Middle East

Iran targets Israeli positions across Syrian frontier

Iranian forces in Syria shells Israeli army outposts across the Syrian frontier overnight, Israel says, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli strikes in Syria since its civil war began in 2011.

September 30, 2017
September 30, 2017

Is South Asia the new Middle East?

The Middle East is often viewed as a region waylaid by feelings of collective humiliation and violent rivalries, both between and within countries.

July 22, 2017
July 22, 2017

Date palm shows hope

Cultivated in the Bengal region since time immemorial, the native sugar date palm, locally called 'khejurer gachh', is well-appreciated,

June 12, 2017
June 12, 2017

Widening gulf between Gulf countries

Tension is again rising in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and its allies (mainly other Gulf countries) abruptly cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the region.

August 16, 2016
August 16, 2016

The fight for Jihadi leadership

The fight between al-Qa'ida and the Islamic State (IS) has been going on since 2006 when the latter split from al-Qa'ida and declared

June 21, 2016
June 21, 2016

Iran general warns Bahrain after Shia cleric stripped of citizenship

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has suggested there could be armed resistance in Bahrain after the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom's top Shia cleric was stripped of his citizenship.

June 17, 2016
June 17, 2016

Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth

The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it's a slow-motion crisis -...

June 12, 2016
June 12, 2016

The Middle East Iftar bonanza

Six days into Ramadan and the iftar bazaars are catching heat! Spoons flying, knives slicing and the heat rising. It is time to take our culinary skills a notch up. Try your hands at some Middle...

May 12, 2016
May 12, 2016

80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air: UN

Over 80 percent of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, with Dhaka being the third most polluted, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new...

April 25, 2016
April 25, 2016

Who really does Saudi Arabia's housework?

Disagreements about who should do housework blew up on Twitter in Saudi Arabia this week, and offered some insight into popular attitudes in the country.

April 25, 2016
April 25, 2016

OIC Summit calls for unity

The Muslim world needs to develop a common denominator of issues over which no Muslim country will differ. Had the Muslim nations been united, the Palestinian issue would have been resolved long ago.