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.

For Brazil’s isolated Indian tribes, flu can be deadly

Government, health organizations fight to shield indigenous people from getting and spreading the disease.

First bodies from MH17 flown out of Ukraine

The bodies are being sent to Holland, where officials have declared a day of national mourning.

Kerry lands in Israel in pursuit of cease-fire

The secretary of state planned to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials.

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Conflict is pushing Ukraine’s economy into a tailspin

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

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

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.

‘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.

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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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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.

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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.