The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq.
By Elizabeth Dias
Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed their careers--he is an engineer, she is a pharmacist--and raised their son and daughter, who are now both doctors.
By John Dennehy
Today, the city of Mosul is the front line of the battle against Islamist extremists. Reports about the looting and damage of archaeological sites in Iraq warn that the world is in danger of losing important evidence of the country's cultural heritage.
By Rosaline Walters
Mary Jammo has undergone many transformations over her life; from a resident of Jordon who couldn't cook to the proud mum of two children with a bowlful of tips and tricks for the kitchen.
By Melik Kaylan
When John Kerry made a public appearance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept. 22, he toured "From Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age," the new exhibition about the Middle East's ancient civilizations of the first millennium B.C.
By Michael Huang
Randa Markos didn't have much of a childhood. War will do that to a kid. In the late 1980s, near the end of the Iran-Iraq War, Markos and her family were constantly on the move in their native Iraq.