The mere mention of Syrian refugees can conjure up images of families living in tents in the desert. But a bookstore in Istanbul serves as a cultural oasis and informal community center for Syrians.
A Palestinian man in Ramallah faces charges of insulting officials — based on his Facebook comments. This case and others point to the limits to free speech under the Palestinian Authority.
Saudi Muslims are turning the holy month of Ramadan into a display of consumerism and commerce. It is traditionally a month of fasting and prayer that began with the first Muslim community, Mecca.
NPR's Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard about how the self-declared Islamic State has been digging itself deeper into the communities it has seized.
A family and a smuggler talk about how the smuggling market works on the Egyptian coast. It can run up to $5,000 a person, but kids go for free.
Desperate refugees from Syria and other strife-torn nations are surging into Europe not just by sea, but also over land from Turkey. They are straining border guards of Bulgaria, one of the poorest nations in the European Union.
The Syrian refugees streaming across the border into Bulgaria have proved a boon for one kebab house. It's one spot in Europe where desperate migrants have found work and a welcome.
The nation's top military officials said the U.S. needs a greater commitment from Iraq in the fight against the self-declared Islamic State but argued against sending any U.S. combat troops there.