September 11, 2012

Known to his legions of fans as the Caesar of Arabic music, Kadim al-Sahir has a big name to live up to. The straight-laced star normally manages to avoid scandal and celebrity cat fights. But his love of Syrian erotic poetry suggests that an edgier side might come out on screen.
13:41 GMT

There's no such thing as too much talent in the Arab world as MBC begins the hunt for the new Haifa.

Muna Amarsha is taking a well-earned break in Morocco
08:33 GMT

Moroccan singer Muna Amarsha is getting back to her roots with a well-earned family break in her homeland before she hits the recording studio for work on her next project.

September 9, 2012

Tamer Hosny in a clinch with Basma Boussil
13:23 GMT

The price of loving Tamer Hosny is costly for any new kid on the celebrity block, as Basma Boussil leaves her singing career behind her to take her marital vows.

September 6, 2012

Samira Saeed's new album won't hit shelves until April 2013
07:51 GMT

Fans who were looking forward to seeing the New Year in with Samira Saeed's upcoming album were disappointed to hear that the star has postponed its release until April 2013.

September 5, 2012

Tamer Hosny and Basma Bosil's marriage announcement hasn't gone down well with some of their fans
12:42 GMT

A Facebook war has erupted between fans of Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny over his decision to marry Moroccan rising star Basma Bosil.

September 3, 2012

Tamer Hosny took to Facebook to announce his marriage to Moroccan beauty Basma Bosil
07:20 GMT

Wedding bells were ringing on Facebook this week when Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny announced his upcoming marriage to Moroccan beauty of Basma Bosil via video link on the site.

August 31, 2012

Mohammed VI of Morocco
10:08 GMT

Activists call for the end to the pledge of allegiance ritual, calling it "degrading."

August 30, 2012

Majida Al Roumi hopes she will be the first to release an exclusive Al Hashimi Qarbawi track
14:09 GMT

SIx years after his death, legendary Algerian song writer Al Hashimi Qarbawi, is at the centre of a musical battle between Lebanese diva Majida Al Roumi and Moroccan singer Latifa Raafat, who both want the rights to songs written and composed by the late folk musician.

August 28, 2012

Libya: It was all going so well as elections ended on a post-Gaddafi-high of optimism for the liberal future. But then the Salafis started bulldozing moderate Sufi mosques. Facebook extremist groups popped up to congratulate the Salafis but most Libyan were unimpressed and the interior minister was forced to resign.
15:23 GMT

As the Arab Spring's rallying cry for change seems to have been answered with Islamist power-takers, we look at how the Arab world has responded, particularly over the last couple of weeks. Was the clean sweep of Islamist governments what the Arab people wanted? Arabs seem to be fighting back with a resurgence of protests, and an Islamist backlash. The people are generally unhappy with the free-for-all chaos of unbridled Salafi mayhem and destruction that has arisen in the power vacuum left by non-Islamic dictators.

August 21, 2012

Everton off to a flyer following 1-0 victory
05:34 GMT

Everton pulled off the shock of match day one with a 1-0 win over Manchester United Monday.

August 16, 2012

Jordan has a handful of cafes that stay open during the fasting hours of the holy month and those who need to, usually make it their business to find them. Shops are open, but you are offered a black bag to conceal your illicit day time groceries. Drinking water in public carries a penalty or prison sentence. At best a ticking off by a policeman.
12:57 GMT

The Middle East region presents varying challenges to these Ramadan victims, who are either not required to partake or who chose to opt out of their religious obligations. Here is Al Bawaba's cross-section of the Arab world's various approaches toward Ramadan - from the strictest to the more lenient and free-fasting.

August 13, 2012

Tunisia: The Tunisians were the stars of the stamina events taking 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in swimming and steeplechase. Star swimmer Oussama Mellouli was the comeback kid, taking gold in the 10K after his drugs scandal five years ago. That gives him a second gold to his collection on the back of his win at Beijing.
17:13 GMT

Our panel of Arab and Middle East Olympic medal achievements from London 2012. See which Arab athlete defied the odds, broke records or fell short in his game.

August 12, 2012

Samira Saeed: back in the studio
14:46 GMT

Morroccan singer Samira Saeed is spending Ramadan in the recording studio as she prepares for the release of her upcoming album.

Maisa Moghrabi poses with talk-show host Nishan in happier times at Doha Tribeca film festival
04:19 GMT

Maisa al Moghrabi denies some rumors while volunteering others: The Emirati-Moroccan actress claims not to be banned from Saudi Arabia. She tells about 'that picture' and why she split off from Saudi fiance, and admits the failure of a previous marriage.

August 7, 2012

Algeria's Toufik Makhloufi wins gold medal
23:58 GMT

Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won the Olympic gold medal Tuesday in the men's 1,500-meter run.