A backgrounder on an extremist organization that is one of the Sunni Arab factions fighting and winning ground against the central government in Iraq.
As other attempts for Middle East peace fail, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority joined with the heads of two Christian churches in prayers for peace. The event Sunday at the Vatican serves as reminder about the universal source of a desire for peace.
Ala Alsallal, founder of the website Jamalon, says there will be an entire section on the website devoted to selling banned books. Alsallal hopes to make banning books so pointless that governments stop doing so.
Global oil prices could go up by $15 per barrel in about 10 years, if the Middle East doesn't invest more in its oil fields, the International Energy Agency says. The IEA also reports the world may find itself more reliant on Middle East investment for shale oil production.
In the twisted calculus of today's presidential election, President Bashar al-Assad will claim legitimacy by getting a smaller percentage of the vote than in years past.