The agreement between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government is the first major sign of compromise since the self-described Islamic State began its major advance in Iraq in June.
Unnamed officials say authorities detained family members of the Islamic State's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Former President Mubarak was cleared of criminal charges related to the uprising that unseated him in 2011. As young activists filled Tahrir Square at the time, few imagined that just three years later a new military regime would again chain the press and civil society.
Gill Rosenberg, a foreigner fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria, was allegedly captured by the Islamic State. Various Kurdish sources report Ms. Rosenberg is safe, but military officials have not provided evidence of life.
The expanding US-led campaign against the Islamic State in Syria saw a wave of bombings today.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called the European initiatives a 'big mistake for peace.' Meanwhile, a bill to codify Israel's identity as a 'Jewish state' is drawing fire.
France was under heavy pressure from NATO allies not to go through with the sale of the helicopter carrier amid rising tensions over Ukraine.
President Obama's dismissal of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today is the latest sign of the president's growing hawkishness in the face of unresolved conflicts in the Middle East.
China says its construction of an island on top of a reef in the contested Spratly Islands is 'completely justifiable.' It appears the expanded island could accommodate an airfield.
Economist Ilham Tohti received a life sentence in September for 'splittism' and 'inciting hatred.' Many in the academic and diplomatic community say he is a rare prominent voice of moderation.
The beauty queen's murder by her sister's boyfriend is just a high-profile example of the sort of violence – particularly against women – that has given Honduras the worst per capita murder rate outside a war zone.
French President François Hollande said that Europe needs to be more vigilant about the radicalization of its citizenry after the appearance of several Europeans in the video showing the execution of American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig.
Kurdish fighters continue to gain ground against the self-described Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobane. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have reportedly regained full control of the country's largest oil refinery.
Two militants in a video showing the beheadings of a dozen hostages, including US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and Syrian fighters, are thought to be French. The video, which was released Sunday, also appears to include two Britons.
Settlement construction, controversy over the Temple Mount, and an antagonistic relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas have Jerusalem in danger of more conflict.
Iraqi security officials said today their forces had recaptured Baiji oil refinery, while US Defense Secretary Hagel said yesterday that IS advances had been stalled. IS leader Baghdadi, meanwhile, released an audio call for more attacks.
Russia's decision to increase its military patrols of the West comes amid increasing tensions over the situation in Ukraine.
Opium output in Afghanistan, the world's largest producer, is forecast this year to be 17 percent higher than in 2013, possibly because security personnel were pulled off opium crop eradication duty.
The European Leadership Network chronicled some 40 incidents over the past eight months, saying that Russian forces 'seem to have been authorized to act in a much more aggressive way.'
Worshipers under 35 were barred from the Al Aqsa shrine in Jerusalem on Friday as the Israeli government tried to tamp down anger among both Palestinians and Jordanian officials over access to the site.