhile, protesters, journalists, and political opponents continue to go to jail.
Donetsk has seen a surge in fighting, both in the city and around its nearby airport, amid Western accusations that Russia has begun sending troops into Ukraine again.
Prosecutor Nisman died of a gunshot wound on Sunday. He was scheduled the next day to make the case that President Kirchner was involved in a cover-up of Iranian involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack in Buenos Aires.
The Shiite militia has taken charge of Sanaa, but has stopped short of formally toppling Yemen's government. President Hadi's whereabouts are unknown.
Oil and Iraq – and Iran, about which Obama issued a rare red line in his largely domestically focused speech.
A German jihadi cheerfully extolling the virtues of slavery and beheading is an example of how difficult that task would be.
Their word alone. Nasr al-Ansi, a militant commander, made the claim in a video released this week.
The attack on Baga, a border town with a Nigerian military base, started on Jan. 3. The Nigeria government disputes claims by human rights groups that as many as 2,000 people, mostly civilians, died in the subsequent fighting.
In a video message, a militant commander praised the gunmen who killed 12 people in Paris, including the editor of Charlie Hebdo. The latest issue of the satirical magazine went on sale in France Wednesday.
Certainly the three murderers in Paris were offended. But should they be allowed to speak for all Muslims?
Brigitte Gabriel claims the 15-25 percent of the world's Muslims are plotting attacks in the West. Why that number is inaccurate.
The killing of 143 militants from the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group could be a major blow to their expansion strategy. Hundreds of people died during a recent Boko Haram attack on a Nigerian garrison town near the border.
Once again, perspective is being lost in the wake of a tragedy.
Thousands of police will guard Jewish schools across France, while the military is also being deployed. Millions of people attended solidarity marches in France Sunday, including many world leaders.