Behind The News


Al-Rishawi planned to wear a suicide bomb alongside her husband at a wedding reception in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman in 2005. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Daesh reportedly demanded the release of an Iraqi woman detained in Jordan in exchange for a Japanese hostage they have captured.

January 23, 2015

King Abdullah was heavily criticized for Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but has been praised for advancing women's rights in the country. (Photo: AFP)
22:20 GMT

Tributes, condolences and kind words have continued to pour in for King Abdullah following his death early on Friday.

Concerns have been raised over the health of the new king. (Photo: AFP)
10:31 GMT

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah earlier this morning has placed the crown in the hands of his younger half-brother King Salman. But who is this veteran ruler?

January 22, 2015

Hashim Safieddin (C), head of Hezbollah's political bureau, arrives to attend the funeral of Hezbollah military leader Mohammed Issa, a senior commander responsible for Hezbollah operations in Syria and Iraq, one of the six Hezbollah fighters killed in an Israeli strike near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, in the southern Lebanese village of Arab Salim. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
08:00 GMT

The Israeli airstrikes on Golan Heights has ushered in a new phase of strategic resistance by Syria and Hezbollah; but who will lead, what will retaliation look like, and how will the conflict escalate?

January 21, 2015

Kenji Goto (left) and Haruna Yukawa (right) are Daesh's first Japanese hostages. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto went to Raqqa to find his friend and fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa when he was abducted by Daesh.

January 20, 2015

“In a way I feel guilty and I’ve gone over it in my mind many times of all the things that I could have done to avoid it from happening. But as a parent I feel like I’ve been a victim of this, rather someone to blame," said the young Jihadi's mother. (AFP/Getty/Al-Hayat Media Centre)
07:19 GMT

A mother who traveled to Turkey to bring her son home expresses fear and frustration at a lack of support for radicalized former fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

January 19, 2015

The move by the  Muslim Leadership Initiative angered many Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:25 GMT

Following a backlash from Palestinian and rights groups, the Muslim Leadership Initiative defended a second Israeli government-funded trip to the holy land. Are Muslims on par with Zionism as a result?

January 16, 2015

An August report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights documented 36 cases, or 63 citizens, being charged with 'blasphemy' from 2011 to the end of 2012 under a shady law from the country's 1982 penal code. (AFP/File)
19:21 GMT

A look into the restive nation's increasingly troubling relationship with those who don't believe.

January 13, 2015

Sources reckon that around 30 Lebanese youths have been assigned to carry out attacks in Lebanon, coinciding with a decision by Daesh to begin covert operations in Lebanon, according to the security sources. (AFP/Getty Images/Anwar Amro)
09:00 GMT

Lebanon's security forces expecting more suicide bombs to follow as they track down around 200 suspects allegedly linked to Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

January 12, 2015

Bibi went as far as to declare Israeli to be a “peaceful, where all religions may live." (AFP/File)
14:42 GMT

MENA leaders rallied in Paris in solidarity after the Paris attacks to promote freedom of speech and religious tolerance despite the fact that many of them are guilty of oppressing these very rights in their homelands.

January 11, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a speech at the Grand Synagogue in Paris, January 11, 2015. (AFP/File)
21:43 GMT

He wasn't invited by the French government but he went along anyway, according to media reports. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended Sunday's march in Paris to support human rights and freedom of speech, did he look at his own track record first?

January 7, 2015

Charlie Hebdo's publisher, known as Churb, holds up an issue of the magazine, which features a satirical drawing titled "Intouchables 2". (File/AFP)
14:30 GMT

After 12 people were killed in Paris at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, is quelling freedom of speech a strong price to pay for offending Muslims?

January 6, 2015

Khaled Khoja was elected as the new head of the Syrian National Coalition on Monday. (Image: Zamanalwsl)
05:00 GMT

Syria's leading opposition group elected Khaled Khoja as its new chief on Monday along with the new secretary-general Yahya Maktabi. Who are these leaders and will they bring peace to the table?

January 4, 2015

The mother of one of the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers sits outside a tent in Beirut’s downtown. (Image: Al-Akhbar)
08:16 GMT

Amid the bustle and clatter of the festive season, a simple stroll along the cobblestone streets of Beirut’s downtown is enough to make evident the presence of two extremely different worlds within a limited space.

January 1, 2015

Daesh militants have suffered defeats in recent months, but it doesn't stop them reaching Israel. (AFP/File)
12:34 GMT

Despite Daesh suffering significant losses in recent months, namely the failure to overrun the Syrian border town of Kobani, there is a risk that Israel could be the next target.