Muhammad Najab is a tattoo artist in Baghdad. (Max Becherer)

Inside the strange, sectarian world
of Baghdad’s tattoo parlors

In a country where religious affiliation is linked to so many deaths, inside a shadowy shop those divides are transcended by a love of ink and grunge.

Conflict is pushing Ukraine’s economy into a tailspin

The country will need billions of dollars of new economic assistance this year, economists say.

Only 200 bodies were aboard train, Dutch expert says

The number was lower than the 282 bodies that Ukrainian officials said were recovered from the crash site.

Developments in Gaza hostilities could bolster Hamas

A missing soldier and canceled flights to and from Israel pose a potential shift the dynamics of the conflict.

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‘Going to be one of the hardest prosecutions imaginable’

‘Going to be one of the hardest prosecutions imaginable’

Despite mounting evidence that separatists downed Flight 17, officials face evidentiary and legal obstacles.

Gazans say they would flee the fighting, but to where?

Gazans say they would flee the fighting, but to where?

More than 40 percent of the territory is a closed military zone, and Israeli strikes have hit schools and shelters.

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Airplane-crash investigators say tiny holes in the wreckage could confirm a missile did the damage.

Israel revives punitive home demolitions in West Bank

Israel revives punitive home demolitions in West Bank

Destroying the houses of the Palestinians accused of killing three teens is an effort to deter Hamas.

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo won the country’s presidential election with 53 percent of the vote.

E.U. foreign ministers consider tougher Russia sanctions

E.U. foreign ministers consider tougher Russia sanctions

Britain leads a bloc pressing for strong measures over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane.

Russians bombarded with unusual theories for MH17 crash

Russians bombarded with unusual theories for MH17 crash

What might seem like conspiracy theories about Ukraine crisis are common in Russian media.

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Himalayan death tolls

Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

2009: A Rwanda homecoming

Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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Diplomatic push intensifies for cease-fire in Gaza

Diplomatic push intensifies for cease-fire in Gaza

Secretary of State John Kerry met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday as part of a multi-national effort to end fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
MH17 remains leave war zone

MH17 remains leave war zone

A train arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday morning, carrying bodies of those passengers who perished on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The bodies are execpted to go on to Amsterdam.
Recording may show attempt at MH17 coverup

Recording may show attempt at MH17 coverup

Phone conversations intercepted by the Ukrainian Security Service allegedly reveal pro-Russian rebels attempting to conceal evidence related to the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Israel bombs multiple targets in Gaza

Israel bombs multiple targets in Gaza

Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said.
Gaza diplomacy intensifies amid mounting toll

Gaza diplomacy intensifies amid mounting toll

The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state headed to Cairo Monday for the highest-level attempt yet to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and more than two dozen Israelis.
Ukrainian rebels plan to return MH17 black boxes from crash site

Ukrainian rebels plan to return MH17 black boxes from crash site

A rebel leader in Ukraine said the black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down have been recovered and will be turned over to aviation authorities.
International team inspects MH17 bodies

International team inspects MH17 bodies

Editor’s note: This video contains graphic content. A team of international monitors on Monday inspected refrigerated railcars in the Ukrainian town of Torez, where nearly 200 bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight were being kept.
Airstrike in Gaza kills 25 family members

Airstrike in Gaza kills 25 family members

Bulldozers clear rubble Monday from a building in Gaza where an Israeli airstrike hit Sunday, killing 25 members of the same family, Palestinian officials say. Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content.
Officials fear MH17 site tampered by pro-Russian rebels

Officials fear MH17 site tampered by pro-Russian rebels

Ukrainian officials are accusing Russia of helping pro-Russian separatists destroy any evidence at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
Crews begin moving bodies at Malaysian jet crash site

Crews begin moving bodies at Malaysian jet crash site

OSCE representatives arrived at the site of the Malaysian plane that was shot down on the Ukraine and Russia border and began moving bodies at the scene. Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content.
Israeli airstrike turns buildings to rubble in Gaza

Israeli airstrike turns buildings to rubble in Gaza

Raw video shows buildings turned to rubble after Israeli troops battled Hamas militants in Gaza on the second day of a ground operation on Saturday.
Israel launches ground invasion in Gaza Strip

Israel launches ground invasion in Gaza Strip

Israeli forces on Thursday launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, the military said. The ground invasion comes hours after a five-hour “humanitarian truce” ended.
Malaysia concerned about MH17 crash site

Malaysia concerned about MH17 crash site

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai expresses deep concern over preservation of MH17 plane crash site in Ukraine.
Workers search Malaysian plane wreckage

Workers search Malaysian plane wreckage

As emergency workers continue to search for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 after it was shot down near the Russian border, world leaders are calling for a cease-fire in Ukraine.
Clinton: Put pressure on Putin if Russia to blame

Clinton: Put pressure on Putin if Russia to blame

Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that European leaders should put more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin if Russia was involved in the Flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine.
Fireball at site of Malaysian plane crash

Fireball at site of Malaysian plane crash

Ukrainian officials said a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country. This video shows the explosion from the crash site and black smoke rising in the air.

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Israel mourns three teens at public funeral

The students who went missing in the West Bank in June were laid to rest in the city of Modiin.

Picking up the pieces from Flight 17

As hundreds of volunteers were combing the crash site for bodies and debris, friends and family members were trying to cope with their loss.

Images released by U.S. intelligence on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Images and maps released by U.S. intelligence claim to show movements of a surface-to-air missile launcher, and Russian military activity in Ukraine.

Mourning victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash

People around the world gather to grieve for those who died when the plane was shot down above eastern Ukraine.

Death toll rises as Gaza fighting intensifies

The number of fatalities in clashes between Israel, Hamas rises above 630 as cease-fire negotiations show no signs of progress.

Gaza violence triggers protests worldwide

Activists on both sides come out as fighting continues to engulf the region.

Animal views

Fun and fascinating creatures around the world.

Photos of the day

Black box recovered from Malaysian airliner, Malala Yousafzai at “Girl Summit,” U.S. immigration hunger strike and more.

Inside La Gran Familia

According to Mexican officials, a police raid freed six babies, 154 girls, 278 boys, 50 women and 109 men from the filthy shelter.

Clashes break out in eastern Ukraine city

Five are dead in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk after fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government forces.

Fighting continues at Tripoli airport

Libyan militias battled for control of the capital’s airport, fighting that killed at least three people, a security official said.

Photos of the day

Casualties mount in Gaza, Malaysian Airlines Flight17 crash site, developing greenhouses for Mars and more.

Inside the Costa Concordia

As crews prepare to tow the wrecked cruise ship away to be scrapped, a look back at the salvage operation.

Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza

Backed by artillery shells and airstrikes, assault continues.

Malaysia plane crashes in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people has been shot down, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

On the front line in bomb-battered Pakistan

Members of a bomb-disposal unit are at grave risk handling explosives and facing violent militants.