For a long time, health experts have pointed out moderate sun exposure as a way to increase vitamin D levels in our bodies. So how could it be that a country with a lot of sunlight has a population with major vitamin D deficiency?
Donald Trump has criticized the Obama administration for failing to use the element of surprise in the current military offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul. But is that a valid complaint? And does it even make a difference?
Tensions in the Persian Gulf are high after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric. Iran sees itself as the champion of Shiite Islam and is furious with the Saudi action. Saudi Arabia has retaliated by cutting off relations.
Joyce Karam, a journalist from Lebanon who works for the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, worries that for her and other foreign journalists, reporting on the Trump administration will be a "complete nightmare."
Syrians in the Turkish border town of Kobane say they're on the verge of being overrun by ISIS militants. But while American warplanes are coming to their aid, the US is still reluctant to get involved — but may be forced into much wider action that it wants.
Like many homeowners, Diana Darke simply fell in love with her house and couldn't pass it up. But the British author's dream home was in Damascus, now caught in the Syrian civil war. Yet Darke refuses to give up on her house — or Syria itself.
There are now several dozen Westerners who have gone to Syria and volunteered for Kurdish militias fighting ISIS. And while many have military experience, some are simply outraged neophytes eager to help fight the jihadi group.
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.