Behind The News

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.

December 30, 2014

Lebanese soldiers enter the border town of Arsal where troops battled Daesh and Nusra Front militants, August 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT

Lebanon had a turbulent year with militancy in Arsal and suicide attacks across the country. Is the tiny nation out of the deep end and will 2015 be brighter?

December 28, 2014

Anwar Muslim, Kobani's Prime Minister, declares, "[Daesh] can no longer control Kobani. We know we will win this battle but we need to be patient." (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT

Citizens of Kobani refusing to flee the fighting maintained high spirits in the ongoing battle to rid their land of Daesh.

December 25, 2014

German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented chilling accounts of live under Daesh rule in Mosul. (Image: The Independent)
07:00 GMT

When German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented Daesh activities in Iraq's Mosul, he entered a horrific world of child soldiers, a fundamental interpretation of Sunni Islam and a lot of tension.

December 23, 2014

A Yazidi woman sits in Kurdistan's Bajid Kandala camp, after fleeing Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.

December 21, 2014

Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.

December 17, 2014

Family members pray at the tomb of young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi who started the Arab Spring. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT

By setting himself alight four years ago, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi paved way for the Arab Spring. Little did he or the policewoman who slapped him know what would happen next.

December 15, 2014

Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halev accused Netanyahu's government of creating a fragile status in Jerusalem with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

Without equality for Palestinians, will there ever be peace? Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said during an interview that without dignity towards Palestinians, Netanyahu would jeopardize the peace process.

December 11, 2014

The CIA used a rage of torture methods to allegedly gain intelligence, which turns out, was not relevant to US national security. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

After the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a shocking report into the CIA's interrogation methods, some accounts were baffling, others were downright disturbing. What really happened to detainees?

December 9, 2014

A Syrian refugee sits outside his tent in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, March 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.

December 7, 2014

Britain to establish naval Base in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT

Bahraini-British naval base deal is being presented as a "symbolic" deal but will identify Britain as an old colonial power siding with Bahrain's Sunni monarchy.

December 3, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu fired Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT

The announcement by Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu to fire two major cabinet members was a shock for the Knesset. What is next?