1. Passenger Jet Crashes in Eastern Ukraine, Kiev Accuses Rebels

    Ukraine accuses pro-Russian militants of shooting down a commercial airliner that crashed in the east of the country.

    A commercial airliner crashed in the east of Ukraine on Thursday, apparently killing almost three hundred passengers and crew, in what the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, described as a terrorist attack. Ukraine's Interior Ministry specifically accused pro-Russian separatists of…
  1. Tripoli Airport Attacked as United Nations Pull Staff from Libya

    Fighting intensifies, forcing the closure of Tripoli’s international airport and convincing the United Nations to pull out.

    Security deteriorated in Libya on Monday when a rocket attack forced the closure of Tripoli's international airport and the United Nations evacuated their staff from the country. Fighting also intensified in the eastern city of Benghazi, the hotbed of the 2011 uprising against…
  1. Amid Gaza Strikes, Netanyahu Rules Out West Bank Withdrawals

    The Israeli prime minister says he is not prepared “to create another twenty Gazas” in the area Palestinians claim for their own state.

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday ruled out withdrawing forces from the West Bank, a key demand by Palestinians who hope to establish the core of their own state there. "At present we have a problem with the territory called…
  1. With Protective Edge, Israel Changes Strategy Against Gaza Militants

    The operation marks a shift designed to lower Israel’s political costs. But has it already played into Hamas’ hand?

    As Operation Protective Edge enters its fourth day, it is unclear when and how it will come to an end. Yet some clear observations can already be made as to how the…
  1. Egypt’s Sisi Sees Regional Islamist Threat, Promises to Support Iraq

    The former army chief seems to realign Egyptian foreign policy back in favor of its traditional Sunni allies and the United States.

    President Abdul Fatah Sisi promised Egypt's full support for Iraq's embattled government on Tuesday, his office said, days after warning that the Middle East was being "destroyed" by radical Islamists. While the extent of Egypt's support for…
  1. Iraq’s Kurds, Accused of Backing Insurgents, Demand Maliki Step Down

    The leader of Iraq’s Kurds calls the premier “hysterical” for accusing them of harboring radical Islamists.

    The leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government demanded Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's resignation on Thursday after the premier had accused the Kurds of harboring radical Islamists who have declared an independent caliphate in the northwest of the country. Maliki "has…
  1. Israel Retaliates After Gaza Rocket Strikes, Escalation Seems Unlikely

    Israel’s latest air war in Gaza will probably end just like the previous two did: in a tenuous ceasefire.

    In November 2012, the last time the Israeli Defense Forces had to conduct a massive military operation in the Gaza Strip, the campaign against the militant group Hamas lasted eight long days. When all was said and done, over one hundred Palestinians were dead, Gaza's already…
  1. Preliminary Afghan Voting Results Suggest Widespread Fraud

    According to preliminary presidential election results, far more Afghans turned out to vote in the second round than did in the first.

    Preliminary results released on Monday from Afghanistan's presidential election seemed to give credence to candidate Abdullah Abdullah's claim that voter fraud had been committed to favor his rival, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah and Ghani emerged as the frontrunners from…