When South Sudan was born, the world's youngest country had generous Western allies and sturdy oil exports, a formula that offered a chance to build a modern economy and drag its people out of their daily struggle to feed themselves.
American-led and Arab-backed air strikes carrying the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria have dragged Washington into a new Middle East war - exactly the kind of conflict Barack Obama spent his presidency trying to avoid.
A key agreement has been in South Korea by representatives of 172 nations, including Bahrain, in a bid to end war and establish world peace.
The Unity of Religion Agreement, put forward as part of the three-day Summit for the Worl
Fifty days of war in one of the most densely-populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins. With the economy reeling under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, the enclave now faces an almost impossible task of rebuilding.
An emerging regional cold war is a direct result of changing US foreign policies towards the Middle East, according to a leading expert.
International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) consulting senior fellow for the Middle E
More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a UN report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable
After spending most of the month-long Gaza war trapped at home watching the news for hours, Palestinian Salam Al-Bayid returned to her university for the first time on Thursday to find the administration building with its facade in pieces.
Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed revolt using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, suggesting Tehran is offering to take a larger role in battling Sunni militias threatening Baghdad.
The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians, UN human rights investigators said in a report on Tuesday.
War and drought have crippled Syria's wheat crop, with some experts now forecasting output of the staple food could fall to around a third of pre-war levels, and possibly even below 1 million tonnes for the first time in 40 years.