With the help of airstrikes by Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's regime could soon take Aleppo. Capturing one of Syria's largest cities would be a turning point in the civil war, Middle East expert André Bank says.
A bill that would compel NGOs to publicize foreign government funding has passed the first out of three readings required to become law. Israeli rights groups have decried the legislation as "violent and discriminatory."
A court in Virginia charged the wife of a dead 'Islamic State' leader with conspiracy in the death of American Kayla Mueller. She was killed a year ago while being held hostage in Syria.
Prisoners in Syrian jails are being tortured and killed with "total impunity," UN investigators said while presenting a new report. The UN commission called for targeted sanctions against high-ranking regime officials.
Gains by Syria's regime in the Aleppo province may be the beginning of the end for the rebels. The battlefield losses have also delivered a blow to Turkey's policies on Syria.
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Record numbers of refugees continue departing from Turkey, where smugglers still operate relatively openly despite increased pressure from the European Union and local police. Diego Cupolo reports from Izmir, Turkey.
While plans are being made for more talks in Geneva, Russia and Assad are creating facts on the ground by attacking Aleppo. But one player in particular will emerge the winner, says Alexander Kudascheff.
The military branch of Gaza's ruling organization has executed a top commander "because he violated rules and ethics." At least four Palestinians in Gaza have been sentenced to death for spying for Israel in 2016.
Tens of thousands of migrants have crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to arrive in Greece this year, the UN has said. The influx comes as fighting between government forces, Islamists and rebels intensifies in Syria.
The United Arab Emirates has said it's prepared to send ground troops to Syria as part of the international coalition fighting "Islamic State." The move comes after a similar pledge from neighboring Saudi Arabia.
Israeli censors are increasingly requiring bloggers to submit posts for prepublication review. The military has been reaching out to bloggers on Facebook - opening a new social media frontier for an old media law.
The EU has said "EU-funded structures" providing humanitarian support in the West Bank have been destroyed. The UN, rights organizations and civil society groups have slammed Israel's demolition of Palestinian housing.
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