Students study at a religious school in Iran's Shiite clerical capital Qom.  (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
August 29, 2015 - 05:35 GMT
Learning Jewish theology in one of the world's most unlikely places; forgotten stories of the Arab diaspora in Latin America; and ten Arabic short stories to add to any Arabophile's library.
A 26-year-old from the US, nicknamed Hewal Dilsad by Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria, displays a photograph of his wife and son.  (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)
August 27, 2015 - 06:15 GMT
Meet the foreign fighters joining the ranks of Kurdish militias in Syria; why we still need to stop calling Daesh "Islamic"; and young Gazans tell their own stories a year after Operation Protective Edge.
A family celebrates in the streets of Iran's capital Tehran after news of the recent nuclear deal.  (AFP/Atta Kenare)
August 26, 2015 - 04:45 GMT
Humans of New York shares the mundane, heartbreaking, and human stories of ordinary Iranians; silencing Egypt's press; and voices from Lebanon's #YouStink protest movement.
Demonstrators in Beirut rally against Lebanon's government corruption and ongoing garbage crisis, August 23, 2015.  (AFP/File)
August 25, 2015 - 04:35 GMT
Forget Daesh, war, and extremism - from Beirut to Baghdad, Arab youth's biggest complaint is incompetent government; 22 rude things you can get away with saying in Lebanon; and a new type of halal bacon comes from the most unlikely of sources.
A Yemeni man walks through Sanaa's UNESCO-listed historic district.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
August 24, 2015 - 06:00 GMT
Egypt's hazy involvement in the Saudi-led coalition; Christian and Muslim Palestinians join in protest against the separation wall; and how Daesh is pushing Turks to rise against their government.
Amna Farooqi, a Muslim Pakistani-American and the newly elected president of pro-Israel lobby J Street's campus branch, known as J Street U.  (Photo courtesy J Street)
August 23, 2015 - 06:29 GMT
Why pro-Israel groups are seeking people of color; following Beirut's recent anti-corruption protests; and a troubling trend of forced sex changes targets LGBT communities in Iran.
Iraqi-Canadian writer Aya al-Hakim says it's time for Arab women to walk in the footsteps of Umayyad-era female poets and reclaim their sexuality as a source of both pride and humanity.  (AFP)
August 22, 2015 - 05:20 GMT
Why it's time for Arab women to reclaim their sexuality; the Ashley Madison leak is dangerous for cheaters in the Middle East; and Palestine's growing skater culture.
In a moment of calm following 2014's brutal war in Gaza, a man throws his laughing baby into the air on the beach in Gaza City.  Gaza's beaches, where last summer four boys were killed by Israeli missiles while playing soccer, are worlds away from the swanky seaside hangouts of Tel Aviv.  (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
August 20, 2015 - 05:08 GMT
Tel Aviv and Gaza beaches a stark study in war and contrasts; on being a single lady in Egypt; and 62 years since Mossadegh's ouster in Iran.
No more mister Maliki. Current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's recent government reforms removed 11 of 33 cabinet positions - including that of former longtime Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.  (AFP/Leon Neal)
August 19, 2015 - 04:47 GMT
PM al-Abadi's sweeping government reforms raise questions; a new Gaza 'street workout' trend brings bodybuilding outdoors; and eleven recipes to kick of the date harvest.
The Turkish flag is seen in front of Istanbul's skyline.  The Turkish government's decision to demolish an Izmir football stadium - once the gathering place of a diverse array of ethnic groups - recalls frightening memories of ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
August 18, 2015 - 04:54 GMT
This soon-to-be demolished historical landmark now a symbolic warning sign; retired US general says there's more to the Middle East than war; and a journalist tortured in Syria tells his story.
A robotic pen writes a passage of the Torah in an instillation at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.  (AFP/John MacDougall)
August 17, 2015 - 04:47 GMT
An unlikely lover of Israeli literature shares his perspective; fears rise in Turkey after recent spate of attacks; and how one Syrian classroom tackled wartime food shortages.