UN

Debunking Israel's UN-bias claims

The UN's repeated buckling to US and Israeli pressure stands contrary to claims of an anti-Israel bias, analysts note.

Debunking Israel's UN-bias claims

Middle East

Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

The latest news after three Gulf states and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed a land, sea and air blockade.

Middle East

Saudi, Iraqi leaders 'draw closer' after Sadr meeting

For Saudi Arabia, talks with Iraq are attempt to build alliances with its Shia leaders, analysts say.

Saudi, Iraqi leaders 'draw closer' after Sadr meeting

GCC

Saudi to open land border for Qatar's Hajj pilgrims

Qatar welcomes decision, but says move should include a full lifting of the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led group.

Saudi King Salman invites Qatar pilgrims to Hajj

Middle East

Hamas guard killed in suicide bombing in southern Gaza

Several Hamas security men also injured in the bombing blamed on ISIL near the Palestinian enclave's border with Egypt.

Hamas guard killed in suicide bombing in southern Gaza

Inside Story

Can the UN achieve peace in Libya?

The United Nations has embarked on a new push to bring together rivals in the war-torn country.

Human Rights

Israeli forces demolish house of al-Aqsa attack suspect

Israeli army destroys family home of Omar al-Abed, who is accused of stabbing three Israelis to death last month.

Israeli forces demolish house of al-Aqsa attack suspect

Middle East

US criticises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain for lack of religious freedom

US President Donald Trump's administration says the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group remains the biggest threat to religious freedom around the world.

Humanitarian crises

Inside an Iraqi IDP camp: laughter, games and boredom

For millions of displaced Iraqis, life is not a permanent crisis.

How Iraq's IDPs cope with the trauma of displacement

Middle East

'Victory for women's dignity': Lebanon scraps rape law

Parliament abolishes contentious 1940s law that allows rapists to marry their victims in order to avoid jail sentence.

Lebanon scraps controversial rape law after campaign

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

'My youngest child has no idea that I am his mother'

Recently released Palestinian prisoner and mother of six says she is finding it hard to reintegrate into her family.

'My youngest child has no idea that I am his mother'

Shorts

How to be a Palestinian supermom

To Manal Tamimi, being a Palestinian parent brings a lot of unique responsibilities.

Middle East

New UN envoy visits Misrata to discuss Libya's future

The UN's newly appointed envoy to Libya has held talks in Misrata aimed at finding a solution to the six-year conflict.

Middle East

Thousands flee as raids hit ISIL-held town in Iraq

Iraqi and coalition planes step up air raids in advance of a ground offensive to drive out ISIL from town west of Mosul.

Thousands flee as air raids hit ISIL-held Tal Afar

Middle East

ICC issues arrest warrant for key Haftar ally

Hague-based court holds Mahmoud al-Werfalli 'responsible for murder as a war crime' of 33 people in Libya's east.

ICC warrant for Khalifa Haftar ally Mahmoud al-Werfalli