The influential cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (at right), a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family, was among 47 people put to death in one day. The executions have provoked international outrage and sharply escalated diplomatic tensions in the region.
Thirty-eight revelers are dead after Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels hit a wedding party Monday.
Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a US Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida -- not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U officials claim.
The foremost Sunni Muslim seat of learning, al-Azhar University in Cairo, has stirred controversy by issuing a considered legal opinion condemning the Shiite militias or “Popular Mobilization Forces” that are now fighting alongside the Iraq army to take Tikrit back from the Islamic State group.
Apparent good news was announced on Sunday in the fight against the extremist Islamic State organization: The Iraqi army, backed by fundamentalist Shiite militias, managed to take the village of Jurf al-Sakhr, southwest of Baghdad, from IS fighters.
The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas' executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists' slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning. [This column appeared Aug. 24, 2014. Chris Hedges will file a new, original column Monday evening.]
The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the specter of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation's borders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.
Bahrain’s hospitals are becoming centers of terror and distrust as government officials use them to identify, torture and arrest protesters, doctors and nurses for their involvement in the ongoing uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa family.