Behind The News

April 13, 2013

Image of the destruction in the Salaheddine district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 12, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF)
08:42 GMT

According to an article by the Times newspaper, the military scientists have collected soil samples as evidence.

April 11, 2013

The death penalty is a polarizing practice
15:27 GMT

The Middle East is a hotbed of war and executions. The top 6 death penalty operating countries include Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Almost 99 per cent of executions in the region were in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen.

April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher sits down with King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia at 10 Downing Street, London
13:55 GMT

Remembering the Iron Lady from an Arab point of view: What Thatcher did for Kuwaitis and the oil rich region.

April 8, 2013

Leila Ben Ali: passe partout
16:33 GMT

Leila Trabelsi the former First Lady of Tunisia remembered less fondly as power mongering Lady Macbeth apparently threatened to kill her son in cold blood if her husband divorced her as per his resignation speech in original draft.

April 6, 2013

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI)
08:36 GMT

According to sources in Fatah, President Abbas is looking to axe his PM without him knowing about it.

April 4, 2013

Is time running out on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?
14:05 GMT

Over two years since the revolution in Egypt, protests continue in the post-Mubarak era. Now, some commentators are arguing that the countdown to the fall of Muslim Brotherhood is speeding up.

April 2, 2013

Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh
13:14 GMT

Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly left Yemen for Saudi Arabia for medical treatment but this could be the former Preisdent's final farewell to the country he ruled for three decades

March 30, 2013

The ship will be crossing through the Suez Canal before heading to Syria according to sources (picture used for illustrative purposes only - AFP)
10:37 GMT

According to opposition sources, the boat is carrying 8,500 tons of weapons and ground missiles heading for the Syrian regime's army.

March 28, 2013

Little Tunisian women: are teen school girls going on a 'Sexual Jihad' in Syria? (image used for illustrative purposes)
18:05 GMT

Tunisian girls are going on a naughty sexual adventure because a man with a beard told them it was permissible in the name of Islam. Tunisian teens are taking up a new form of Jihad - with a sexual twist- in the holy war to liberate Syria from the Assads.

Anonymous members wear the Guy Fawkes mask (AFP Photo)
07:31 GMT

Anonymous will unite on April 7 to launch the next #OpIsrael web attack

March 26, 2013

Oman has reportedly granted the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s widow and her family asylum on humanitarian grounds.
13:43 GMT

Oman has granted the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s widow and her family asylum on humanitarian grounds, an official at the foreign ministry was quoted as saying in Omani media.

March 25, 2013

Not all is calm at the Lebanon/Israel border. (Al Akhbar)
12:58 GMT

According to reports in the Israeli media, the Jewish state is preparing to deal with the fallout in Lebanon.

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