After more than a month of Syrian and Russian bombardment that has claimed 1,700 lives, the residents of eastern Ghouta have three stark choices: evacuate north with rebel fighters to Idlib province; fall under government control in camps near Damascus; or stay in the last opposition island of Douma, waiting for inevitable defeat.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceling the deal with the United Nations cast the fate of Israel's 35,000 African migrants into uncertainty. The migrants must now wait for the next decree by Israel's government to know their fate.
The Assyrian community, an ethnic minority in the Middle East, gathered to observe their New Year holiday and foster community pride. The group, whose numbers in the region are dwindling, have frequently been a target of the Islamic State.
A girl looks through a window of a train parked at a railway station in New Delhi on April 20.
While some critics view the decision as a calculated tactic by Ennahdha to regain power and restore its reputation among Western allies, others see it as an example of Tunisia's long-standing tradition of tolerance.
Next week's presidential elections in Egypt will field only one serious contender, a fact that has some concerned about a return to authoritarianism. Egypt's case raises questions about many Middle Eastern countries who have a complex relationship with democracy.
Three years ago, Afghan teenager Frozan began a beekeeping business. Now, with 20 hives and a buzzing business, she hopes her classmates and other women in Afghanistan will 'trust themselves and make a move' to fulfill their own entrepreneurial hopes.
Saudi Arabia is reviewing school curriculums to eradicate any trace of the banned Muslim Brotherhood's agenda in an effort to promote a more moderate form of Islam.
A library on wheels, the blue bus of Kabul is giving children in war-torn Afghanistan the opportunity to read. The initiative is a step toward reducing the country's 62 percent illiteracy rate.
Lebanon, saddled with debt and a long list of political woes, has yet to reply to Russia's offer of $1 billion worth of arms on favorable terms. The deal, say analysts and diplomats, is designed to erode US influence and represents a shift in Russian thinking as the war in Syria enters a more complex multinational phase.