In a country numbed by violence, Israeli artists eschewed gory images in favor of creative dissonance to unpack Syria's dictator.
The US and European governments worry that Turkey is turning a blind eye to jihadis from their soil seeking to fight in Syria, and fear the consequences when these blooded fighters return home.
Egypt has turned hostile towards an estimated 325,000 Syrian refugees. Activists allege police are pressuring refugees to return to their war-torn nation.
Two Spanish journalists kidnapped in September near Syria's border with Turkey are believed to be held by an Al Qaeda-allied rebel group.
The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, which received the prize, called Tuesday for Israel, North Korea, Egypt, and three others to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Syrian government forces claimed victory over rebels along a highway linking Damascus with northern ports. Chemical inspectors hope to load weapons for decommissioning there.
The Pentagon bypassed US helicopter makers, choosing to spend more than $1 billion on dozens of Russian Mi-17 helicopters. A study shows the Chinook built by Boeing is a better fit.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged the ongoing threat from Iran in a speech Saturday to Gulf leaders. Hagel outlined a plan to allow sales of US radars, sensors and early warning missile defense systems to the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Typhoon Haiyan sparked renewed debate over how much food aid should be sourced locally.
Some refugees in Jordan are selling daughters into illegal 'protection marriages,' often with much older men. Sexual exploitation and abandonment are key concerns.