Bicycling in the dark in Douma, Syria; moving Hamburg's swans to their winter home; and opening the International Toilet Festival in New Delhi.
Protests in Mexico City; skinny-dipping in Chonqing; and chess in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite the Obama-Xi handshake deal, the probability of confrontation will only heighten as long as the PLA remains a black box.
Shiites mark Ashura; Russian soldiers prepare for a parade; and a debutante ball in London.
Meet Hadi al-Amiri, the unabashedly pro-Iranian leader of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite militia. His bloodthirsty fighters might be Baghdad's best hope of stopping the Islamic State.
Marauding pro-government militias are using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to destroy Sunni Arab communities across the country.
The Pentagon’s man in Kabul is launching a new effort to assess whether Afghan troops will be ready to fill the void when the last American forces depart from the country in 2016.
The Iraqi Army claims that Baghdad is secure. But in Abu Ghraib, just 40 minutes away, the Islamic State’s presence can be felt everywhere.
Obama's small war means big profits -- and little oversight -- for defense contractors and hired guns.
A wedding portrait at Hong Kong's protests; gas masks at Indonesia's presidential inauguration; and sunlight in an Egyptian temple.
Protests in St. Louis; a pilgrimage in Peru; and the funeral of a Kurdish fighter.
How a British colonel altered the battlefields of World War I, and why his crusade still resonates today.
As Kurds head to the front lines to fight the Islamic State, they face a Turkish government attacking them from the rear.
Terrible though they may be, even the worst events of late -- from IS to Ebola -- may not make a lasting imprint on the world. Or your investment portfolio.
Ankara can't seem to make up its mind about who's the bigger enemy: the Islamic State or the Kurds.
Hong Kong's ongoing democracy protests; Eid al-Adha prayers in Indonesia; and skateboarding in Panama City.
Kurdish officials say they have been betrayed by the Turkish government, which is preventing them from fighting the Islamic State in besieged Kobani.
Many of the weapons the militant group fights with in Iraq and Syria came from the United States.
Ty Carter fought in Afghanistan and became a hero. Now he has one more enemy to fight: PTSD.
A small clinic in an eastern Turkish city provides Syrians injured in the war with much-needed help. But the facility is quickly running out of cash -- and the doctors who operate it blame the war on the Islamic State for their troubles.
Thousands of people have died this year trying to reach Europe from North Africa’s coasts. But for these would-be migrants, the danger begins long before they take to the sea.
The Obama administration and an array of Arab allies have begun hitting dozens of Islamic States targets inside Syria, expanding an air campaign against what Washington sees as the most powerful Islamist militants in the world.
The U.N.'s new mission to the war-torn Central African Republic needs more money, manpower, and training. How can it possibly succeed?
He doesn’t work for the government. He doesn’t wear a uniform. Meet the mysterious deal broker who’s freeing Ukraine’s prisoners of war.
Forget the Islamic State. The new conflicts of the future could be sparked by climate change.
Powerful lessons in personnel management from the former supreme allied commander of NATO.
Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats. But that’s all gone to hell.