A fierce, battle-hardened warlord with roots in Georgia and a thick red beard, Omar al-Shishani was one of the most notorious faces of the Islamic State jihadist group.
On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed that Shishani -- whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili -- died after being wounded in a U.S.-led coalition strike in northeastern Syria earlier this month.Full Story
The success of the anti-migrant AfD marks a turning point for Germany's usually stable and consensus-driven politics -- the rise of right-wing populists at the expense of old mainstream parties.
The accelerated splintering of the political landscape further erodes the moderate center, sparking disarray that will make coalition building more difficult, analysts warn.Full Story
But that hasn't stopped the billionaire real estate developer from making outrageous declarations on his foreign policy plans if elected president.
So far, the Republican frontrunner has said he would force Mexico to build a border wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S.Full Story
Rivals al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are cementing their presence in south Yemen in the absence of state authority and little opposition from pro-government Arab coalition forces, experts say.
For the first time since its campaign against Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen began almost a year ago, warplanes from the Sunni Saudi-led coalition this weekend targeted jihadists in Aden.Full Story
The Syrian conflict has had outsized impact on global politics. Five ways the world has changed:
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When hopeful pro-democracy activists in Syria took to the streets in 2011, they couldn't have imagined that five years later they might end up living as refugees in Europe.
Using smartphones to keep up with the news from camps and relatives' homes thousands of kilometers (miles) away, they mourn a revolt that gave way to an internationalized war.Full Story
A length of razor wire dangles onto a chain-link fence, clinking gently in the warm breeze. Long, thick grass smothers what once was a gravel prison yard. Animal droppings are everywhere.
Over the past 14 years, nature has won control of Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray, the notorious holding center briefly home to nearly 300 detainees pulled from the battlefield after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.Full Story
Syria's civil war, which has killed more than 270,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes, erupted in 2011 when government forces turned their weapons on protesters demanding political change.
The following are 10 key dates in the brutal conflict:Full Story
The many ways people have died during South Sudan's two-year civil war are well-documented, but the number killed is unknown.
Men, women and children have been shot, speared, burned, castrated, hung, drowned, run over, suffocated, starved and blown up, their corpses abandoned where they fell, bulldozed into mass graves or, in at least one case, eaten in ritual cannibalism.Full Story
Syria's war enters its sixth year next week with a glimmer of hope that a landmark ceasefire and a push for peace could help resolve a conflict that has sent hundreds of thousands fleeing to Europe.
Analysts say the past 12 months have been transformative -- with Russia's military intervention and pressure from the migrant crisis pushing world powers into renewed peace efforts.Full Story