Hard questions are being raised about the Taliban in Afghanistan now that the United States will formally meet with the al Qaeda ally about peace.
Syria is a Middle Eastern country sharing a border with Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The Syrian uprising began in March 2011. As of June 2013, more than 90,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations.
The G-8 leaders called Tuesday for a conference on Syria to be held "as soon as possible," but offered little new that might end the civil war there.
"Arab Idol" is more than just a popular singing competition. The Middle East version of "American Idol" gives the troubled Arab world something to smile about.
At least 31 people were killed and 57 others were wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
Analyst: Al Qaeda's affiliate inside Syria is now the best-equipped arm of the terror group in existence today.
Say goodbye to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In his first news conference Monday, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani said Iran could enter talks if the U.S. recognized its right to a nuclear program.
Two bombs struck a military airport outside the Syrian capital on Sunday night, the main rebel army said.
Iranian centrist candidate Hassan Rouhani won the country's presidential election Saturday, a victory that garnered both congratulations and skepticism
At least seven people were killed when a bomb exploded inside a popular coffee shop near the Iraqi capital
Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled strong disapproval Sunday of a U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels.
The United Nations and the United States condemned a wave of bombings in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities that left 15 dead and wounded dozens Sunday.
President Obama pressed ahead Saturday with a pledge to sanction Syria and support its rebels by phoning European leaders about Damascus' chemical warfare.
Iranian centrist candidate Hassan Rouhani has won the Islamic republic's presidential election, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced Saturday.
Sources say the United States is going to send Syrian rebels small arms, ammunition and maybe anti-tank weapons.
Pro-government Syrians were defiantly dismissive of a U.S. pledge to further support rebels following confirmation of government use of chemical weapons.
In Iran's presidential voting, very early results Saturday put centrist candidate Hassan Rouhani in the lead.
The rallies are over, students have been sent home and Iranians are preparing to brave searing heat and impenetrable traffic to select a new president Friday.
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The overall documented death toll in devastated Syria has reached 92,901, the United Nations said Thursday.
Voters in Iran will cast their ballots on June 14 for the country's next president, a man who will play a pivotal role in foreign and nuclear policy and who must also address economic challenges worsened by sanctions and international isolation.
The expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank has been a lasting thorn in the side of Palestinians.
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As the Iranian people get ready to cast their votes for one of the six remaining presidential candidates, as vetted by the country's Supreme Leader and the Guardian Council, a free election is under way in the virtual world -- where technology and the Internet are creating an alternative platform for Iranians to raise their voices.
A pair of suicide attacks in central Damascus on Tuesday killed at least 14 people and injured 31 others, Syrian state TV reported.
Two of the eight candidates running in Iran's upcoming presidential election have dropped out of the race ahead of Friday's election.
One of the eight candidates in Iran's upcoming presidential election has dropped out of the race, Iranian media outlets reported Monday.
A protest outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut turned deadly Sunday, the leader of a Lebanese political party said.
A 15-year-old boy seized by Islamic radicals was beaten and executed on a street in Aleppo, Syria, activists and family members said Monday.
At least 57 people were killed across the country Monday in a rash of bombings and other attacks, authorities said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on hand Sunday as officials at a nuclear plant took a critical step toward completing a reactor, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.
Aid workers remained unable Saturday to enter the embattled region of Qusayr, the ICRC said.
At least three people were killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb exploded Saturday in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, police said.
The United Nations on Friday made its largest appeal ever -- for more than $5 billion -- for relief aid to Syrians across the country.
Two French journalists working for Europe1 are missing in Syria, the French radio station said Friday, prompting fears that they may have been kidnapped.
He is still a long-shot to win -- but centrist candidate Hassan Rouhani has suddenly injected fresh intrigue in Iran's upcoming presidential elections.
Filing nervously into a sports hall in Mosul, northern Iraq, around 20 girls prepared to practice gymnastics. Compared to their male counterparts at Mosul University's Faculty of Sport, their number is small. Another difference is that the gates to the sports hall were locked behind them and an announcement made that the hall was exclusively allocated for women.
At least 14 people, including 10 border guards, were shot to death Wednesday by gunmen pretending to be a military checkpoint on a central Iraq highway.
Israeli tanks moved Thursday to the border on the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights.
The Syrian regime announced Wednesday it has taken control of the strategic city of Qusayr, where government and Hezbollah fighters have been battling rebels
CNN has learned that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified three Russian amphibious warships in the eastern Mediterranean that are believed to be carrying weapons shipments that might be used to resupply the Syrian regime, according to a Pentagon official.
Sarin gas has been used several times in the Syrian civil war, including at least once by the Assad regime, France's foreign minister said Tuesday.
She has become a symbol of the violent protests in Turkey. Across social media, she's known as "The Woman in Red."
Playboy magazine recently published its first Hebrew language edition in Israel -- but has anyone actually been reading the articles to notice?
Despite police efforts to disperse them, thousands held a sit-in Istanbul to protest a shopping center project.
A district court said it has agreed to hear a case against the rebuilding of historic barracks -- a project that has been one of the catalysts for days of protests in the city, Turkey's semi-official Anadolu news agency reported Friday.
Three people were killed and 30 others wounded Sunday and Monday in clashes between rival armed groups in northern Lebanon's port city of Tripoli.
Talks between Iran and the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency are "going around in circles," the agency's director general said Monday.
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Human Rights Watch blasts an attempt by an Iranian judicial council to keep stoning as a punishment for adultery.
A car bomb exploded in northeastern Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 8 members of the security forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The protests in Turkey have prompted Syria, which is mired in a bloody civil war, to issue a travel advisory
In the last few months Iranians have found themselves in a cyber no-man's land.
Iraqi troops raided a suspected terror cell of five people making chemical compounds for gas weapons.
A helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an emergency landing Sunday after it malfunctioned, state-run Press TV reported.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named the president of a West Bank university as his new prime minister Sunday, a top aide said.
The United Nations chief warned Saturday that all sides will be held accountable for the killing of civilians in a besieged Syrian border city
Syria's embattled government will get at least 10 fighter jets from Russia -- and they want more, Russian state media reports.
Observers say Syrian civil war is a a multi-sided conflict that threatens to set the wider Middle East ablaze.
A series of attacks last month killed more than 1,000 Iraqis and injured thousands more, the United Nations said Saturday.
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Syrian state-run television reported Thursday that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed three Westerners, including an American woman.
Qusayr has been bombarded for more than a week.
The Pakistani Taliban will avenge the group's No. 2 leader, who was slain Wednesday in a drone strike, and won't listen to peace initiatives, a spokesman said.
A wave of deadly bombings struck Baghdad on Thursday, prompting a U.N. official to warn the mayhem is "ready to explode" into a wider conflict.
A conservative novelist in Saudi Arabia has triggered a firestorm on social media after one his tweets was misunderstood in Western media.
A Sunni activist known to demonstrate against Iraq's Shiite-led government was assassinated by gunmen in Mosul, police officials said.
For many months Syria's rebels have begged the international community to supply them with the weapons they say they need to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
Two rockets fired from Syria landed Tuesday in and near the Lebanese city of Hermel, Lebanon's state news agency NNA reported.
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Bombings and a shooting left at least 10 dead in Iraq on Tuesday, the latest violence to rock the country.
Hundreds of candidates are vying to become Iran's next president, with hopefuls ranging from friends to foes of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
An Iranian-American college professor has quixotic hopes to be Iran's next president. But his real aim is to re-establish trust between the U.S. and Iran.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will challenge the disqualification of his top aide from next month's presidential election, state media reported Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry outlined Sunday a $4 billion economic development plan for the West Bank that he hopes will help encourage peace in the region.
The war in Syria has deteriorated to an "intolerable affront to the human conscience," the U.N. human rights commissioner says.
Two Yemeni Interior Ministry officials said two foreigners were kidnapped in the coastal province of Taiz, 250 kilometers south of the capital Sanaa, on Monday.
At least 51 people have been killed and more than 160 others were wounded in a wave of violence in Iraq on Monday, Iraqi Interior Ministry sources told CNN.
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CNN's Arwa Damon explains what's simmering behind the latest surge in violence in Iraq - attacks that some now fear could lead to full sectarian war.
Both the Syrian government and the opposition Syrian National Coalition indicated Sunday they are interested in a peace conference next month in Geneva, Switzerland, though both sides tempered any optimism about the summit with caveats.
Four rockets struck strongholds of the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon on Sunday, highlighting fears of sectarian tensions in the country that seem to mirror the strife in the Syrian civil war.
Hezbollah forces are fighting on the side of the Syrian government in the strategic town of Qusayr against rebels, its leader said Saturday.
Explosions and gunfire across Iraq on Sunday killed eight people and wounded 27, authorities said.
Clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 6 people in Tripoli
A Turkish-Armenian blogger vowed to appeal a day after an Istanbul court sentenced him to more than a year in prison for blasphemy.
At least four soldiers were killed and five others were wounded Thursday when gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint, police said.
Gunmen in Baghdad shot dead at least 12 people in a brothel Wednesday, authorities said.
Seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped six days ago in the Sinai Peninsula have been freed, the spokesman for Egypt's armed forces said Wednesday.
An Israeli report disputes video from 2000 showing the apparent death of a boy in Gaza that became a defining image of the second Intifada.
At least 19 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded Tuesday in bombings in Iraq, police said.
The fighting in Syria took another dangerous turn when rebel rockets targeted Hezbollah locations in Lebanon.
In popular culture, butlers are usually portrayed as "Made in Britain" and tend to stately homes somewhere in the English countryside. The last few years has revealed a different reality, however. Increasingly, "Jeeves" and his ilk are as likely to be found managing a palace in Saudi Arabia as a manor in England.
A string of car bombings and shootings across Iraq left more than 50 people dead Monday, authorities said.
She never displayed the boundless energy of other children -- all she seemed to do was cry.
A 27-year-old graphic designer has made history by becoming the first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest.