When all-American girl Jennifer Grout first stepped on stage to audition, nobody could have anticipated how this 23-year-old from Massachusetts would take the Middle East by storm.
A powerful explosion occurred outside the Ministry of Defense building in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday morning
Pope Francis Wednesday urged people to pray for 12 nuns abducted from a Greek Orthodox monastery in Syria.
A senior Hezbollah commander was killed outside his home in Beirut early Wednesday, a Lebanese security official told CNN.
The Syrian civil war has a new category of defectors: people fleeing from the rebels back to the Assad government.
Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egypt's "poet of the people" whose biting political verses inspired rebellion and taunted successive regimes, died Tuesday in Cairo at age 84.
Here is some background about the on-going civil war in Syria. Since the war began in 2011, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations.
Two of Saudi Arabia's best-known female advocates for lifting the ban on women driving were detained on Friday after being caught behind the wheel in Riyadh.
Sbeineh was once a thriving town on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Residents of the Syrian capital came to buy their furniture here and many factories, now abandoned, still line the main street into town.
A California couple accused in Qatar of deliberately starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death appeared in court Tuesday.
A suicide bomber wearing a belt of explosives blew himself up in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing four people, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said.
U.N. finds "massive evidence" that the highest levels of the Syrian government are responsible for war crimes, the U.N.'s human rights chief said Monday.
Somalia's Parliament ousted the country's Prime Minister in a vote of no confidence Monday after a dispute between him and the President over Cabinet picks.
Syria's brutal conflict between regime and rebel forces is creeping closer and closer to nervous residents in the areas of Damascus still under government control. But in some suburbs of the capital, all-out war is already here.
Acts of terror and sectarian violence killed 659 Iraqis and injured over 1,370 in November, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.
Police on Monday arrested the head of the defense team for the 21 women and girls sentenced for protesting in Egypt last month, a colleague told CNN.
More than 1,000 people protesting an Israeli parliament plan to displace more than 70,000 Bedouins from southern Israel's Negev clashed with Israeli riot police.
The United States has offered to destroy Syria's "priority chemicals," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Saturday.
Nine people were killed and 14 people were wounded in bombings across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, police said Saturday.
In the latest wave of violence in Egypt, eight people were injured Friday in clashes during protests in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsy.
An American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
Iran will not dismantle any of its nuclear facilities, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview published Friday in The Financial Times.
The U.S. on Friday congratulated the United Arab Emirates on landing the 2020 World Expo trade exhibition -- the first time a Mideast nation will host the event
Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, the fighting between rebels and soldiers loyal to Bashar al Assad has torn countless families apart with more than a million children now refugees, the United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR, says.
An explosion rocked a military weapons depot in southern Libya as people apparently tried to loot it, killing at least 20, Libya's state news agency said.
Syrian refugee children are in crisis, the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR says in new report.
An earthquake shook southern Iran Thursday near a nuclear power plant, killing at least 8 people and injuring 59 more, the semi-official Fars News Agency said.
A mortar lands near the Russian Embassy in Damascus, Syria, killing a Syrian civilian and injuring nine security personnel, Russia's foreign ministry says.
Lengthy sentences given to 21 women and girls arrested at a pro-Morsy demonstration have highlighted growing unease over Egyptians' treatment of dissent.
In a country as small as a newborn baby is tiny, the birth of Ghadi has been a very big deal for Lebanon.
Iran has invited inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit its Arak heavy-water production plant on December 8, the IAEA said.
The opposition is against democracy and afraid of what the nation's people want, Syria's deputy foreign minister told CNN on Wednesday.
A spate of shootings and explosions in Iraq left more than 20 people dead and dozens wounded Wednesday, police officials in Baghdad and Ramadi told CNN.
Here's a look at the life of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Dozens of demonstrators demanding the revocation of a new protest law clashed with Egyptian security forces in Cairo Tuesday.
Two Swedish journalists were abducted in Syria as they tried to travel out of the country, said Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Camilla Akesson Lindblom
Iran is a republic in Central Asia, sharing a border with seven countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. It has been officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. Iran is a Shiite Muslim country, but the majority of its people are Persian, not Arab.
Archaeologists uncovered rare prehistoric finds at a construction site in Israel, including traces of a 10,000-year-old house, a cultic temple and stone axes.
World Health Organization says additional polio cases have been confirmed in two new areas in Syria: near Damascus and in northern Aleppo, near Turkey.
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 August 2013, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations.
Here's a look at what you need to know about Iran's nuclear capabilities.
Gunmen killed a Russian military instructor and wounded a second on Tuesday in Yemen's capital of Sanaa in a drive-by shooting on a motorbike, police said.
Detained American pastor Saeed Abedini's name is nowhere to be found in the pages of text that spell out a new interim nuclear deal with Iran.
One day after Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lighter economic sanctions, the moods in Tehran and Jerusalem couldn't be more different.
The agreement reached between the international community and Iran over its nuclear program may be just a starting point, an interim deal to provide the space and mutual confidence for a more comprehensive agreement. But it breaks three decades of rancor and enmity between the United States and Iran, and just may be the first stepping stone toward a rapprochement of historic significance. The challenge now is to build on it. History is littered with great achievements set down on paper that have crumbled to dust -- overtaken by events or a fast-changing international landscape, by deception or because they were inherently flawed.
A "Geneva II" conference meant to broker an end to the Syrian civil war has been scheduled to begin on January 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.N. says.
At least 19 people were killed and 43 others were wounded in explosions and shootings across Iraq on Monday, police officials in Baghdad and Mosul said.
President Barack Obama plans to talk by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday about the Iran nuclear deal.
Heavy clashes between the army and members of Ansar al-Sharia have killed nine people in Benghazi, Libya.
The Iran nuclear deal is a complicated mix of politics and science. Here's a quick primer to get you up to speed.
Al Qaeda fighters in Syria have seized another town on the border with Turkey, consolidating their grip on a swath of northern Syria.
The diplomatic gridlock between Iran and the West seemed immovable for decades. But on Sunday diplomats made history.
The White House late Saturday issued a detailed synopsis, or "fact sheet," of the six-month deal regarding Iran's nuclear program.
More than 11,000 children have been killed in the nearly three-year civil war in Syria, including children who were tortured and executed, a new report says.
The following is the full text of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers:
Turkey has declared Egypt's envoy persona non grata in response to Cairo's decision to expel the Turkish ambassador, the Ministry of Foreign affairs said.
A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that slows the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out.
Double explosions of a roadside bomb and then a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 40 others near a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad on Saturday.
Syrian warplanes struck a rebel-controlled neighborhood in Aleppo, killing at least 14 people and wounding tens of others, rights group says.
At least 21 people were killed and dozens wounded in shootings and explosions across Iraqi on Friday, officials say.
A member of Yemen's parliament was shot dead by armed gunmen in Sanaa Friday, three senior Interior Ministry officials told CNN.
Top diplomats are flocking to the site of ongoing Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.
How do you dispose of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles? Call in private industry.
A suicide car bombing killed at least 25 people and injured 40 others at an outdoor market in northeastern Iraq on Thursday, police said.
Security guards in Tripoli stopped a Libyan lawmaker Wednesday after they found a hand grenade in her handbag, the city council said in a statement.
Secretary of State John Kerry said all sides are closer than they've been in a long time on an Iran nuclear deal -- while stressing it hasn't been reached yet.
At least 60 people were killed and dozens more injured in Iraq on Wednesday during a wave of bombings and shootings, police told CNN.
Iran and world powers are resuming talks in Geneva amid high hopes that a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program will finally be reached.
At least 23 people were killed and 147 injured Tuesday after a series of blasts in front of the Iranian Embassy in southern Beirut
In northern Syria, a conflict pits al Qaeda affiliates against rebels and against Syria's 2 million Kurds. It also threatens to spill far beyond Syria.
A bomb attack against military offices outside of Damascus killed at least 31 Syrian troops, including four high-ranking officers, an opposition group said.
Satirical website The Pan-Arabia Enquirer is considered The Onion of the Middle East. Sometimes, it finds, its readers can't take a joke.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss Iranian nuclear negotiations.
At least 14 people died and more than three dozen others were injured on Sunday in a wave of bombings across Baghdad, police said
Russia's foreign minister said Saturday that a deal with Iran on its nuclear program is close.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has approved a road map to destroy Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year.
The United States and other countries are "getting close" to an interim deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program, a senior administration official said.
Islamist fighters in Syria mistakenly beheaded a wounded fellow rebel soldier after assuming he was a supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, a rebel group says.
At least 36 people were killed Thursday in explosions targeting Shiite Muslims during their holy day of Ashura, officials said.
A Sudanese national was killed and 17 others injured Wednesday in the Saudi capital during ongoing clashes stemming from a visa crackdown
The Palestinian negotiating team has resigned and will not participate in peace talks with the Israelis, a spokesman for Palestinian mission to the U.N. said.
A Western security contractor was brutally assaulted in southern Iraq this week by a Shiite mob after he reportedly insulted their sect of Islam.
The mayor of the Iraqi city of Falluja was shot to death while bombings there, in Baghdad and in another city killed another 24 people Wednesday, police said.
Mohamed Morsy considers himself still to be Egypt's leader, despite his ouster more than four months ago in a military coup, he said in a statement Wednesday.
Israel canceled controversial plans to construct thousands of homes in East Jerusalem and on the West Bank, hours after the announcement sparked criticism
A Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli soldier Wednesday, killing him, the Israeli military said.
Avigdor Liberman sworn in as Israel's foreign minister after an absence of almost a year, amid a crescendo of opposition protests in the Knesset.
A morbidly obese Saudi Arabian man has lost 330 pounds since the Saudi king ordered him hospitalized three months ago, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
Criticism covered the French Foreign Minister's Facebook page and an air of disappointment hovered over much of Tehran just hours after word came that Iran and the world powers had failed to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
Iran's deputy trade minister was assassinated in his car in Tehran Sunday night, the government's news agency said.
Western allies aren't "blind" or "stupid" when it comes to nuclear talks with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry says.
Six world powers and Iran continued talks on its nuclear program Saturday, warning that despite progress, crucial issues remain unsolved.
Two people were killed and 68 others injured in clashes between police and foreign workers following a visa crackdown in Saudi Arabia.
Western diplomats and Iran appear to be inching toward a breakthrough agreement on Iran's suspected progress toward a nuclear bomb while easing some sanctions.
At least 10 people were killed when a bomb exploded Friday evening inside a popular restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a police commander said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Geneva to help in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
Here's a look at the life of Yasser Arafat, former President of the Palestinian Authority.
Gunmen burst into the home of a local leader Thursday in Iraq, killing him and five of his family members as they slept. It was one of several deadly attacks.
Scientists say levels of polonium-210 found in the body of Yasser Arafat "moderately" support the contention that he was poisoned.
Scientists who studied the remains of Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, say they can't determine if he was poisoned.