Middle East

Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in prison

Ibrahim Halawa, detained at age 17, is expected to walk free after years of 'mockery of justice' in pre-trial detention.

Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in prison

Middle East

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia asks Snap Inc to remove Al Jazeera Discover Publisher Channel in the kingdom citing violation of local law.

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Palestine

Drowning in the waste of Israeli settlers

Some 19 million cubic metres of wastewater from Israeli settlements flows through the occupied West Bank each year.

Drowning in the waste of Israeli settlers

Middle East

Iraq top court rules to suspend Kurdish referendum

Kurdistan Regional Government is planning to hold independence referendum on September 25.

Iraq top court rules to suspend Kurdish referendum

Kurds

Kurdish referendum in Iraq: What and where?

Kurds in Iraq plan to hold a referendum on independence despite opposition from Baghdad and neighbouring countries.

Kurdish referendum in Iraq: What and where?

Middle East

Qatar to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain

Doha signs agreement to purchase two dozen Typhoon aircraft in second major arms purchase since Gulf crisis began.

Qatar to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain

Middle East

An uneasy coexistence in the Mauritanian desert

Tens of thousands of refugees from Mali are living alongside traditional Mauritanian herding communities.

An uneasy coexistence in the Mauritanian desert

Middle East

UN chief urges Kurds in Iraq to scrap referendum

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says next week's scheduled referendum detracts from the fight against ISIL.

UN's Guterres urges Kurds in Iraq to scrap referendum

Syria's Civil War

Turkey deploys 80 military vehicles near Syrian border

Deployment comes after Russia, Turkey, and Iran agreed to send 'de-escalation' forces to Syria in the coming weeks.

Turkey deploys 80 military vehicles near Syrian border

Iran

Iran's Khamenei: Tehran will not bow to US bullying

Supreme leader warns US against undermining nuclear deal, saying his nation has been acting honestly over the agreement.

Iran's Khamenei: Tehran will not bow to US bullying

Opinion

A step towards Palestinian unity?

Hamas says it's finally ready for a reconciliation deal, but questions remain as to whether it will follow through.

Daoud Kuttab

by Daoud Kuttab

Daoud Kuttab

Witness

Pigeon Battles of Cairo: Egypt's High-Flying Sport

A pigeon fighter attempts to beat a rival neighbourhood in his final duel before family pressure forces him to quit.

ISIS

Russia denies bombing US-backed fighters in Syria

Six members of Syrian Democratic Forces wounded in air raid as pro-government troops advance on Deir Az Zor.

Russia denies bombing US-backed SDF troops

Middle East

How Israel's attack on Gaza brought Farah and Amal together

Farah suffered from phosphorus burns during Israel's attack on Gaza, but was able to get treatment in the US with the help of former nurse Amal Jubran and her host family.