A combined effort by the United States and Pakistani governments freed an American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children after being held captive for five years in Pakistan.
Investigators conclude the Syrian government did use chemical weapons in an area with civilians. This report comes as Syria, Russia, and Iran escalate fighting around the city of Deir el-Zour in order to drive out Islamic State militants.
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.
The world is less violent today because of restraint by people or nations in justifying the use of violence to prevent violence against them. That trend should not be easily reversed as the US ponders attacking North Korea or as groups in the US justify violence at public protests. Humanity has grown in its understanding and use of empathy as a tool for peace.
In contrast to ISIS’s rule over the city, Iraq’s government has already shown a path to reconcile Iraqis, especially its minority Sunnis.
Qatar Airways employs new security procedures to satisfy American authorities, joining two other major Gulf carriers off a US laptop ban list.
In a historic dispute with Qatar, several Arab nations sent the nation a 13-point list including 'steep' diplomatic and political demands. Turkey has refused to comply with the ultimatums and intends to bolster its military presence in Qatar.
Saudi king ends the lingering uncertainty over succession, promoting his son Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince and deputy prime minister.
In response to a rising threat posed by the Islamic State and a growing number of American casualties in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to announce a troop surge in the area to support a war effort that has extended over three US presidencies.
Kuwait’s emir is engaging Qatar’s emir in a series of talks intended to mediate a resolution to the disagreement that resulted in strict embargos on Qatar.