Things between Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Erdogan have become rather tense.
AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici
The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is worsening relations between US allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia. An expert on the region believes there may be a way out.
Joggers and sightseers take in the Doha skyline.
Reuters/Ibraheem al Omari
Qatar's decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
American and Israeli flags above Jerusalem rooftops prior to President Trump’s May 2017 visit.
Israel's increasingly conservative policies on social and religious issues appears to be playing a role.
Demonstrators show their support for anti-government protests in Iran in front of the White House in January.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The Iranian government reacted to a nationwide truck drivers' strike with unprecedented restraint, apparently fearful a crackdown might provoke a Trump intervention.
The NFL is attempting to shut down protests like this one by members of the Cleveland Browns.
AP Photo/David Richard
Where to draw the line between loyalty to the nation and the struggle for equal rights? A scholar sees parallels between NFL protests and a call for African-Americans to 'close ranks' during WWI.
Krish Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, with her daughter Alana.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
In the past, running for political office and being a mother were seemingly incompatible. A scholar of gender and politics explains why times are changing.
Father Patrick Conroy.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Following the controversy over the resignation of House chaplain Patrick Conroy, in this speed read, scholars explain when the tradition of legislative prayer was started and how it has sustained.
University students attend a protest inside Tehran University as anti-riot Iranian police prevent them from joining other protesters.
Although the unrest that shocked Iran's ruling elite appears to be over, there are several reasons to think this won't be the last time disaffected citizens take to the streets.
Our Lady of the Airways Chapel, Logan Airport, Boston.
We often rush by without looking, but America’s rich spiritual and religious life is reflected in these sanctuaries.
President Barack Obama, right, meeting with leaders of large Jewish organizations in 2011.
Theology and history help explain why US Jews give more to charity than people who observe other religions or are not religious at all.
Michelle Holley holds a photograph of her daughter Jaime Holley, 19, who died of a heroin overdose in November 2016.
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Your guide to a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.
Silent protest parade in New York against the East St. Louis riots, 1917.
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Thousands marched in silence against racial violence after a riot left hundreds of blacks dead and thousands homeless. The demands of black people in 2017 remain the same as they did in 1917.
Port chaplains provide much-needed services for those who make their living at sea.
With 90 percent of global goods coming to us by ship, who are the men and women who care for the crews?
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
Economic perceptions may decide Rouhani’s fate.
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Rouhani's conservative rivals are exploiting growing pessimism about the economy, increasing the odds that someone more hostile to the West might become Iran's next president.
The Multi-faith Chapel at Hebrew Senior Life / Newbridge On The Charles, Dedham, Massachusetts.
Even as congregations decline, chapels, meditation and prayer rooms are evolving as spaces of multi-faith worship and quiet reflection.
The candidates address the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference in May.
New data from researchers at Brandeis University suggest that the Jewish vote is important in key Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida counties.
Trump and Clinton shakes hands
We asked a group of scholars to listen to Clinton vs. Trump and pick just one quote to react to. Here’s what the experts heard.
Democracy saved Erdogan from the coup attempt. Can he use it to solve the Kurdish crisis?
The protests that helped end the attempted coup turned into an affirmation of Turkish democracy. Can it help resolve the Kurdish crisis?
What will the economic legacy of the coup and response be?
Quick measures by the central bank prevented a financial crisis, but investors are worried. Longer-term economic effects will depend on how long Erdogan's purge goes on.