Is Italy just lucky? Have the country’s counter-terrorism policies — born out of years of anti-mafia policing and intelligence work and a decade of bloody political violence in the 1970s — given Italian officials an edge in the age of Isis? Or are there other factors at play?
Turkey has arrested about 150 journalists since last year's failed military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The country is now the world's leading jailer of journalists. But as trials begin, Erdogan is insisting that none of these editors and reporters are being tried for their professional work. They're all terrorists, he says.
The US has warned Syria that it will pay a heavy price if it uses chemical weapons again. The White House also said Syria's allies, Iran and Russia, would be held responsible. The ratcheting of tension comes as regional powers compete for advantage in a post-ISIS world. The tension carries the risk of war.
Multiple sources revealed to the Associated Press that a US ally, the United Arab Emirates, is torturing prisoners in a network of prisons across southern and eastern Yemen, and that Americans are interrogating detainees at some of these same prisons.
Every year, smugglers bring tons of Congolese gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars out of the DRC into neighboring countries. Much of that gold fuels conflict back home. The DRC is finally taking steps to trace and regulate one of the world's most uncontrolled conflict minerals.
In 2015, Sweden became a prime destination for refugees fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Asylum-seekers heard it was a welcoming place, and the Nordic country accepted more than 160,000 migrants seeking asylum in that year, the most of any country per capita. A lot has changed since then.
Their churches, their altars, hymn books and pews have been desecrated. But as Iraqi Christians resettle into Qaraqosh, they must face Sunni neighbors who they fear may have welcomed the ISIS extremists.
There's a cruel irony this Ramadan. Yemenis who have lived with hunger for months are struggling to put together celebratory meals for the end of each day's 15-hour fast. This is how local and international NGOs are helping the neediest.
Abu al-Fadl devoted the final months of his life to clearing al-Bab, Syria, of improvised explosives left behind by ISIS in everything from washing machines to cooking pots. The 60-year-old destroyed roughly 3,500 mines before one took his life.