On Wednesday, Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners, 15 of them to Gaza, ahead of new round of peace talks.
As Baghdad suffers another night of brutality amid an upsurge of violence, Iraqis ask the question: what hope now?
Baghdad's residents say that, despite the violence, this is a city in which life will go on.
Egyptians from varied backgrounds are at Cairo's Rabaa sit-in, but perhaps not the groups indicated by signs and flags.
Iran's new president intends to reform his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies regarding domestic issues.
With Mohamed Morsi no longer in charge, Egyptians struggle to forge the path ahead.
Concerns about volatile elements at Rabaa sit-in after an argument forces an NGO delegation to leave pro-Morsi vigil.
A grassroots group of young Egyptian revolutionaries fights the polarisation between the military and the Islamists.
Egypt's dramatic descent into chaos underlines the danger of the media's inability to maintain objectivity.
Reluctance to hold the army accountable, and failures by the Muslim Brotherhood, could culminate in further violence.
Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch has been cementing control of villages near Turkey's border and aims create an Islamic state.