Middle East

Is the world really a better place these days?

Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016.

Will the Vatican finally excommunicate the mafia?

Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.

Is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead or alive?

Uncertainty and confusion surrounded the fate of the head of the Islamic State group Friday as Russia announced it may have killed him in an airstrike.

EU warns Israel against new settlement units

Earlier this week, an Israeli panel approved construction of approximately 1,800 new settlements in the West Bank.

EU chief threatens anti-refugee members states with sanctions

Eastern European countries including Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have flatly opposed an EU plan adopted in 2015.

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