After years in ISIS prison camp, they now face an uncertain welcome home
Thousands of people have finally returned from their ISIS detention camp to Iraq. But getting them home will be another story.
U.S. concludes unintentional Israeli fire likely killed American journalist
The bullet was too badly damaged to reach a definitive conclusion of its origin, but based on the investigations, the State Department said it came from Israeli positions.
Judge asks U.S. if Saudi crown prince should be immune from suit
The order comes days before Biden is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, a trip that has prompted accusations of Biden reversing his promise to make the country a "pariah" after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Egypt’s historic houseboats are demolished as Cairo is remade
The houseboats have been scenes of history, hosting diplomats, German spies, belly dancers and generations of residents trying to escape Cairo's noise and heat.
War in Ukraine may threaten displaced Syrians’ lifeline
The aid lifeline for millions of people in northern Syria is up for debate in the Security Council, during worsening tensions over war in Ukraine.
Resistance builds in Tunisia as populist leader seeks more power
In the year since the president made a power grab, he has implemented a slow-burn rollback of Tunisia’s democratic gains and opposition is growing.
Ben & Jerry’s back in West Bank settlements, East Jerusalem
Ben & Jerry's said it did not agree with the deal reached by its parent company, Unilever.
Slain journalist’s brother seeks U.S. help holding Israel to account
President Biden will visit Israel on July 14, and Shireen Abu Akleh's brother said he hopes the issue will be addressed in talks with the Israeli government.
Israel loosens abortion law restrictions after Roe v. Wade decision
Previously, Israeli women could have an abortion only after undergoing an approval hearing with doctors and a social worker.
Chlorine gas leak at port in Jordan kills at least 13, injures hundreds
A tank was dropped by a crane at the port of Aqaba, sending plumes of toxic yellow gas into the air.
U.N. rights body says Israeli soldiers killed American journalist in West Bank
Israeli authorities originally said the fatal shots came from Palestinian gunmen.
Afghanistan endures yet another deadly shock
The tragedy of Wednesday’s earthquake is compounded by Afghanistan’s political isolation and economic unraveling.
Amid criticism, Western tourists returning to a battered Syria
This summer locals and tour guides report increasing numbers of European tourists ready to once again explore Syria's sights.
Turkey’s Erdogan hosts Saudi crown prince, ending rift over Khashoggi murder
Turkey was once a leading critic of Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's murder, but an economic crisis has left it open to improving ties.
Netanyahu prepares for a comeback in Israel’s next elections
The former Israeli prime minister is hoping for decisive outcome in the upcoming Knesset elections by galvanizing the country’s right wing.
Iraq’s wild-card cleric upends politics as summer’s heat descends
Moqtada al-Sadr is characterizing his withdrawal from parliament as an indictment of a dysfunctional political system created by the U.S. invasion.
Israeli leader to dissolve Knesset and set stage for new elections
The nation is headed to its fifth election in less than four years as the coalition broke.
Israel is hoping its gas will finally make it part of the Middle East
After decades of cold peace, Israel's natural gas ventures are binding it closer to its once-hostile neighbors.
U.N. turns to crowdfunding to salvage oil tanker decaying off Yemen
After years of trying to get the warring parties to agree to a plan to salvage the massive tanker, the U.N. now doesn't have the funds to implement it.
In Saudi crackdown on LGBTQ expression, even rainbow toys aren’t safe
As the United States celebrates Pride Month, Saudi Arabia is targeting rainbow-colored objects and movies that feature LGBTQ characters.