Lebanon

November 5, 2014

Lebanese Shia mourners gather for the funeral of Hezbollah fighter Mohammad Munir Fadel, killed by clashes with ISIL militants, September 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front warned Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah with "hidden surprises", stating the "real battle has not yet started".

Najwa will be performing in Australia this November. (Image: Instagram)
09:35 GMT

Najwa Karam is heading to Australia this November and is giving her fans the chance to go behind the scenes with her.

November 4, 2014

A Lebanese soldier stands guard on a road leading to Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh Sunni area, October 27, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:04 GMT

Saudi Arabia and France will equip the Lebanese army with $3 billion worth of military aid to battle the growing number of militants in the country.

Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rare public appearance ahead of the Shia Ashura commemoration, November 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:39 GMT

Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said there was no place Hezbollah rockets could not reach in occupied Palestine, in a warning to Israel.

To commemorate Hazrat Ali-Asghar, the newborn son of Imam Hussein, Iranian women gather with their newborns at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla and the Mahdieh Mosque in Tehran. The tiny boys are dressed in their finest; these beautiful babies belie the gruesome backstory to the day.
09:23 GMT

Ashura for Shia’s - 10 incredible images of the 10th day of the Islamic new year

The day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and is commemorated by Shias as the day when Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, was killed. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

All the entrances to the predominately Shia southern suburbs of Beirut were closed at midnight Monday to help prevent militant attacks against worshippers observing Ashura Tuesday.

November 3, 2014

Shias will gather in city squares Tuesday to commemorate Ashura, the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Mohammad, at the Battle of Karbala in the year 680. (AFP/File)
11:49 GMT

Hermel municipality has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Syrians ahead of Tuesday's Ashura processions.

November 2, 2014

Mouawad has designed bejeweled bras for the American lingerie chain for more than a decade.
14:08 GMT

The 2014 edition of Victoria's Secret's Fantasy Bra will feature, for the first time, not one, but two sapphire, ruby and diamond sets designed by Lebanese jewelers Mouawad, valued at $2 million apiece.

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit

The question on everyone's minds: Why did Wael walk out of Arab Idol? (Image: Facebook)
08:40 GMT

Arab Idol judge Lebanese singer Wael Kfoury walked off the show on Friday. What was he thinking?

During past discussions, Prime Minister Tammam Salam has been outspoken about his rejection of any such prisoner swap deal for Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

In the first sign of progress toward the release of 27 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held by Nusra militants, Qatari mediators were handed a list of names to be considered in a prisoner swap.