As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, VICE News looks back at the series of events that led to the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.
Eleven children, four woman and a man were reportedly detained in Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border. A further group of sixteen are also missing.
The jihadists are allegedly using IEDs containing chlorine gas against pro-government forces in Iraq. Meanwhile, the battle to take the city of Tikrit back from the group rages on.
Islamic State supply and communication lines between Iraq and Syria have been severed in a recent operation, according to the US-led coalition, one in a series of recent defeats suffered by the group.
Margot Wallstroem says Saudi Arabia blocked a speech she planned to make at an Arab League meeting because of her stance on human rights.
Ivana Hoffman, 19, is the third Westerner to die fighting with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Her death came amid a row over the friendly fire killing of Canadian soldier in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Jabhat al-Nusra's top military commander was reportedly killed in a blast along with three others, but it is not yet clear who was responsible for the attack.
Sweden knows of 130 "al Qaeda-inspired individuals" who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups. The unknown number could be more than double that figure.
A mixed force of troops, security forces and allied militias are making gains, but fears have been raised over the potential for sectarian retaliations.
Air support and a no-fly zone could be employed to support the armed Syrian opposition groups that the US is training and arming to take on the Islamic State.
The Cost of Progress? We Meet Some of the Thousands of Sinai Villagers Displaced by Suez Canal Expansion
VICE News visited the villages in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that have been demolished to make way for an expansion to the Suez Canal, in what lawyers say is an illegal eviction.
A reported 30,000 Iraqi government troops and allied militias, backed by airstikes, attacked the city early on Monday in an attempt to retake it from Islamic State militants.
Masked militant who appeared in beheading videos of Western hostages named as Kuwaiti-born British citizen, reportedly arrested in Tanzania and interrogated by UK security services in 2009.
The 31-year-old liberal activist died on January 24, almost certainly at the hands of Egyptian security forces. Based on an extensive series of interviews, VICE News pieced together how that fateful day unfolded.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi urged the creation of a pan-Arab military force to tackle armed groups. Meanwhile authorities continued their crackdown on peaceful dissent at home and jailed a number of prominent activists.
A mixed force of Iraqi and Kurdish troops could attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants as early as April, according to a US military official.
Assad's government says it will halt aerial and artillery attacks on the city for a humanitarian ceasefire. Meanwhile, the US has announced a deal with Turkey to train and equip the Free Syrian Army.
'We Need to Do it Again, and All of Us Together': Egypt Calls for International Action on the Islamic State
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi today demanded a UN resolution to mandate action by a coalition of member states on extremist militants in Libya. But the West may not be too keen to get involved.
This weekend's killings in Copenhagen will stir debate on Denmark's radicalized young men. But one city is meeting even those who have fought in Syria with an alternative approach.
Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are to be released pending retrial after more than 400 days in jail. Yet thousands of Egyptians remain behind bars, thanks to a crackdown since July 2013.