Several people are shown in a street throwing items at a tank and other armored vehicles.

Riots in Lebanon as West calls for quick Cabinet formation

Conflict & Justice

Tension intensified in Lebanon on Friday, with riots leaving more than two dozen people injured in the northern city of Tripoli, including five soldiers who were attacked with a hand grenade.

Migrants wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 sit at a pier as Italian police officers stand by.

Some migrants crossing the Mediterranean say they prefer death to being returned

A large crowd of people are shown with many carrying the Libyan flag in a blurred motion photograph.

Libyans mark 2011 uprising with eyes on interim government

Global Politics
A police officer is shown walking on a grassy meadow with the wreckage of a large white aircraft in the background.

Justice Dept. charges bombmaker in 1988 Pan Am explosion

A devil cartoon sits on shoulder of cartoon image of a president with Arabic script.

No joke! How two cartoonists spurred revolution during the Arab uprisings.

Global Cartoons
A compiliation of images from the Arab uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East

Looking back at a historic time in the Middle East and North Africa

Top of The World

Dec. 17 is a historic day on the minds of many people in Tunisia, elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East — and around the world. That’s because exactly 10 years ago, a single event in Tunisia triggered a series of revolutions across the region.

A crowd of people celebrate with flashes of red, black and green flags waving in the air.

A poem penned during Libya’s 2011 uprising continues to inspire hope


Libyan American poet Khaled Mattawa penned “Now That We Have Tasted Hope” in 2011, on the heels of an uprising in Libya that led to the ousting of President Muammar Gaddafi. Looking back, the poem’s message of hope still resonates.

Nazeer Mohammed shows a photo of his 1 1/2-year-old son on the boat to Cyprus.

Lebanese take to the sea — risking their lives to reach Europe


Until recently, it was mostly Syrian and Palestinian refugees making the trip across the Mediterranean Sea. But increasingly, Lebanese citizens are filling the boats.

Libyan boys check a damaged car after a shell fell on a residential area at Hadba al-Badri district, in Tripoli, Libya, Jan. 28, 2020.

Libyans are caught between coronavirus and conflict 


The recent escalation in fighting has dashed hopes that the pandemic might succeed where previous attempts at diplomacy and sanctions had failed.

Khalifa Haftar and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, both wearing suits, are shown shaking hands.

Libyan rivals, cajoled by Putin and Erdoğan, hold indirect Moscow peace talks

Conflict & Justice

Libya’s warring leaders held indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday with Russia and Turkey urging the rivals to sign a binding truce to end a nine-month-old war.