Syrian government forces have reached an enclave of troops and civilians in Deir al-Zor, one of the Islamic State's last military strongholds in the country.
The United Nations' envoy to Syria said parts of the country could be liberated from Islamic State control by October, and that the push for free elections should be a priority in the coming year.
Though only a small part of Jerusalem's religious tourism market, Muslim pilgrims are becoming a sought-after demographic for both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Qatar restored full relations with Iran, ignoring demands from Arab nations and deepening the Gulf dispute.
Aleppo still struggles under the anguish of more than six years of civil war. But resilient residents are rebuilding lives in a war-torn town they once called home.
A fighter from Free Syrian Army (Al-Hamza Brigade) is seen looking out in Hazwan town in Aleppo, Syria Sept. 22.
Western and regional rebel patrons, currently more focused on advancing their own interests rather than accomplishing regime change in Damascus, are shifting their alliances and have ceased calls on Assad to step down.
Young men from the North African nation have been involved in deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels, and – just last week – emerged as suspects in violence in Spain and Finland. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.
President Erdogan of Turkey called German Chancellor Angel Merkel and her Christian Democratic supporters enemies of his country. The comments are some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Ms. Merkel and her Christian Democrats.
The departure of rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham will leave an Islamic State enclave as the last militant stronghold straddling the border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, which is home to tens of thousands of refugees.
Known as 'Little Picasso,' Farhad Nouri is a migrant from Afghanistan with remarkable artistic talent. He wants to show how important it is to be good to other people.
Legislative advances for women in Tunisia and Jordan may soon be followed by measures in Lebanon and Iraq. A quiet revolution has drawn on women’s increased participation in politics and the improved flow of ideas across borders.