Inside Story

When will Mosul be liberated?

The Iraqi army has launched an offensive to recapture the remaining enclaves still held by ISIL.

Politics

Morocco: Al-Hoceima remains tense over protest arrests

Rif city of Al-Hoceima remains tense after police detain 20 demonstrators and issue arrest warrant for protest leader.

Morocco: Al-Hoceima remains tense over protest arrests

Middle East

Palestinian judge bans divorce during Ramadan

Judge says fasting and ban on cigarettes tend to lead to frayed tempers and sharp tongues that are later regretted.

Palestinian judge bans divorce during Ramadan

Human Rights

Jailed UAE lawyer awarded major human rights prize

UAE lawyer was among 69 jailed on charges of conspiring to topple government after trial criticised by rights groups.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Roken awarded human rights prize

Battle for Mosul

Iraqi army to reach Mosul's Old City 'in three days'

As humanitarian concerns over Mosul civilians grow, Iraqi forces close in on ISIL positions despite strong resistance.

Jerusalem

Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

Middle East

Syria: Displaced families in Idlib face harsh Ramadan

A halt in air strikes in Idlib means residents of the Syrian city are able to celebrate Ramadan free of fear.

Battle for Mosul

'Nowhere safe' as Iraqi troops push deeper into Mosul

Aid groups express alarm over civilians' safety as Iraqi forces seek to push last remaining ISIL fighters out of Mosul.

Iraqi troops push for last ISIL holdouts in Mosul

Middle East

Libya's Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

Benghazi-based group says it has been weakened after suffering big losses, calls others to unite and continue fighting.

Libya's Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

Middle East

Yemen rivals urged to free wrongfully held detainees

HRW says it has documented arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance by Houthi, government and UAE-backed fighters.

Inside Story

Has Egypt failed to protect its Christian minority?

Egypt has launched air strikes against targets in Libya in response to attack on Christians in Minya.

Politics

Morocco police hunt Rif region protest leader

Authorities order arrest of Nasser Zefzafi for interrupting an imam's sermon.

Morocco police hunt Rif region protest leader

Opinion

Iraq must invest in education to secure its future

The cost of investing in Iraq's education will be high, but the return of this investment will be immense.

Peter Hawkins

by Peter Hawkins

Peter Hawkins

Middle East

ISIL claims deadly attack on Egypt's Christians

Air raids target camps near Derna where armed men responsible for deadly Minya attack are alleged to have trained.

Middle East

Libya: Dozens killed as heavy fighting grips Tripoli

At least 52 Government of National Accord fighters killed, shattering period of relative calm in the capital.

Rival factions clash in Libya's Tripoli