| Mar 22, 2014
| 6:45 PM
BEIRUT — Syrian army units ambushed and killed a group of opposition fighters near Damascus, the capital, state media reported Saturday, saying that the group had crossed into the country from neighboring Jordan.
The rebels, which Syria’s...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:00 PM
When telling a tale that includes centuries of endurance, moments of triumph, bursts of humor and sudden, unspeakable atrocities, what's the right tone with which to articulate it all?
That's the trick historian Simon Schama had to figure out in his new...
| May 6, 2014
| 1:52 AM
The Muslim Brotherhood can look for no handouts from Abdel Fattah Sisi, the man expected to be Egypt’s next president. Nor, apparently, can secular opponents of the government.
In the first televised question-and-answer session of his campaign,...
| May 5, 2014
| 4:21 PM
A divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monday the right of local governments to offer sectarian prayers at public meetings, a decision that clears the way for the Carroll County board of commissioners to restore their Christian observances.
In a 5-4...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 3:06 PM
NEW YORK -- On a ranch in rural Oregon, a radical Muslim holding a dagger with a curved blade yanked back the head of a kneeling young man and brought the metal to his neck.
"He said he was going to show us how to properly slice someone's throat,"...
| May 7, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Conservatives calling for stricter enforcement of Islamic dress codes for women staged a public protest Wednesday in Tehran, the latest hard-line assault on the government of President Hassan Rouhani.
About 500 demonstrators attended the boisterous...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 5:32 PM
The tragedy of Iran is that it may not be able to reach an agreement over its nuclear program even when it knows it needs one. The Islamic Republic's political class knows its hold on power depends on sustained economic growth, and that in turn requires a...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:47 PM
Afghanistan had an election a few weeks ago. Iraq had one Wednesday. But that is about all that these two countries, both invaded by the United States in the last decade, have in common right now. Afghanistan is moving forward just as rapidly as Iraq is...
| May 6, 2014
| 1:22 PM
It's now been more than two weeks since Islamic militants attacked a girls' boarding school in remote northeast Nigeria and abducted more than 300 young women between the ages of 16 and 18, carrying them off into the bush on a convoy of buses and trucks....
| Mar 24, 2014
| 8:30 PM
HONG KONG -- Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" will not be given a commercial release in Indonesia.
The Indonesian Censorship Board on Monday announced a decision to ban the film.
Censorship Board member Zainut Tauhid Sa'adi told news website Detik that...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
NEW YORK - Jurors on Tuesday begin deliberating the fate of a former Al Qaeda spokesman portrayed by lawyers as either a hardened terrorist buoyed by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks or an innocent cleric accidentally drawn into Osama bin Laden's orbit....