The fundamentalist Madkhalis, who supported Qaddafi until the end, have fought hard to prevent ISIS from establishing a base in Libya. But experts warn of their influence on society and aim of establishing a theocracy.
Four years after the start of the civil war, the Bab Dreib district of Hobs, Syria, stands abandoned and destroyed. Only 30 percent of its former inhabitants have returned as roads and buildings are in ruins, making access to food and other resources difficult.
Pakistani Muslim clerics have banded together to issue a fatwa, or religious ruling, against suicide bombing. The ruling, contained in a book published by a state-run university, opposes extremist action and supports moderate Islam within the country.
Last week Israel gave Eritrean and Sudanese migrants an ultimatum: leave or face imprisonment. Israel has offered to pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, prompting the UN to urge resettlement in other countries.
In two weeks, Iran's protests against high unemployment and official corruption have embroiled dozens of towns and cities in unrest. The turmoil has resulted in 21 deaths and some 3,700 arrests, says an Iranian reformist lawmaker.
The US State Department has stopped security assistance, including reimbursement for counterterrorism operations, for Pakistan saying the nation isn't doing enough to eradicate terrorism in the region.
The past week's protests have been the largest in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election. Iranians echo the protesters' frustration over the weak economy and official corruption.
In a New Year's Day tweet President Trump accused Pakistan of harboring terrorists and declared an end to US aid.
Rebel groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and Army of Islam, said they are committed to the UN-led Geneva process, now in its seventh year.
The Army of Islam, a prominent rebel group in eastern Ghouta, said patients will be evacuated as part of a deal that was conditional on it releasing an equivalent number of captives.
China and Pakistan will consider extending their $57 billion infrastructure project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), to Afghanistan.
A UN resolution proposed by Egypt and supported by 14 Security Council members would have forced President Trump to back down on his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Russia has indicated it's ready to stand in as an 'honest mediator' in the peace process.