The arrest of two journalists has prompted an anti-government backlash amongst Egyptian press, in perhaps the most striking of a number of recent challenges to President Sisi's hold on power.
VICE News was at one of the Turkish ports where the first boats carrying migrants arrived from Greece on Monday under the terms of a controversial new EU deal.
Recent clashes between rebels from the secular Free Syrian Army and the hardine religious al-Nusra are a sign of just how serious tensions have become, commanders from both groups told VICE News.
At least 22 people died in September when a boat filled with refugees sank in the Aegean Sea. VICE News conducted extensive interviews with survivors about what happened that night, and in the days that followed.
In the sprawling suburbs of the Thai capital, between a busy thoroughfare and a pungent canal, more than half a dozen scrapped passenger jets have become makeshift homes for a number of families.
VICE News met with PKK leader Cemil Bayik in his northern Iraqi mountain stronghold to discuss the ongoing conflict with Turkish armed forces as well as the battle against the Islamic State.
Caught Between the Islamic State and Erdogan: Turkey's Most Important Opposition Politician Talks to VICE News
VICE News sat down with Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of HDP and figurehead of the Kurdish political movement in Turkey, as violence between security forces and PKK militants continues to escalate.
Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), urged local residents to embrace "honorable resistance" after fierce urban fighting that state media claims has killed dozens of Kurdish militants.
Riot police in Istanbul used tear gas, rubber bullets, and a water cannon to quickly disperse a demonstration over the killing one of Turkey's most prominent human rights lawyers.
According to media close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the shooting down of a Russian warplane for invading Turkey's airspace was proof that Turkey is now a major player.
Heavy fighting and cruelty by the Islamic State has left lasting scars on both the Iraqi town and its people.