Millions of people from all over the world are making the pilgrimage to the Iraqi city of Karbala. The pilgrimage, described as a "walk to heaven" by one traveler, is the first since Iraq's government declared victory over the Islamic State group in January.
The renewal of US sanctions against Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon is starting to be felt across the so-called 'Axis of Resistance', especially as Tehran reels from deep economic woes.
Jumpei Yasuda was held hostage for 40 months by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria before finally being released on Oct. 24. His kidnapping underscores a worrying trend of journalists being taken captive in the Middle East.
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.
Workers stand for a poppy drop during a Remembrance Service at the Lloyd's building in London on Nov. 9.
A report released by the Human Rights Watch on Oct. 23 accuses both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas of suppressing dissent in the West Bank and Gaza respectively through arbitrary arrests and torture.
Prime Minster-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi opened an online portal allowing anyone to apply to run one of Iraq's 22 ministries. What his administration wasn't prepared for was receiving more than 15,000 applications in a matter of days.
Arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier in front of her West Bank home, the 17-year-old is meeting dignitaries and activists across the Middle East and Europe after serving an eight-month prison sentence, showing signs of a changing Palestinian activism that dismays Israeli officials.
Afghanistan's election has been postponed for a week in Kandahar province after an elite Afghan guard opened fire at the end of a meeting between Kandahar and US officials. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault that killed police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and wounded three Americans.
Since the US invasion in 2001, one of the few areas of progress in Afghanistan has been the advancement of women. They face many challenges as elections near, including passing legislation against violence and changing cultural norms.
Mandaeans, a minority religious group following the teachings of John the Baptist, have worshipped at the banks of the Tigris River for hundreds of years. Today, industrial chemicals and untreated sewage make it difficult for the Mandaeans to practice religious rites.
Some of the most invisible victims of the Islamic State's caliphate are children of the fighters themselves. Traumatized, alone, and stigmatized by the actions of their parents, their lives reveal the long road of recovery ahead in sectarian-ridden Iraq.