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A man browses books at Cairo's International Book Fair, 2007.  (AFP/File)
May 28, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
How one innovative bookshop is changing Cairo's literary scene; why a popular vote won't solve Lebanon's presidential vacuum; and the UN's contentious role in the Western Sahara dispute.
Men get their beards trimmed at a barber shop in Pakistan, July 2014.  (AFP/File)
May 27, 2015 - 11:53 GMT
Some desperately needed positive PR for the beard; UN Middle East missions and their mediocrity; and a new messaging app in Iran designed with censorship in mind.
Turkey's upcoming general election, scheduled for June 7, will be important in determining the future of the country's democracy. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
May 27, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
A cat meme guide to the Turkish elections; how one Sicilian woman and her cell phone save migrants at sea; and a detained Iranian-American journalist highlights Iran's use of forced confessions.
Osama bin Laden, one of the most famous terrorists in history, was killed by the US in 2011 (AFP)
May 26, 2015 - 15:47 GMT
The effectiveness of terrorism; the will of the US to fight Daesh under scrutiny; and the new colonialism that Muslims endure.
Orange mobile network assisted Israeli soldiers during attacks on Gaza in 2014 (via Frumline)
May 26, 2015 - 10:26 GMT
Egypt calls for boycott of Orange mobile; Saudi's priorities in regional conflicts; and a underground discovery in Alexandria.
The River Nile is becoming increasingly polluted (AFP/file)
May 25, 2015 - 15:41 GMT
The sorry state of Egypt's River Nile ; the bikers you don't expect to see in Dubai; and Kurdistan's stagnating economy.
An Egyptian court sentenced ex-president Morsi to death this month (AFP/file)
May 25, 2015 - 10:39 GMT
A look at the Egyptian judicial system; striving for an education despite the Syrian conflict; unclear prospects for Saudi in Yemen.
Hezbollah have been fighting to prop up Assad during the conflict in Syria (AFP/file)
May 24, 2015 - 15:56 GMT
The role that Hezbollah are playing in Syria; US kills hopes of nuke-free Mideast; and looking at people rather than fish in Egypt.
Ramadi fell to Daesh last week, a significant defeat for government forces (AFP/Azhar Shallal)
May 24, 2015 - 09:57 GMT
The past, present and future of Anbar province; the dangers of fixing stereotypes about Arabs; and the need to speak out against domestic violence.
An Iranian woman plays with her pet terrier.  (AFP/Behrouz Mehria)
May 23, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
Police violence against pets leaves Iranian dog owners heartbroken; Palestinian play portrays microcosm of life under occupation; and an archeology buff reflects on the fall of Palmyra.
As Daesh took full control of Syria's Palmyra on Thursday, countless treasures of the world heritage site are at risk.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
May 21, 2015 - 12:38 GMT
Syria's ancient city at stake; how Washington never had Ramadi; and vulnerable Afghan workers in Iran.