Middle East

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 - but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge.

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 Eastern dishes for a change from the fried and crunchy delicacies.

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 World Health Organization (WHO) report warns.

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.

March 20, 2016
March 20, 2016

Italy rescues 910 boat migrants, nearly 600 saved off Libya

Nearly 600 migrants mostly from sub-Saharan African countries and Bangladesh are rescued by Libyan coast guards.

February 27, 2016
February 27, 2016

Attacks hit Syria as truce takes hold

The first major truce in Syria's five-year civil war comes into effect, but Syrian TV says shells hit residential areas of the capital, Damascus.

February 16, 2016
February 16, 2016

Russia rejects Syria war crimes claim

Russia says it "categorically rejects" accusations of war crimes over the bombing of hospitals in Syria.