The leader of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, side-lined by the Trump White House and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, is flexing his control as he insists the PA holds responsibility over all Palestinian territories.
A prominent Saudi journalist and a contributor to The Washington Post who is critical of the country's policies on Yemen and women's rights has disappeared in Istanbul. Advocates are concerned he has become a pawn between Ankara and Riyadh.
With the Syrian government holding just over 60 percent of Syria's territory, President Bashar Assad hopes to begin reconstruction efforts despite few Western countries willing to help, international sanctions, and a seven-year-old conflict that continues to rage on.
The loss of territory and propaganda networks have severely cut into the effectiveness of ISIS military campaigns. But recent massacres in Syria and its history of survival during the Iraq War point to it continuing in a new form utilizing ambush surprise attacks.
Early elections look likely in Israel as the Netanyahu government splits over ultra-Orthodox military conscription, the Israeli attorney general considers corruption indictments, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to solidify his position and international alliances.
The Somali extremist group Al Shabaab generates millions of dollars in revenue off exports of charcoal to Iran and then the United Arab Emirates, according to the United Nations, in violation of UN sanctions.
Spectactors attend the opening of the Lumiere 2018 Grand Lyon Film Festival, in Lyon, France, Oct. 13.
The harsh prison conditions of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi are calling attention to the country's crackdown against democracy since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi came to power four years ago.
After an Associated Press report highlighted that food aid wasn't reaching target beneficiaries in remote parts of Yemen, the United Nations and donors are rushing to deliver supplies to avert famine conditions from spreading out across the country.
Major world powers are meeting at the United Nations this week and the future of the Syrian conflict will be on the table. As rebels stage their last holdout against President Bashar Assad in Idlib, here is a look at what could come next after the seven-year civil war winds down.
The era of political Islam appears to be waning in some regions. But as some Islamists broaden their appeal, there's an opportunity to increase our understanding of the nuances of Islam in politics.
In the crowded skies over Syria, a Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces. Russians have accused the Israeli military of deliberately using the Russian plane as a cover to dodge the Syrian defenses, straining diplomatic ties between the nations.