Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal, three American hikers, were arrested for crossing the border into Iran. Sandy Close, executive director of Pacific News Service, joins The Takeaway to discuss the capture.
After four years with no official presence in Damascus, the Obama administration will reinstate an ambassador to Syria. The Takeaway talks to Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. will be sending two high-level envoys to Syria. To learn what these new envoys will face, we are joined by Richard Murphy, former U.S. ambassador to Syria and former assistant secretary of state for the Near East.
A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is set to expire this week, and there's concern that violence will erupt when it does. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from The World's Quil Lawrence - who's in Gaza.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the "Bawabet Dimashq" or Damascus Gate restaurant in Damascus, Syria. The place can seat over 6,000 people. The World's Aaron Schachter went there to check out the menu.
Israel's foreign minister Tzipi Livni could become the country's next prime minister. She's pledged to continue peace negotiations with Syria started by Ehud Olmert this summer. But as The World's Aaron Schachter reports, Syrians aren't that optimistic.
President Donald Trump has warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to "recklessly attack" Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.
More than 30,000 people have fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, a United Nations official said on Monday.
The Russian-Turkish agreement to designate a demilitarized zone may have averted an imminent attack on Idlib but many of the Syrians who live there, like Mohammad Hmeidan and his family, are still waiting for a more permanent solution to their displacement.
It's been eight years since Syria began its descent into war, and while ISIS is fighting over a final shred of territory in eastern Syria, there are wider economic difficulties the Syrian government faces despite military victories.