Rise of Sunni militants poses new threat to Lebanon

A Lebanese army soldier holds his weapon.

Young Sunnis travel to Syria to support the rebels and return home radicalized.

    Iran nuclear talks deadline extended

    Iran nuclear talks deadline extended

    Negotiations could resume as early as next month in an attempt to maintain momentum.

    Israel greets extension of Iran nuclear talks with relief

    Israel greets extension of Iran nuclear talks with relief

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants economic sanctions against Iran to continue.

    Kerry: Iran nuclear talks extended for 7 months

    Kerry: Iran nuclear talks extended for 7 months

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday that diplomats have given themselves an additional seven months to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement, though talks in Vienna have made “real and substantial progress.”

    Tensions at a Jerusalem holy site threaten delicate Jordan-Israel ties

    Tensions at a Jerusalem holy site threaten delicate Jordan-Israel ties

    The rising animosity over a sacred mosque could help undermine efforts to fight Islamic extremists.

    U.S. proposes extending talks as Iran deal deadline looms

    U.S. proposes extending talks as Iran deal deadline looms

    The move was an acknowledgment that negotiators were unlikely to bridge big gaps in the short time left.

    Islamic State kills at least 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

    Bodies were discovered by the Iraqi army when it launched a counteroffensive.

    Photos from around the region

    Attackers storm Jerusalem synagogue, killing 4 worshipers

    Two attackers armed with knives, axes and a gun stormed a synagogue in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, killing four worshipers and wounding several others before police shot them dead.

    From symbol of peace to lightning rod

    A train line that was meant to unite Jerusalem’s Palestinian and Jewish populations has become the site of violence.

    Muslims commemorate Ashura

    Shiite devotees in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan mark the holy day amid heightened security measures.

    Tomb raiders in Jordan ravage ancient crypts

    Treasure hunters imperil a rich cultural heritage in their search for artifacts.

    Muslims celebrate Eid

    People around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to commemorate the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

    A holy journey

    About 2 million Muslims stream into Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj.

    Syrian Kurdish refugees seek haven in Turkey

    As they flee the advancing Islamic State, they are hoping Turkish fighters can establish a secure zone for their safe passage.

    Syrian Kurds flee advance of Islamic State

    Nearly 150,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey since the past weekend.

    Battling the Islamic State

    The United States launches airstrikes against targets in Syria.

    Financial woes roil a part of Iraq used to stability

    Oil-rich Kurdistan region is shaken by Islamic State threat and an economic crisis fueled by budget disputes and corruption.

    Kerry makes unannounced visit to Iraq

    The secretary of state discussed ways to bolster the stability of the new Iraqi government and combat the Islamic State.

    A defeat for Islamic State in two Iraqi towns

    Kurdish pesh merga fighters, Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen take one town and free another from besiegement by militants

    Pushing back Islamic State

    Government forces and Shiite militias launch counterattack to reclaim territories taken by the militants.

    Fighting ends as Israel, Hamas agree to truce

    Hamas and Israel have agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200 people.

    Majority of Yazidis return to Iraq

    Many who had been trapped at risk of death fled to Syria and now are in safer areas in Iraq.

    Nahal Oz Kibbutz residents return home

    These frontline communities in Israel, devoid of usual residential life, resemble ghost towns.