Syria

November 24, 2014

A still from an intimate scene in Saraya Abdeen featuring Qusai and actress Ghada Adel. (Image: YouTube)
13:06 GMT

Sophie conquers Qusai Khouli's world... but are they lovers?

The battle for Kobani has raged for over three months. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

Kurdish fighters continue to make advances against ISIL in Kobani.

Actor Isra’a Shahrour leads an exercise in movement. (Image: Tabitha Ross)
08:21 GMT

The Greek tragedian composed “Antigone” has been reproduced by Syrian refugee women.

Over 200,000 people have died in the Syrian war since March 2011, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT

Syrian refugees in Athens protested over poor living conditions in the country Sunday, calling on the Greek government to grant them asylum.

November 23, 2014

Fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria; inset: Hamza Magamzeh, an Israeli citizen suspected of joining the radical group (photo: AP/Shin Bet)
18:22 GMT

Hamza Magamzeh from the Galilee town of Yafia spent 10 days in Syria fighting Bashar Assad’s regime in October.

US Vice President Joe Biden during the Biden's visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on November 23, 2014 in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent )
16:59 GMT

US Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to Turkey on Sunday, after meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a bid to gain more support from Ankara against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

After almost four years of war in Syria, many cities are left besieged and over 9 million Syrian people have been displaced.
16:46 GMT

Refugee children bring color to grim situations with Paint Outside the Lines, a series of public spaces art projects aimed at bringing together communities of displaced people left without creative outlets. Armed with paintbrushes, these refugees are revising the aesthetics of the camp boundaries; reshaping the boundaries of camp life with public art projects.

Asala and her brother were close, but she's now sadly mourning his death. (Image: Facebook)
14:11 GMT

Asala Nasri's brother Ayham Nasri has died of a sudden heart attack in Egypt.

John Cantlie was forced to read from a script in the latest ISIL propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
08:49 GMT

John Cantlie, the British hostage being held by ISIL has appeared in a new nine-minute propaganda video reading a prepared script.

Iraqi Christians pray during mass in an Erbil church, July 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries. When the Islamic State was announced however, persecution, forced conversions and mass murder resulted in thousands fleeing Iraq and Syria. Will this be the end of a holy minority in the region?

The US has donated over $3 billion to Syrian refugees since the crisis began in March, 2011. (AFP/File)
06:31 GMT

US Vice President Joe Biden announced up to $135 million in humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees during a trip to Turkey Saturday.

The US and its allies started their air campaign in Syria in September. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

US-led airstrikes have killed 910 people since the start of the aerial campaign against ISIL.

November 21, 2014

Iraqi federal troops and members of Kurdish and Shiite militias hold a post in the Diyala province. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
18:00 GMT

The troops will help volunteers from Iraq’s Sunni tribes who have been joining training centers at army bases.

Neighborhoods around Ramadi have been under ISIL control, though the government has been holding the city center. (File photo)
15:38 GMT

Local officials say attacks and mortar fire have been ongoing since the early morning hours.

A member of the Iraqi police special forces holds his weapon as he rides in a parade in before heading to fight ISIL jihadists on Nov. 19. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
10:00 GMT

At least 20 gunmen were killed near Baghdad.