Two Palestinian men armed with meat cleavers and firearms killed four worshippers at a synagogue in West Jersualem on Tuesday. While it was the deadliest attack of its kind in the city since 2008, it was also yet another sign of rising violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Police removed barricades in Hong Kong on Tuesday, taking down a section of one of the protest movement's camps after two months of sit-ins. But it was a small step by the city's government, and the Occupy Central movement isn't likely to end any time soon.
Long the home of watery lagers, China is becoming a big, new market for craft brews. But thanks to red tape and government restrictions, it is foreign breweries instead of local beer makers who are filling the demand for China's beer lovers.
Morteza Pashaei was only 30 years old when he died of pancreatic cancer on Friday. The news of his death sent thousands of Iranians into the street to pay tribute to the pop singer, who was a huge star among his country's young people.
After 11 years of traveling to and writing about Yemen, American journalist and scholar Gregory Johnsen was nearly kidnapped there earlier this year. He says it's a sign of how much more dangerous and unforgiving the country has become for Americans.
ISIS militants released a graphic video of the beheading of American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and 18 Syrian prisoners this weekend. The footage was shocking, but also revealed faces and locations of the executioners in a move to incite the US and other Western countries.
Iran and the US have one week to come up with a deal to control Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for relaxed sanctions. Those restrictions have taken a major toll on Iran, and citizens of the country are primed for an agreement.
Vladimir Putin has spent the past year pushing the West around, directly and indirectly. This week, he sent Russian tanks into Ukraine, seemingly in violation of a cease-fire deal. And now he's pushing a deal with Iran that he says will resolve that country's nuclear problem.
India has been in the news recently for the way it treats its women and girls — and mostly not in a good way. But some women and girls are taking matter into their own hands, making sure they get the education to which they are entitled. Even when it means challenging the country's traditional way of doing things.
The US State Department has resumed non-lethal aid to the more moderate rebel groups in Syria. Along with food, medical supplies and communications equipment, the aid includes 43 Toyota pickup trucks. The BBC's Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn explains the value of pick-up trucks in war zones.
When Steven Sotloff's friends discovered he was being held captive by ISIS militants, they set out to hide any reference to the fact that he was Jewish and a dual American-Israeli citizen — and succeeded.
When India celebrated the success of its first Mars mission, a photo of middle-aged female scientists draped in saris became the viral face of that triumph. But that doesn't mean female scientists face an easy path, and Rhitu Chatterjee says much more needs to be done for gender equality.
Public support for Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip has remained strong and steady in Israel. But as the Palestinian death toll reportedly climbed above 1,400 people, divisions within the American Jewish community over the war are becoming more and more clear, says Peter Beinart, author of “The Crisis of Zionism.”
A visit to the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza is like a trip into the Twilight Zone. The security precautions and lack of human contact between the Israelis and Palestinians who work there captures the bizarre relationship between the two sides.
The new NOVA special, "Vaccines: Calling the Shots," explores the lingering global resistance to vaccination campaigns. Case studies from around the world explain just how bad the impact can be when groups opt out of childhood shots.
Did a prolonged drought in Syria help spark the country's civil war? Did climate change contribute to that drought? A growing number of researchers are now connecting the dots between climate change, water scarcity and conflict in the region.
New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos spent nearly a decade living in China. His new book, "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China," profiles two of China's entrepreneurs who challenge the stereotypes we often have of that culture.
There might have been a lot of coverage of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, but the story barely made a blip in mainland China. Chinese government officials have tightly controlled reporting from Hong Kong, and even blocked Instagram for the first time.