Beit Shemesh gained notoriety in 2011 after an eight-year-old girl from a more liberal religious community was spat at by ultra-Orthodox men who deemed her clothes immodest
Autonomous Republic of Crimea is the second center after Kiev with a political crisis with pro-Russian protests and de facto Russian military control
Sevastopol's deep water port, sheltered bay, and the fact that it never freezes over, make it the best natural harbour in the Black Sea.
Nearly seven months since forces violently evicted ousted president Mohamed Morsi's supporters from Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, Egyptians are still left guessing about the number of people killed.
The mobilisation appears aimed at reinforcing the government's long-standing assertion that Syrian citizens want Assad to stand.
Citizens' forum participants are seeking change from the bottom-up, breaking with years of failed, top-down Western intervention.
Almost a week after Russian forces began their swift and bloodless takeover of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula, there is a standoff as the two sides dig in and play a waiting game
Russia's military operation in Ukraine has been accompanied by a particularly assertive media campaign
The demand for psychiatric care has never been greater. Psychiatrists find themselves overwhelmed by cases of war-related trauma.
Moscow mobilised some 150,000 troops last week before moving into Ukraine, many of them recently re-equipped units.
The former Soviet republics of Estonia and Latvia have their own large ethnic Russian minorities and are alarmed by President Vladimir Putin's justification for Russian actions in and around Ukraine
The same way the fall of the Iberian peninsula and Granada shaped the future of Muslims in western Europe, the fall of the Crimean peninsula determined the future of Muslims inm north-western Asia and eastern Europe. For this reason, Crimea can be thought of as a 'second Andalus.'
The battle is not between the troops, but in the arguments among the civilians who have come here to support one side, the other, or sometimes - both
The indigenous Muslim people of the isolated Black Sea peninsula have all but vanished from the public square, keeping their heads down to avoid being sucked into war.
On Feb. 28, 1997, the military effectively deposed the duly elected prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan, a portly, balding Islamist academic who had been in office less than a year, leading to the collapse of Erbakan's coalition government.
Catholic Ireland's system of compelling unwed mothers to give up their babies to secret adoptions ended in the 1980s, but thousands of mothers and children are still being kept apart.
Senior economic analyst Timothy Ash believes oligarchs may withdraw their investments from the country.
The decision to carve out six regions, with the capital Sanaa given special status, comes at a sensitive time in Yemen's efforts to escape from instability.
Millions of Congolese are estimated to have died and the country was decimated between 1885 and 1908 after King Leopold II declared Congo his personal property.
Hundreds of South Sudanese are taking shelter in the Catholic Church in Malakal.
In Sofia, at the Red House Culture and Panel Center, an exhibition has opened with photographs of Syrian children living in refugee camps. The children’s dreams were mentioned in the exhibition, wrote Sevda Dukkanci.