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Saudi Arabia's 'religious police' assault British man and wife in Riyadh updated 6 hours 5 minutes ago

A video of a British man and his Saudi wife being assaulted by members of Saudi Arabia's religious police has gone viral across the Arab world.

Iraqi military families storm parliament, demand answers after ISIS slaughter updated 6 hours 54 minutes ago

Families of Iraqi military members attacked by ISIS stormed parliament in Baghdad Tuesday, demanding information about the fate of their loved ones.

Saudi terror network busted, government says updated 7 hours 23 minutes ago

Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 men who were part of a terrorist network, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Israel slammed for West Bank land expropriation updated 9 hours 30 minutes ago

Israel came under fire Monday for claiming close to 1,000 acres of land in the Palestinian West Bank.

UK raises terror threat level, citing risks out of Syria, Iraq updated 9 hours 38 minutes ago

The UK government raised its terror threat level Friday from "substantial" to "severe."

Prominent activist arrested in Bahrain updated 1 days ago

Prominent Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested after arriving in the island nation over the weekend.

What can the United States do against ISIS in Syria -- and could it work? updated 1 days ago

The U.S. has many options to deal with ISIS in Syria, but each has its pluses and minuses.

U.N. to investigate alleged human rights abuses by ISIS updated 1 days ago

The U.N. Human Rights Council says it will send a special mission to Iraq to investigate human rights abuses allegedly committed by ISIS.

U.N. trying to secure release of Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels updated 1 days ago

Officials are still trying to secure the release of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji who were taken captive by al Qaeda-linked rebels from Syria.

Report: ISIS waterboarded captives updated 1 days ago

Did ISIS use a notorious former CIA interrogation technique on Western hostages?

Siege of Iraqi town broken; U.S. lawmakers demand ISIS strategy updated 1 days ago

Iraqi security and volunteer forces have broken the siege of Amerli and have entered the town, retired Gen. Khaled al-Amerli said.

Israel shoots down drone near Syrian border updated 1 days ago

Israel shoots down a drone that entered Israeli airspace near the Syrian border, an IDF spokesman confirms Sunday.

Israeli soldier's death raises toll from Gaza conflict updated 2 days ago

An Israeli soldier who was critically injured in fighting last month died Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces announced in a tweet.

Despite rise in terror threat level, London's streets remain busy updated 2 days ago

The United Kingdom may have raised its terror threat level, but the streets of London don't appear to be fazed.

U.N. peacekeepers under fire on Golan Heights; 44 held by militants updated 2 days ago

U.N. peacekeepers were attacked on the Golan Heights, even as officials said they were working to gain release of dozens of others detained by Islamists.

U.S. military carries out airstrikes, aid drops to Iraqi town surrounded by ISIS updated 2 days ago

United States carried out humanitarian airdrops to the Iraqi town of Amerli, where thousands of minority Shiite Turkmen have been surrounded.

Rouhani calls sanctions against Iran illegal and crime against humanity updated 3 days ago

President Hassan Rouhani Saturday called new U.S. penalties against firms violating sanctions against Iran illegal and a crime against humanity.

U.N. counts 3 million Syria refugees updated 3 days ago

The number of people who have fled Syria and registered as refugees amid the country's civil war was to surpass 3 million Friday.

Obama on ISIS in Syria: 'We don't have a strategy yet' updated 4 days ago

It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

CNN Exclusive: A 13-year-old witness to ISIS' beheadings, crucifixion in Syria updated 4 days ago

The little boy looks barely old enough to walk, let alone understand the dark world he's now inhabiting.

U.S. on alert amid claim of new American killed fighting for extremists in Syria updated 4 days ago

A coalition of Syrian opposition groups says a second American has been killed while fighting for ISIS, in addition to Douglas McAuthur McCain.

U.N.: 43 peacekeepers captured near Golan Heights crossing updated 5 days ago

43 U.N. peacekeepers were detained in Syria near the country's border crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, the United Nations says.

Police: Body found in Israeli forest is missing American hiker updated 5 days ago

The body of missing American Aaron Sofer was found in a Jerusalem-area forest, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Thursday.

Iraq Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

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

Jalal Talabani Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

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

Syrian rebels, al Qaeda-linked militants seize Golan Heights border crossing updated 5 days ago

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

U.S. weighs airstrikes, aid drops for Iraqi town besieged by ISIS updated 5 days ago

President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes and aid drops to help save thousands of Iraq's Shiite Turkmen besieged by ISIS, officials said Wednesday.

Slain ISIS jihadi among more than 100 Americans fighting with militants in Syria updated 5 days ago

An American man died last weekend in Syria while fighting for ISIS, the latest evidence of the reach of the terror group.

Official: Obama weighing options to go after ISIS in Syria updated 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 days ago

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

Hamas leader admits militants abducted slain Israeli teens updated 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 days ago

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

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley updated 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 15 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 15 days ago

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

Ahmed Chalabi Fast Facts updated 15 days ago

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

Iran Fast Facts updated 15 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 15 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 15 days ago

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

Yazidi refugees braced for life in exile updated 15 days ago

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

Tehran is a halfpipe: Entrepreneur makes skateboards in Iranian basement updated 15 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 15 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 15 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 days ago

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

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