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

Inside the strange 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.

China to investigate one of its most powerful leaders in last decade

Investigation rumors have swirled around Zhou Yongkang, sending tremors through China’s political circles.

Afghan president’s cousin assassinated by suicide bomber

A teenager detonated a bomb hidden in his turban, killing Hashmat Khalil Karzai, Afghan officials said.

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict

The Gaza Strip came under heavy Israeli fire after Netanyahu rebuffed calls for an immediate cease-fire.

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Little hope for Burmese Muslims in refu­gee camps

Little hope for Burmese Muslims in refu­gee camps

Burma’s Muslim Rohingya are virtual prisoners in camps, with little health care and child malnutrition rising.

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 treaty with missile testing

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 treaty with missile testing

The pact on the use of intermediate-range missiles was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Syrian defector displays images of mutilated bodies

Syrian defector displays images of mutilated bodies

Smuggled images prove torture of prisoners by President Assad regime, anonymous man says.

At Gaza hospital, grief and shock for families of victims

At Gaza hospital, grief and shock for families of victims

“Oh my God, what happened to us?” one man cries, after an explosion kills 10 people, including seven children.

State Department urges Iran to release Post correspondent

State Department urges Iran to release Post correspondent

Jason Rezaian was detained last week in Tehran along with his wife and two others.

Libya paying legal fees for 1998 embassy bombings suspect

Libya paying legal fees for 1998 embassy bombings suspect

A federal judge in New York confirmed the Libyan government’s aid to Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai.

For Europe, punishing Russia’s economy may hurt its own

For Europe, punishing Russia’s economy may hurt its own

Possible new sanctions on Moscow could harm cities across the region reliant on economic ties to Russia.

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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

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Violent clashes break out between Libyan militias

Violent clashes break out between Libyan militias

Rival Libyan militias battled for control of the capital's international airport Saturday.
U.N. Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

U.N. Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

The U.N. Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the conflict between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting early Monday morning.
Massive blasts from airstrikes in Gaza

Massive blasts from airstrikes in Gaza

In the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of fighting, Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday.
Adviser: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

Adviser: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

An adviser to Ukraine's interior minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country.
Israel and Hamas fail to agree on a cease-fire

Israel and Hamas fail to agree on a cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have each launched new attacks after failing to agree to a 24-hour truce that had been proposed by both sides at different times.
Militants release video claiming to show American suicide bomber in Syria

Militants release video claiming to show American suicide bomber in Syria

An Al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria posted a video of 22-year-old Florida native Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha before he was reported to have carried out a suicide attack on May 25.
Wreckage of Air Algerie plane found in Mali

Wreckage of Air Algerie plane found in Mali

The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people that disappeared from radar en route to Algeria on Thursday was found in Mali, 80 miles north of Burkina Faso.
Parents of MH17 victim visit the crash site

Parents of MH17 victim visit the crash site

The family of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 traveled from Australia to pay respects at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
Israel mulls cease-fire amid Gaza offensive

Israel mulls cease-fire amid Gaza offensive

Israel's security cabinet meets on Friday. A top Israeli official says cease-fire efforts and the possibility of expanding the Gaza offensive are both on the table.
Wounded victims of U.N. school shelling arrive at hospital

Wounded victims of U.N. school shelling arrive at hospital

Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded when a U.N.-run school in Gaza sheltering Palestinian evacuees came under shelling on Thursday.
FAA lifts flight ban but Gaza fighting rages on

FAA lifts flight ban but Gaza fighting rages on

Israeli tanks and warplanes slammed Gaza on Thursday, as Hamas stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade, despite U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire.
Families travel to Taiwan crash site

Families travel to Taiwan crash site

After a jet carrying 58 people crashed into a residential area in Taiwan’s Penghu Island, family members of victims were flying on Thursday to the small Taiwanese island.
Plane leaves Ukraine with more bodies of crash victims

Plane leaves Ukraine with more bodies of crash victims

A Dutch police spokewoman said 74 coffins are leaving Ukraine, destined for Eindhoven on Thursday. Esther Naber said it’s impossible to say if all bodies will be recovered and identified.
Ukrainians flee Donetsk

Ukrainians flee Donetsk

Three days after fighting resumed between separatists and the Ukrainian army, residents of the eastern rebel-held city of Donetsk continue to leave.
Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv

Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Israel on Wednesday, to push for a cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas.
Typhoon Matmo brings heavy wind, rain to Taiwan

Typhoon Matmo brings heavy wind, rain to Taiwan

Typhoon Matmo made landfall in eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, damaging homes and property with strong winds and relentless rain.

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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.

Israel hits power plant, targets Hamas chief

Israel hit Gaza with heavy fire after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed calls for a truce and told his nation to prepare for a long fight.

‘Nobody fights like the Taliban’

U.S. soldiers have widely divergent outlooks about the odds that Afghanistan will somehow stabilize.

Hopes fade for a break in Gaza conflict

Explosions rocked a major hospital in Gaza, causing numerous casualties.

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Bog snorkeling, Commonwealth Games, cliff diving, shelling resumes in Gaza and more.

Marking Eid al-Fitr around the world

With prayer and festivals, Muslims celebrate the three-day holiday at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Slides indicate multiple rocket launches

Images from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence suggest evidence that Russian forces have fired across the border at Ukrainian military forces.

Fierce fighting near rebel-held Donetsk

Kiev government officials are optimistic after Ukraine’s military ousts pro-Russian forces near the separatist bastion.

Gaza violence triggers protests worldwide

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

Taiwan, China feel tropical storm Matmo’s strength

Floodwaters strand commuters as heavy rains and winds batter eastern China.

Best news photos of the week

Images from the Gaza conflict, Malaysia Airlines crash, Typhoon Matmo and more top photography this week.

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

Photos of the day

A Croatian underwater park, Comic-Con, giant puppets, intensifying Gaza conflict and more.

Visitors center tells the story of King Richard III

The center, at the site in Leicester, England, where his remains were discovered, will open July 26.

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.

Photos of the day

Commonwealth Games, ketchup bottle-shaped water tower, Wyoming’s Natural Trap cave and more.