The West Bank's largest city is a frequent flashpoint between Israeli settlers and Palestinians. Now Palestinian activists have launched their own patrols to document alleged settler violence in Hebron after Israel expelled international observers.
A new museum in Iraq's capital honors the mainly Shiite militiamen who died fighting the Islamic State. The Iran-backed militias gained prominence after helping the government in the war. Some worry that this spells trouble for a country with a history of bloody sectarian strife.
Friday marks the anniversary of Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan 30 years ago. Once hailed as a much sought-after end to a bloody quagmire, many Russians now see the decade-long war as successful and legitimate action against United States-backed militants.
What impact does America's inward gaze have on international problem-solving? That's an issue we will return to regularly. Here, a look at how six US-friendly Arab nations are banding together.
Despite the eradication of Islamic State militants from their small Iraqi town, many Christian residents fear returning to Bartella, which is now run by Shiite militias who frequently bully and assault Christians – a power grab that is playing out across Iraq.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to disband the observing force that currently reports on human rights violations in Hebron. But the Palestinian government sees its presence as increasingly necessary protection against "settler attacks."