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Syrian rebels, al Qaeda-linked militants seize Golan Heights border crossing updated 7 hours 18 minutes ago

Militants battling the Syrian government seized control of the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday.

Official: Obama weighing options to go after ISIS in Syria updated 9 hours 50 minutes ago

U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria as ISIS militants continue to gain ground, a U.S. official told CNN.

ISIS captive's mother: 'He's an innocent journalist' updated 11 hours 27 minutes ago

A mother's plea to the terrorists holding her son hostage: No individual should be punished for events he cannot control.

Freed journalist Curtis back in the U.S. updated 14 hours 58 minutes ago

After almost two years in captivity in Syria, Peter Theo Curtis is finally home.

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza truce with core issues left unresolved updated 15 hours 1 minutes ago

After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire.

Father of New Jersey man missing in Israel joins search updated 16 hours 42 minutes ago

Family of New Jersey Yeshiva student who went missing while studying in Israel joins search in forest outside Jerusalem, offers reward for his return.

Journalist freed from Syria: 'I'm overwhelmed' updated 16 hours 54 minutes ago

After almost two years in captivity in Syria, Peter Theo Curtis is finally home.

Search intensifies for New Jersey man missing in Israel updated 1 days ago

Israeli police have stepped up their search for a New Jersey man who went missing while hiking in a forest outside Jerusalem.

End to fighting in Gaza? What you need to know about the truce updated 1 days ago

Fifty days of fighting. Thousands of rocket attacks and airstrikes. And a number of failed cease-fire agreements.

Israel-Gaza truce reached, this time with no expiration date updated 1 days ago

Cheers echoed through Gaza on Tuesday after a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas militants was announced.

Did a second ISIS militant kill James Foley? updated 1 days ago

The shocking video of James Foley being beheaded in Syria has set off multiple investigations into the mystery of who killed the American journalist.

Britain close to identifying James Foley's killer, ambassador says updated 1 days ago

British officials "are close" to identifying the ISIS militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, Britain's ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday.

Freed journalist's mom asked 'proof of life' question updated 1 days ago

Nancy Curtis said she wanted proof her son, Peter Theo Curtis, was still alive after being held captive almost two years by Islamist rebels in Syria, she told "ABC World News Tonight."

Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight terror updated 1 days ago

The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the U.S. and others to fight "terrorists."

Israel blasts 2nd residential tower in Gaza updated 1 days ago

An Israeli airstrike blasted a residential tower in Gaza on Monday night. Earlier, the IDF said it had hit rocket launchers concealed inside a Gaza shelter.

Rush hour car bombing in Baghdad kills 10 updated 1 days ago

A car bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 10 people and wounding 34 others, police said.

American held in Syria for almost two years is released updated 2 days ago

An American journalist held in Syria by Islamist rebels for close to two years was released Sunday.

5 key questions in the fight against ISIS updated 2 days ago

ISIS has become the new face of international terrorism in the eyes of the United States and its Western allies.

Grape expectations: How to make the "sexiest wine on the planet" updated 2 days ago

Wine has been produced in Lebanon for thousands of years but conflict across the Middle East has hit sales and production in recent times.

Israeli airstrikes kill 16 in Gaza, Palestinian officials say updated 2 days ago

Israeli strikes killed seven people in Gaza on Sunday and a Palestinian attack on a border crossing wounded four Israeli civilians.

Former CIA chief: Matter of time before ISIS tries to attack West updated 3 days ago

An ISIS attack against the West is a question of timing -- "not of inevitably, not of intent," according to ex-head of the CIA, Michael Hayden.

Syria Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

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 2014, more than 191,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations.

Iraq mosque massacre: 65 dead updated 3 days ago

Suspected Shiite militiamen opened fire Friday inside a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing dozens in an area officials say is the latest flashpoint

ISIS siege cuts off small Iraqi town from food, water updated 4 days ago

As violence continues to wrack Iraq, the United Nations warned Saturday of another ethnic slaughter in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS.

U.N.: 'Unspeakable' suffering in Iraqi town besieged by ISIS fighters updated 4 days ago

As violence continues to wrack Iraq, the United Nations warned Saturday of another ethnic slaughter in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS.

Hamas urges Palestinian leaders to take case to international court updated 4 days ago

Hamas is urging the Palestinian Authority to go before the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel.

Brother: 'More ... could have been done' to save James Foley updated 4 days ago

Saying he doesn't want his brother James "to have died in vain," Michael Foley remembers his strength and calls out the U.S. for not doing more to save him.

Hamas admits its men abducted Israeli teens, says its leaders didn't know updated 5 days ago

The death toll in Gaza continued to rise Friday, a day after an Israeli strike killed three senior leaders of Hamas' military wing.

Gaza's zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict updated 5 days ago

The sights at the Gaza zoo couldn't be sadder.

Hamas leader admits militants abducted slain Israeli teens updated 5 days ago

Hamas: Three Israeli teens kidnapped in the West Bank in June and later found dead were abducted by Hamas militants.

Report: At least 38 killed after tourist buses crash in Egypt updated 5 days ago

At least 38 people were killed and 41 injured Friday when two tourist buses crashed in northeastern Egypt, the semi-official news website Al-Ahram said

James Foley's final months: Mock executions, failed rescue attempt updated 5 days ago

The captors of American journalist James Foley originally demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million), according to a GlobalPost spokesman.

Pentagon chief: ISIS 'beyond anything we have seen' updated 5 days ago

Top defense officials left open the possibility of targeting ISIS in Syria, saying Thursday it was not enough to just hit the extremist group in Iraq.

With more than 191,000 dead in Syria, U.N. rights chief slams global 'paralysis' updated 5 days ago

It's a chilling figure: 191,369 men, women and children reported killed in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2014.

Foley execution heightens fears for Western hostages updated 5 days ago

U.S. journalist James Foley was beheaded by his ISIS captors to send a message to the Western world. And he is not the only Westerner held by the group.

ISIS: What it will take to beat terror group updated 5 days ago

ISIS was not a key priority for the West till it took Mosul in June. But its actions since then in Iraq and Syria have galvanized an unlikely coalition.

3 senior Hamas military leaders killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza updated 6 days ago

An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza overnight killed three high-ranking members of Hamas' military wing, the Qassam Brigades, the militant group said.

Strikes, counterstrikes resume between Israel and Hamas after talks fail updated 6 days ago

Strikes and counterstrikes between Israel and Hamas resumed as talks aimed at agreeing to a longer-term truce fell apart.

The GIF artist who draws with humans updated 6 days ago

Erdal Inci clones himself in digital form to create a surreal selfie army. The effect is pretty trippy.

Official: U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, others in Syria failed updated 6 days ago

A recent attempt to rescue American James Foley and others in Syria failed, a U.S. official told CNN on Wednesday

Beheading of American journalist James Foley recalls past horrors updated 7 days ago

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS militants has stirred grim memories, bringing into focus the risks faced by war reporters

Obama: ISIS a 'cancer,' U.S. to continue operations in Iraq updated 7 days ago

U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq, the same day President Barack Obama vowed to act against ISIS in the beheading of an American journalist.

Hassan Nasrallah Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim militant group.

Iraq Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the country of Iraq which borders Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran and the Persian Gulf.

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley updated 7 days ago

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American.

After the rescue: A Yazidi family's harrowing flight to escape ISIS updated 7 days ago

Sisters Aziza and Dunya Hamid escape Mount Sinjar in a helicopter rescue. CNN's Ivan Watson tracked them down to a makeshift shelter in Zakho

Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours updated 8 days ago

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to extend the current Gaza cease-fire by 24 hours.

29 rockets in 20 minutes: Israel, Hamas ceasefire breaks down updated 8 days ago

Rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel's military said Tuesday, hours after a truce in the conflict was extended until the end of the day.

U.S. airstrikes critical in Mosul Dam capture updated 8 days ago

U.S. airstrikes help Kurdish and Iraqi forces take control of Mosul Dam, fighting back ISIS militants who had seized the dam, President Obama says

Israel's 'refusers': Why we too feel 'occupied' updated 8 days ago

His long hair has been shaved off, he has to wear a Marine's uniform and is given orders like a soldier, but Udi Segal is not in the military -- he has in fact refused to join the Israel Defense Forces. He may have refused to join then, but he's still forced to look like a soldier in prison.

Mohamed Morsy Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, Egypt's first democratically-elected leader.

Nuri al-Maliki Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at the life of the former Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki.

Saddam Hussein Trial Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here is some background information about the trials and execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Ahmed Chalabi Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) since 1992.

Jalal Talabani Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at the life of the sixth Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Iran Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

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.

Massoud Barzani Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq.

Pervez Musharraf Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan.

Yazidi refugees braced for life in exile updated 9 days ago

They are the faces of an entire community on the run.

Tehran is a halfpipe: Entrepreneur makes skateboards in Iranian basement updated 9 days ago

Skateboarding is growing in popularity in Iran and one entrepreneur is looking to capitalize by designing his own boards.

U.S. warplanes, Kurdish forces pound ISIS targets in bid to retake Iraqi dam updated 9 days ago

Kurdish forces fired mortars and explosives at extremist militants Sunday as the battle to retake a strategic dam in northern Iraq raged on.

250 injured after strong earthquake hits Iran near border with Iraq updated 10 days ago

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck early Monday in western Iran, near the border with Iraq, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Palestinian, Israeli delegations in Cairo for talks updated 10 days ago

Palestinian and Israeli delegations have returned to Cairo for indirect talks a day before the cease-fire is due to end.

Neighbors joined ISIS slaughter, Yazidi says updated 10 days ago

When ISIS arrived, a Yazidi says Arab neighbors of his joined the militants in carrying out their slaughter in northern Iraq.

U.S. airstrikes on ISIS part of operation to retake key Iraqi dam updated 11 days ago

U.S. warplanes hit militant targets as part of an effort to retake a key piece of infrastructure in northern Iraq -- Mosul Dam.

'Heroic' mission rescues desperate Yazidis from ISIS updated 11 days ago

The Iraqi air force and Kurdish peshmerga carried out a dramatic rescue Monday at Mount Sinjar, safely evacuating some Yazidis driven there by ISIS.

'A catastrophe': Yazidi survivor recalls horror of evading ISIS and death updated 11 days ago

Faced with the choice of converting, getting killed or fleeing, many Yazidis in Iraq ran -- only to find themselves struggling to stay alive.

Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam updated 12 days ago

Extremist fighters swept into a Yazidi village in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least 80 men and taking more than 100 women captive, officials say.

Who's Haider al-Abadi, the man who will lead Iraq? updated 12 days ago

As new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi will inherit the political reins of a country deeply divided along sectarian lines

Nuri al-Maliki ends bid to continue as Iraq's prime minister updated 12 days ago

Nuri al-Maliki says he is stepping down as Iraq's leader, but true to form, he's doing it on his own terms.

Iran's king of cars sees need for economic speed updated 12 days ago

Mohammad Reza Najafi is one of Iran's foremost businesspeople and he sees a promising economic future for his country if sanctions are lifted.

Why does the U.S. intervene militarily in Iraq but not in Syria? updated 13 days ago

Why is the U.S. intervening in Iraq but not Syria? The answers lie in some clear differences in the conflicts.

After shaky start, Gaza cease-fire extension appears to hold updated 13 days ago

Israel has accepted a five-day extension of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told CNN on Thursday.

War zone wedding: Gaza couple marry at U.N. shelter updated 13 days ago

Amid the death and destruction of life in Gaza, a spark of hope for the future: A Palestinian couple have married in a makeshift wedding ceremony at the UNRWA shelter which has become their temporary home.

Save one dying lake, save the Middle East? updated 13 days ago

Iran will invest $5b to save one of the world's largest saltwater lakes from dying.

Rabaa 'was a massacre': A year later, CNN journalists recall crackdown updated 13 days ago

I've seen death in war zones -- Afghanistan, Pakistan's tribal region, Libya -- but never have I seen as much bloodshed as I saw in Cairo on August 14, 2013.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki objects as his ouster looms updated 14 days ago

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called moves to replace him in office a "conspiracy woven from inside and out" in a taped televised address Wednesday.

Pentagon: Mass evacuation of Yazidis in Iraq unlikely updated 14 days ago

As Yazidi refugees flee ISIS into Kurdistan, the Islamist fighters confirm the abduction of Yazidi women and children from the Iraqi town of Sinjar.

Gaza cease-fire in question after rockets, airstrikes updated 14 days ago

Israeli airstrikes, as well as rocket attacks toward Israel, raise questions about the viability of the extension of a cease-fire in and around Gaza.

Officials: More U.S. advisers being sent to Iraq updated 14 days ago

About 130 additional U.S. military advisers are being sent to northern Iraq to look at relief options for minority Yazidis who fled ISIS fighters.

Will Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki go without a fight? 5 things to know updated 14 days ago

There may not be many issues on which the Islamic Republic of Iran and the White House agree, but dumping Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in favor of Haider al-Abadi is one of them. The message from a growing number of actors inside and outside Iraq is the same: Maliki must go if the country is to be saved.

Batch of Syria's declared sarin precursor neutralized, group says updated 14 days ago

A large portion of Syria's remaining declared chemical weapons stockpiles has been neutralized, a chemical weapons watchdog group said Wednesday.

Dehydration or massacre: Thousands caught in ISIS chokehold updated 15 days ago

Thousands of Yazidis trying to escape ISIS militants flee into the Sinjar Mountains in northern Iraq.

Amid Gaza truce, the daunting challenge of rebuilding updated 15 days ago

With just 72 hours of calm under the current truce, Palestinians are rushing to try to fix some of the worst of the destruction caused by the Gaza conflict.

Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki digs in as President nominates new Prime Minister updated 16 days ago

Iraq's President nominated a new Prime Minister on Monday, further complicating the country's intense power struggle amid a dire humanitarian crisis.

Iraq crisis: Troops swell in Baghdad amid ISIS threat, humanitarian nightmare updated 16 days ago

A crisis so dire that families are fleeing to Syria. A militant threat so strong that U.S. forces are striking from the sky.

Officials: ISIS recruiting on the rise in Sunni areas of Iraq updated 16 days ago

Hundreds of young Sunni men have joined ISIS in recent weeks in Iraq, senior Iraqi defense officials tell CNN.

Gaza talks resume in Egypt as new truce holds updated 16 days ago

Indirect talks between Palestinians and Israelis, aimed at ending the hostilities in Gaza, have resumed in Cairo, Egyptian state-run EgyNews said Monday.

Iraqi troops and tanks surge into Baghdad amid political turmoil updated 16 days ago

Iraqi troops, security forces and tanks surged into Baghdad on Sunday as political turmoil deepened over who should lead the country.

Israel and Hamas agree to a 72-hour cease-fire updated 17 days ago

An uneasy, but welcome, calm descended on Gaza and Israel late Sunday with the start of a 72-hour cease-fire.

Reports: At least 39 die in passenger plane crash in Tehran updated 17 days ago

A passenger plane crashed in Tehran on Sunday, killing at least 39 people on board, official news agencies in Iran reported.

Officials: U.S. airstrikes pound ISIS militants firing at Iraq's Yazidis updated 18 days ago

U.S. airstrikes can help, but it will be up to Iraq to vanquish the Sunni Islamic militants -- and that will be a long-term struggle, President Obama says.

More strikes on Gaza, more rockets into Israel as blame-game continues updated 18 days ago

The latest failed cease-fire quickly becoming a distant memory, the two sides in the Israel-Gaza conflict traded rockets and airstrikes Saturday.

Could ISIS retaliate against the West? updated 18 days ago

With ISIS making gains, bomb makers sharing their expertise and terrorists forging new ties, there's concern that Mideast terror could spread to the West.

Egyptian court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood's political party updated 18 days ago

An Egyptian court has dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, state-run MENA reports.

ISIS overtakes Iraq's largest Christian city updated 19 days ago

Iraq's largest Christian town has been overrun ISIS militants, the French government confirmed.

Who are the religious and ethnic groups under threat from ISIS? updated 19 days ago

In a church in Irbil, 40-day-old Yeshua lies asleep in a crib, his sister playfully rocking him. It's a peaceful scene. Their mother watches over them, but her face shows the fear and despair many Iraqi minorities have felt over the past few days.

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