Tunnels aren't just used by Hamas to launch rockets or sneak fighters into Israel. They're also a powerful psychological weapon that leaves Israelis with the potent fear of raids and kidnappings. That's why the Israeli military is focusing its hunt underground.
Children make up a big part of the population in places like Syria and Gaza, where hundreds have been killed in the fighting so far. For many of them, they have barely known a life without death or conflict.
Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israelis on Monday that a protracted campaign is coming in Gaza. But that doesn't mean he's likely to heed calls from the Israeli right to move permanently back into the Gaza Strip
Baghdad is an increasingly frightening place to raise a family, so many middle class parents have sent their children out of the country. As journalist Sahar Issa explains, the loneliness of the parents left behind is especially painful at Ramadan.
As the Obama administration struggles to push Israel and Hamas toward some kind of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian anger sparked by the Israeli military campaign in Gaza is spilling over into the West Bank.
About 30 million Kurds are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. Amidst Syria's civil war, Kurds have their own war going on, to create a secular, autonomous Kurdish state. The Kurdish militia includes women and it is fighting off al-Qaeda-backed rebels, as well as Syrian government forces.
Iraqi authorities are going to great lengths to pull off a national vote for its parliament on Wednesday, the first since the US troop withdrawal in 2011. The hardest part is to create a sense of normalcy in a country suffering from unrelenting sectarian violence.
Palestinians and Israeli settlers have been at odds for years. Decades, really. That's not news. But in the ongoing struggle between the two sides, there's a new development that seems to be a step change. When Palestinians discover settlers misbehaving, rather than taking matters into their own hands, they're activating a sort of neighborhood watch.
Just as in past rounds of violence between Israel and Hamas, it is Palestinian civilians who are paying the highest price. After four days of Israeli bombardment, more than 100 Palestinians are now dead — and many of them are non-combatants.
An Islamic extremist group fighting in Syria, known as ISIS, is demanding that non-Muslims in areas they control convert to Islam or pay a "tax" for protection. Syrian Christian pastor Nadim Nassar, living in exile in London, says Syria's Christians are caught "between two fires" — Assad's dictatorship and a fragmented rebellion.
Hopes that US and Taliban officials might begin peace talks Thursday came to nothing, following a diplomatic breakdown between Washington and Kabul over the nature of the Taliban's new office in Doha, Qatar.
Father Juan Maria Solana's dream when he arrived in Jerusalem seven years ago was to build a church and hotel for pilgrims in the Galilee. After four years gathering donations Father Solana had enough to buy the land. And the dig began.
Oil-rich Qatar invests extensively around the world. France is one of the largest recipients of Qatari money. But a plan for Qatar to fund business opportunities in the heavily Muslim suburbs near Paris is controversial.
The diplomatic dance requires multiple players to dance with you. And Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled the world looking for dance partners — successfully, in many occasions. On the matter of Syria, though, few are cooperating.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone recounts how the social network he helped create started as just a fun product, but then became a platform for protest organizers worldwide and a global defender of free speech.