Saudi Arabia's top prosector announced at a press conference he will seek the death penalty for five suspects charged with orchestrating the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. The prosecutor stated the killing was a spontaneous action and not premeditated.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Nov. 14 sending Israel's coalition government into a tailspin. Prime Minister Netanyahu insists the cease-fire deal with Gaza militants is best for Israel's long-term security.
With the campaign against the Islamic State effectively over, Iraqi militias created for combat are being re-directed for political purposes. In Iraq's parliament, a growing bloc of politicians with ties to Iran is emerging.
Egypt's president has cracked down on building residential homes on agricultural land. The dilemma is posing a catch-22 for Egypt's poor and middle-class, who cannot afford living in new government-subsidized housing communities.
Egypt has established a new human rights agency to battle accusations against the government of human rights violations. Egyptian lawyers see the move as a return to Egypt's status quo at the turn of the century.
In a grueling war that has cost the lives of thousands of people and produced one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the first step for peace is being laid by Houthis rebels as pressure mounts for a solution to the conflict.
A Mandarin duck swims in Central Park in New York on Dec. 5. In the weeks since it appeared in Central Park, the duck has become a celebrity.
Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are now engaged in the worst series of fighting since 2014. A botched Israeli undercover mission in Gaza over the weekend led to the resumption of rocket attacks in southern Israel.
From colorful rugs to the latest industrial tools, Iranian manufacturers at the Baghdad International Fair in Iraq worked to find new export customers. But companies who do business with Iran cannot also do business with the United States.
In Iran, fallout from US sanctions have been devastating: Its currency has plummeted, while the prices of everyday goods continue to soar. President Hassan Rouhani has reacted by escalating his rhetoric toward the US, warning that Iran is in a "war situation."
Plans for Marota City, an investment project in Damascus, features luxury high-rises and shopping centers. Many developments are under way in former rebel-held areas but critics of President Bashar Assad believe the rebuilding projects are politically motivated.
Istanbul's chief prosecutor asserts Saudi Arabia strangled and dismembered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Calling for the extradition of 18 Saudi nationals, Turkey insists that the Kingdom is deflecting accountability.
The formerly discrete nature of Israel-Gulf relations has become increasingly public, from the United Arab Emirates to Oman. Countering Iranian influence and a stagnation in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is emerging as a priority in the region.
After suffering under an Islamic State regime where no music and little culture was tolerated, Mosul, Iraq, is slowly regaining its artistic roots after its liberation by Iraqi-US forces in 2017. Today, a community of artists and activists is breathing life into the city's cultural exchange.