Campbell MacDiarmid


Iraqi artist depicts life under ISIL

Mostafa Taei's paintings became a record of gruesome atrocities: beheadings, injured children and hangings.

Battle for Mosul

Mosul University after ISIL: Damaged but defiant

Faculty and students of Mosul University, which was recently retaken from ISIL, vow to save its legacy.

Middle East

Iraq's humanitarian workers brace for Mosul influx

The battle for Mosul is expected to drive hundreds of thousands more people towards Iraq's Kurdish region.

Arts & Culture

Lifting the commercial curse on Kurdish film

A low-budget indie horror film, Curse of Mesopotamia, is shaking up the film industry in Iraq's Kurdish region.


Meet the Kurdish fighters mobilising against Tehran

Armed groups operating in northern Iraq have recently stationed forces along the Iraqi-Iranian border.


Hydro diplomacy on the Nile

Water-sharing deal has brought conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia over massive hydroelectric dam closer to resolution.


Egypt press freedom attacked amid campaigning

In the run-up to the presidential election, the military-backed government has targeted and censored journalists.

Middle East

Egypt to 'escalate' Ethiopian dam dispute

While construction of Africa's largest hydroelectric dam continues apace, downstream neighbour Egypt is crying foul.