Middle East

Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad, center right, and Hamas' representative, Saleh al-Arouri, center left, sign a reconciliation agreement during a press conference at the Egyptian intelligence complex in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Thursday's signing came after two days of negotiations in the Egyptian capital on the governing of the Gaza Strip as part of the most serious effort to date to end the 10 year rift between the rival Palestinian groups. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Politics & Society News
"This is the dream and the ambition of every patriotic and honorable Palestinian, to reach unification."
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., speaks during a hearing on genocide in Iraq and Syria held on Oct. 3 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Smith, who is senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired the hearing. (CNS photo/Erin Granzow, House Office of Photography)
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U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said that IS militants began committing genocide against Yezidis and Christians in Iraq in 2014, and "three years later, they are still not receiving the assistance they need from the United States and so their survival in their ancient homelands is in jeopardy."
An Iraqi soldier carries an injured woman during a battle with the Islamic State group in Mosul on Feb. 28. Iraqi troops were engaged in difficult fighting with Islamic State forces in northern Iraq in an effort to reclaim land held by the militant group.(CNS photo/Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)
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About 100,000 Christians -- among them more than 60,000 Syriac Catholics -- were expelled from the Ninevah Plain by the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014 as the militants campaigned to expand their reach into Iraq.
Arts & Culture Books
Jeannine M. PitasSeptember 27, 2017
Suzy Hansen’s ‘Notes on a Foreign Country’ is not a romantic ‘Eat Pray Love’-style tale of self-discovery.
Politics & Society News
An Indian Catholic priest recounts how he kept his faith alive during his long captivity after his capture in a violent attack that also left four religious sisters dead.
Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was released on Sept. 12 after having been kidnapped 18 months ago in Yemen, is anointed by Pope Francis during a Sept. 13 meeting at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Catholic Priest Tom Uzhunnalil met with Pope Francis a day after his release from captivity.