Behind The News

March 23, 2013

US President Barack Obama tours the Treasury Building at the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, on March 23, 2013. Obama arrived in Jordan on March 22, on the last leg of a Middle East tour after challenging Israelis to embrace peace with Palestinians. (AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB)
10:53 GMT

With the U.S. president on his first tour of the region since taking office, hopes are high but expectations are low.

March 20, 2013

King Abdullah of Jordan talks to the international media.
12:53 GMT

After offending everyone from regional prime ministers to his own people in a candid interview, the Kingdom's monarch works on damage control.

March 18, 2013

Asma Assad and her children attend a fundraising event in Damascus
12:02 GMT

Bashar Al Assad's other half took their kids to a fundraising event held in Damascus

March 16, 2013

Syrian men dance and chant revolutionary slogans during the commemoration of the second anniversary of the Syrian conflict, in Bustan al-Qasr district of Aleppo. (AFP PHOTO/JM LOPEZ)
09:50 GMT

According to reports by the LA Times, the CIA is collecting information on Islamic radicals fighting for the opposition in Syria.

March 13, 2013

Aley in Lebanon is acting as a refuge for Syrian artists
15:08 GMT

This week marks two years since the onset of the first protests in Syria, and the ensuing conflict shows no signs of abating, Syrian artists are finding creative refuge in Lebanon.

March 11, 2013

Anti-government protestors gesture on the streets of Dera'a, 100kms south of the capital Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)
12:10 GMT

According to a new report by the United Nations, Syrian army soldiers are demanded payment to stop the bomb attacks.

March 9, 2013

Layla Issawi (R) holds a picture of her son Samer Issawi, a Palestinian held in Israeli jail and on hunger strike for more than 200 days. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI)
09:32 GMT

On his 222nd day, Issawi speaks out about his protest and demands that Israel either charge him or let him go.

March 6, 2013

President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of controversial rule that won him passionate support from Latin American to the Middle East.
08:07 GMT

President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of controversial rule that won him passionate support from Latin American to the Middle East.

March 4, 2013

Abou Zeid has probably been killed in Mali clashes
11:56 GMT

France says Abou Zeid has probably been killed in Mali

March 2, 2013

Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
10:57 GMT

The notorious pariah state looks to be reconsidering its stance on nuclear power at the latest round of talks.

February 27, 2013

The Syrian opposition's National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib speaks to the press after a meeting at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo.
14:13 GMT

What will a post Assad Syria look like and is there any prospect for a stable country after the old regime crumbles?

February 25, 2013

According to an Islamist source, foreign Jihadi Salafis in Syria are pushing to bring their 'holy war' into neighboring countries (Photo: National Turk)
10:16 GMT

According to an Islamist source, foreign Jihadi Salafists in Syria have begun a push to “expand” their so-called holy war into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey amidst their ongoing campaign against Damascus.

February 24, 2013

Syrian rebels are armed with foreign-supplied anti-tank weaponry
13:41 GMT

The so-called foreign infiltration of the Syrian conflict is taking a front seat as external forces are throwing their weight behind the rebels to arm Syria's militants, says a Washington Post report.

February 21, 2013

Spinneys CEO Michael Wright categorically denies that he has been removed from his post and that he remains working with the chain
10:21 GMT

Al Akhbar news, a Lebanese daily newspaper, reported in January that Lebanon's Spinneys franchise CEO Michael Wright had been sacked; however the truth is stranger than fiction and Al Bawaba sets the record straight.

February 19, 2013

A hotel brochure and the story of a Palestinian birthright: The Cliff Hotel is built on land the Ayyad family have owned ahead of the very notion of an Israeli state, says a family member.
09:36 GMT

What happens when Israeli “Absentee Property” law deprives the Ayyad Family of a Home-cum-Hotel: a family's struggle to keep hold of the Cliff Hotel -incidentally built on land owned pre-dating the State of Israel's conception- in the face of arbitrary state laws. This is the case of the Cliff Hotel and the 'disappearing' Palestinian birthright.