Some ultra-Orthodox Jews are ignoring Israel’s coronavirus rules

Despite a police presence, the crowd mingled freely, apparently unconcerned about the government restrictions on large gatherings, or the reason behind them.Though police say...

ISIS members riot and break out of Syrian prison

The Ghweran prison, located in the northeastern city of Hasakah, is run by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a key US partner in...

Muslim and Jewish paramedics pause to pray together. One of many inspiring moments in...

Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama just finished responding to a call regarding a 41-year-old woman having respiratory problems in the southern Israeli city...

In apparent victory for Netanyahu, rival Gantz drops allies, moves towards unity

The surprise move suggests Gantz is dropping his key campaign promise, in which he adamantly refused to serve in a government led by Prime...

Jordan eases lockdown after total curfew leads to chaos

Days after a total curfew went into effect, people clamored to receive bread distributions from government trucks, the emergency hotline went offline after it...

Arab League Fast Facts

Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt is the current secretary-general of the Arab League. There are also four observer states: Eritrea, India, Brazil and Venezuela....

Afghanistan Shootings Fast Facts

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, meets with...

Syria Fast Facts

Capital: DamascusEthnic Groups: Arab 50%, Alawite 15%, Kurd 10%, Levantine 10%, other 15% (includes Druze, Ismaili, Imami, Nusairi, Assyrian, Turkoman, Armenian) Religion: Muslim 87%,...

Iraq Most Wanted Fast Facts

No. 2/Ace of ClubsQusay HusseinChief, Special Security Organization/special Republican Guard (SSO/SRG); Commander, Central Region CommanderJuly 22, 2003 - Killed in firefight in Mosul.No. 3/Ace...

Iraq Prison Abuse Scandal Fast Facts

Abu Ghraib prison was a US Army detention center for captured Iraqis from 2003 to 2006. An investigation into the treatment of detainees at...

Warnings over harm to Israel’s ‘democratic system’ amid coronavirus crisis

Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who has the power to decide the Knesset's schedule, ended Wednesday's session just a few minutes after it began, making it...

Persian New Year traditions transformed by coronavirus in Iran

This year, COVID-19 has transformed these traditions. Iran is under a partial lockdown as the health ministry confirms the death toll from the virus...

Haditha Killings Fast Facts

Haditha is a city on the Euphrates River northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.Eight US Marines faced charges in the deaths, but only one was convicted...

Iraq Weapons Inspections Fast Facts

April 3, 1991 - The United Nations passes Security Council Resolution 687. April 6, 1991 - Iraq accepts SCR 687.April 18, 1991 - Under...

Saddam Hussein Trial Fast Facts

Hussein was charged with premeditated murder, imprisonment and the deprivation of physical movement, forced deportation and torture. Seven other defendants stood trial with Hussein:...

Amid coronavirus fears, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu sees an opening

Netanyahu has called for a national emergency government, consisting of all of the parties in the Knesset -- except the Arab parties -- to...

Several Americans were injured when rockets hit Iraqi base for second time in a...

It was not immediately clear whether they were military personnel or civilian.The al-Taji base was hit by its second rocket attack in a week...

5 injured as rockets hit Iraqi base for second time in a week

Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the international Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), confirmed on Twitter that rockets hit the al-Taji base early...

No one can protect these Syrian kids from the bombs. This group is at...

The music stops. The chorus of artillery and shelling reasserts itself. Then comes a melancholic silence. "You see the fear in their eyes, you...

Saudi Arabia detains senior members of its royal family

The brother of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and a former crown prince were among those detained, one Saudi source, who requested...