Syrians sit in the courtyard of the National Museum during a ceremony in the memory of Khaled al-Assaad, the late 82-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, on August 23, 2015 in the Syrian capital Damascus. The Islamic State (IS) group beheaded Al-Assaad, who refused …

Syria Reopens Damascus Antiquities Museum

DAMASCUS – Syria reopened a wing of the capital’s famed antiquities museum on Sunday after six years of closure to protect its exhibits and visitors from rebel rocket fire in the civil war.

Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to journalists at a polling station for Turkey's elections in Istanbul, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Turkish voters are voting Sunday in a historic double election for the presidency and parliament. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkey’s Erdogan Vows to ‘Expand Rights and Freedoms’ Amid Khashoggi Scandal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered remarks Sunday promising that his government would continue to work on expanding rights and freedoms, after a week in which the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has triggered renewed scrutiny of Erdoğan’s ongoing media crackdowns.

Iran protests in Borazjan, July 2018

‘We Want Water’: Renewed Water Protests Sweep Iran

Renewed water protests continued in Iran on Sunday ahead of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sunday, with calls for authorities to address the water issues and chants to replace the current government.

A file picture shows China's President Xi Jinping giving a speech in Beijing on July 10, 2018

Xi Jinping Heads to Middle East to Sell One Belt, One Road

China’s communist leader Xi Jinping begins a whirlwind tour of Africa and the Middle East Thursday, hoping to expand the nation’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project throughout the continent and solidify trade deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).