After a violent crackdown against Arab Spring protesters in Syria, the government is using its hospitals to find and isolate dissidents. To get the treatment they need, they're having to go to independent, underground, make-shift hospitals.
Dozens of Palestinians with US passports or legal residency in the US have managed to get out of the Gaza Strip since the most recent violence began, but there are dozens more still there. And it's not clear if or when they will be able to leave.
The debate is over a year old, but has been renewed since both French President François Hollande and Secretary of State John Kerry have been using the word "Daesh" to describe the group known variously as ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State, in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.
Those born in the 1980s and 1990s helped lead the Arab Spring movements, pressing for more open and democratic societies. Author Juan Cole says they are just beginning to reshape the Middle East, with a mindset that is more liberal, less religious and unencumbered by the past.
The United States was joined by two of its closest allies in imposing a new round of financial sanctions on the Iranian banking system, seeking to up the pressure on Iran as it continues what the west says is its pursuit of nuclear weapons.