Despite the looming threat of violence, Iraq went to the polls today in the first election since US forces left in 2011.
After nine months of negotiating, the two participants failed to even agree on an extension to talks.
At least 51 people were killed in attacks on government-held areas of Homs and Damascus following Bashar al-Assad’s reelection registration.
With a vote scheduled for Wednesday, Sunni militants stepped up lethal strikes across the country amid mounting sectarian hostility.
It was the second such ruling handed out this year, after 529 Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death in March.
Final results from the current round of voting are not expected until mid-May.
The Taliban have been holding an American soldier in Afghanistan for almost 5 years, and are keen to make a deal to release him.
Benjamin Netanyahu said that Mahmoud Abbas has "made a pact with a murderous terror organization.”
Tayyip Erdogan took the unprecedented step of offering his "condolences" to the grandchildren of those massacred in the Armenian genocide.
A hotline for concerned parents is just one of the ways France aims to reduce the number of its radicalized citizens fighting in Syria.
Violence has been directed at military and police personnel since former President Mohamad Morsi was ousted.
Users attempting to view the accounts — @BASCALAN and @HARAMZADELER333 — in Turkey receive a “Withheld account” message.
Syria’s government is preparing a presidential election of dubious legitimacy as bloodshed and turmoil continue to plague the country.
Turkish supporters of press freedom launched a citizen-journalism platform, 140journos, to verify and distribute Twitter-sourced news items.
The violence comes as polling elsewhere passed peacefully and turnout was high, with voters reporting long lines to cast their ballots.
YouTube has now been blocked in Turkey ahead of Sunday's elections. This could have more effect on campaigning than last week's Twitter ban.
Hilal al-Assad died in a shootout near the border, and Turkey downed a Syrian jet after it flew into a buffer zone between the two nations.