Photos from around the region
Gaining control of the northern city, captured by the Islamic State in June, would be a key step in pushing out the militants.
Some say they’ve come to fight for their religion — others just to fight. But their first battle is with Iraqi bureaucracy.
Six months after the cease-fire, 100,000 remain displaced, people cook over open fires and pledged aid has dried up.
Iran marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with massive rallies.
Fighting between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces continues with estimated death toll at more than 200,000.
Tear gas and a stampede combined for a fatal melee late Sunday outside a stadium in suburban Cairo.
People gather to show support for King Abdullah II and the military after the Islamic State’s killing of Muath al-Kaseasbeh.
Hit Israeli satirical TV show “A Wonderful Land” is back for a 12th season, and the comedians say the timing is perfect.
Israel and Hezbollah exchanged deadly fire Wednesday across a border region monitored by U.N. peacekeepers.
Defeat of the Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, is a plus for U.S. and European governments concerned about domestic terror.
He cancels a visit to the Taj Mahal to attend the funeral and meet the country’s new leader.
The new monarch, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.
Saudi Arabia’s new king joined prayers Friday before the simple burial of the country’s late ruler Abdullah.
A Palestinian man attacked at least nine people on a crowded bus during rush hour in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
The Nineveh Liberation Camp is home to hundreds of police officers who fled Mosul in June in the face of an Islamic State offensive.
The men, who died in a kosher supermarket, were among 17 killed by Islamists during three days of bloodshed in France.