The flare-up in tensions comes while Israelis and Palestinians negotiate a peace deal and just as Israel announced it would release 26 longtime Palestinian prisoners.
Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, but the Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off a permit to hunt one down. It says the controversial fundraiser is a conservation effort.
At least 15 people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device inside a train station in Volgograd, Russia.
The secretary of state set big goals this year, from restarting the Mideast peace process to ending the civil war in Syria and curbing Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post about how much progress Kerry has made this year.
The end of December is a crucial deadline for removing chemical weapons from Syria. Now the OPCW, the international organization overseeing that transfer, is backing away from that deadline. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses the plan for chemical weapons removal and disposal, and why it's been so hard.
On Wednesday, Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. New York Times Middle East reporter Kareem Fahim speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden on the latest developments from Cairo.
Ten cities and states have passed laws guaranteeing access to some kind of family leave this year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with director Vicki Shabo about efforts to make family leave mandatory.
A massive post-Christmas package of precipitation is headed up the East Coast today.