Behind The News

February 14, 2013

A Syrian girl stands at the entrance of a makeshift home set up in the catacombs of the ruins of a building in the ancient Roman city of of Serjilla, in northwestern Syria, on Monday. (AFP Photo/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
13:54 GMT

In late January the United Nations raised more than $1.5 billion in just one day’s worth of pledges at their conference in Kuwait. The money was intended for the suffering masses of Syria’s civil war but critics say most of the aid will never reach the rubble-strewn streets of Aleppo, Idlib and Homs.

February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict said in a historic announcement he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Roman Catholic Church.
08:57 GMT

Pope Benedict said in a historic announcement he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Roman Catholic Church.

February 10, 2013

How the U.S. determines whom drones target became a public question after a drone killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was a member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
12:13 GMT

How the U.S. determines whom drones target became a public question after a drone killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was a member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

February 6, 2013

Abu Dhabi's judicial department.
10:01 GMT

A group accused of trying to overthrow the UAE government meet with the judge before the start of the public hearing.

February 4, 2013

Ordinary Saudis are turning into the Kingdom's paparazzi.
09:34 GMT

Badria al-Bishr argues that Saudi society is turning into a Kingdom full of amateur paparazzis.

February 1, 2013

"We are witnessing perhaps the most extreme example of the principle of 'the consent of the governed” actually being implemented.'
10:49 GMT

The good news is that change mostly occurs nonviolently and will keep moving some Arab countries on the slow path to stable democratic republics.

January 30, 2013

Kenyans are often lured with job advertisements in the Gulf and end up suffering abuse (picture used for illustrative purposes only).
09:14 GMT

Two years on from the last time this taboo subject was addressed, East Africans looking for better job opportunities are still being lured into the Gulf and then trapped as sex slaves.

January 28, 2013

Arab women rights
14:06 GMT

An international human rights group is appealing to Jordan's to amend the Citizenship Law, which prevents Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians from passing on their nationality to their spouses and children.

January 27, 2013

Peace talks get their turn at the table in the Middle East's quagmire (image Jordan peace summit, used for illustrative purposes)
08:22 GMT

Yemen has chosen to tackle its political quagmire and potential ongoing turbulence by going to the table for talks. They are due to take up the diplomatic option to cure their ails at their National Dialogue, whose date is still to be determined.

January 24, 2013

Former Iraq Vice President Tareq Aziz.
11:01 GMT

Depressed and ill, Saddam Hussein’s former right-hand man has had enough.

January 23, 2013

Zaki Bani Rashid, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
09:55 GMT

On the eve of the elections in Jordan, the government's main opposition makes their claim of voter fraud.

January 21, 2013

Gabi Ashkenazi (Getty Images)
11:19 GMT

Ashkenazi had been widely touted as a leader for Israel’s left. But what appears to be a concerted campaign against him by the political elite may stymie any chance of his running for office.

January 20, 2013

Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri reportedly lead the hostage-taking operation at the BP oil facility in In Aménas, Algeria (AFP PHOTO / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP / ANI)
13:23 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked militants, who kidnapped hundreds of workers at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, said they were after “crusaders” and not Algerian nationals, one of the released hostages told Al Arabiya in an interview on Saturday.

January 16, 2013

French army soldiers stand on armoured vehicles as they leave Bamako. (AFP PHOTO /ERIC FEFERBERG)
06:42 GMT

Harking back to their colonial powers, France sends in the troops to Mali but have the African Union missed their mark on making a difference in the region?

January 14, 2013

The pigeon has been taken into custody to make sense of the microfilm.
11:29 GMT

A pigeon, found carrying a written message on one foot and a microfilm on the other, is taken in by authorities.