Did Ashkenazi Jews descend from ancient Turkey?
Yiddish was at one time the international language of Ashkenazic Jews, but it's exact origin has always been somewhat unclear, until now.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Where in the world do you put 4.8 million displaced people?
As part of a collaboration between The Conversation and PBS's Point Taken, a professor from The Ohio State University examines some common misconceptions about Syrian refugees.
The Caucasus are more important and more connected today than in the 1990s, and a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan could create chaos for Europe.
Boat at Eftalou on the northern coast of Lesvos, with Turkey in the distance.
Research with migrants suggests Europe has misunderstood what drives them to make perilous sea crossings – and what would stop them trying.
Rome’s Trevi fountain lit up with the Belgian flag. Why do some violent acts prompt global artistic memorial, but not others?
From Tintin weeping to spotlit buildings, images are rapidly circulating on social media as a way of comprehending the Brussels bombings. But where was the cartoon for those who died in Ankara? Are some tragedies "ungrievable"?
European leaders are confident that sending migrants back is legal – but is it?
Egyptian refugees fleeing Libya with the help of the US Air Force.
US Department of Defence
Surely it isn’t too far-fetched to claim that if migrants are to promote democracy back home, it is beneficial for them to experience democratic values and principles in the countries hosting them.
Cracks are showing up in the growth success stories of emerging markets like Brazil.
Debt is the reason jitters for emerging markets are now worse than during the Asian financial crisis.
A second bomb in the Turkish capital in three weeks raises the question of who are the main players in the violent struggle.
Refugees rescued off the coast of Greece.
How EU leaders have sidestepped the UN Refugee Convention to make a very difficult problem disappear.
EU leaders are to send refugees back to Turkey.
If this cruel proposal is all EU leaders can produce in response to mass human suffering, perhaps it's not a union worth saving.
Welcome to 'Erdoğanistan', where the government knows how to change a newspaper's tune.
The summit of Mt Zagaras north of Athens.
In ancient times, they were the shrines and ritual sites to the Greek gods. These days, they're astonishingly unloved and neglected.
Free Syrian Army fighters on their smartphones.
As usage continues to grow in the region, what's the ongoing dynamic between the Middle East and social media? It's complicated.
They’re out there somewhere.
NATO has announced a new mission to monitor people-smugglers in the Aegean – but something smells fishy.
Academic freedom is under threat in Turkey.
Academics and Kurdish areas have been targeted – but the backlash has begun.
Can Turkey still straddle two worlds?
Turkey is the one of the U.S.'s most important allies in the Mideast, but recent actions such as the downing of a Russian fighter raise important questions about its reliability as a partner.
With a deadly bombing in Istanbul and a furious roundup of dissident academics, the atmosphere in Turkey is as poisonous as ever.
Heightened security in Istanbul after the attack.
Tensions at home and abroad make the latest attack by Islamic State particularly difficult to bear.