Photos of the naked, bloodied corpse of a Kurdish fighter killed by Turkish police have prompted calls for revenge and further complicated the struggle to defeat the Islamic State.
The Syrian Interim Government has been mired in a vicious cycle of mistrust, mismanagement, and alleged corruption that has landed it in the middle of a financial crisis.
Transgender people in Turkey are often bullied on the streets, barred from establishments, intimidated from using public transit, and menaced by disturbing incidents of violence.
A lack of progress and Western help is compelling supporters of the Syrian opposition to consider joining the Islamic State if the terror group seems most capable of defeating Assad.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) are are adopting reforms that promote Sunni Islam and conservative values in schools.