Two suicide bombings hit Damascus on Wednesday, including an attack at a central courthouse that killed at least 32 people. The second wave of deadly attacks in the capital in less than a week after twin bombings killed 74 on Saturday.
A renewed push against ISIS in Iraq launched on March 5 has forced the radical militants from several neighborhoods and key sites, including the main local government headquarters and the famed Mosul museum.
Although several hundred US special forces troops have been active in Syria for months now, the Marines' arrival marks the largest deployment of America's conventional forces in Syria since the civil war began six years ago.
Thousands of women are shot, thrown out of the windows or beaten to death by their family members in Russia, which has domestic violence rates upwards of 30 times higher than most European and Western countries.
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.
Lithuania's foreign minister says modified Iskander missiles have a range of up to 435 miles — meaning they could reach Berlin from the Russian outpost, which is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.
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.”
President Obama decried the latest mass killing, in the California town of San Bernardino, which took the lives of 14 people and wounded another 21. Two suspects have been killed in an altercation with police, who identified them as a husband and wife.