Middle East

Bahrain charges 169 for forming another 'Hezbollah'

Shia-majority country has long accused Iran of stoking violence in the Gulf state.

Bahrain charges 169 for forming another 'Hezbollah'

India

'Parliament of religions': Kolkata's multi-faith street

From synagogues with Muslim caretakers to a Chinese temple with an Indian twist, this Kolkata area is a rich hub.

Tales from streets of mosques, synagogues, churches, temples

Middle East

Iraqi elections to test Saudi rapprochement

Iraqi politicians set themselves away from sectarian rhetoric in the run-up to country's general elections in May.

Iraqi elections to test Saudi rapprochement

Hezbollah

Will Saudis impose Qatar-style blockade on Lebanon?

Potential sanctions against Lebanon could include a ban on flights, visas, exports and transfer of remittances.

Will Saudis impose Qatar-style blockade on Lebanon?

Reporter's Notebook

In Baghdad, signs of life back on the streets

More Iraqis are coming out on the streets as violence has gone down in the capital following the defeat of ISIL group.

In Baghdad, signs of life back on the streets

Yemen

US urges UN action after Saudi blames Iran over missile

Washington calls on international community to hold Iran accountable over firing of rocket from Yemen into Saudi Arabia.

US urges UN action after Saudi blames Iran over missile

Yemen

Yemeni president 'under house arrest' in Saudi Arabia

Officials tell AP ban prompted by enmity between Hadi and UAE, which is part of Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen war.

Yemeni President Hadi 'under house arrest' in Riyadh

Lebanon

Lebanon's power players

Saad Hariri steps down as prime minister on November 4, potentially plunging the country into a fresh political crisis.

Lebanon's power players

Shia

NYU faculty ends ties with UAE over sectarianism claims

Professors Arang Keshavarzian and Mohamad Bazzi believe they were denied security clearance because of their Shia roots.

NYU faculty ends ties with UAE over sectarianism claims

Afghanistan

Deadly attacks hit two mosques in Afghanistan

Shia mosque in Kabul and Sunni mosque in Ghor province targeted in separate incidents, claiming more than 60 lives.

Deadly attacks hit mosques in Kabul and Ghor

Human Rights

Hazara Shia targeted in Pakistan attack

At least five killed, including three members of Shia community, in drive-by shooting in Balochistan province.

Hazara Shia Muslims attacked in Pakistan's Quetta

Al Jazeera World

Lebanon: The Battle of Abra

We investigate an incident highlighting tensions in Lebanese politics, the role of Hezbollah and the sectarian divide.

Opinion

The return of a Shia-order in the Middle East?

Peoples of the Middle East are trying to find their place in a new system of relative balance and multiple centres.

Lorenzo Kamel

by Lorenzo Kamel

Lorenzo Kamel

Opinion

Legalising PMF in Iraq: Why it's not all bad news

Integrating Shia militias into the Iraqi state is a good way to limit their powers and control them.

Ranj Alaaldin

by Ranj Alaaldin

Ranj Alaaldin

Afghanistan

Dozens dead after suicide strike on Kabul mosque

ISIL claims suicide attack inside Baqir-ul-uloom mosque as Shia Muslims mark Arbaeen period.