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US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (AFP/File)
December 05, 2016 - 08:58 GMT
Though Russia and the U.S. tout opposing narratives on Syria, both their policies resulted in the ongoing destruction in that country. Eventually, however, someone will have to shoulder the cost of rebuilding, writes Middle East expert Frederic C. Hof.
US president-elect Donald Trump. (AFP/File)
November 26, 2016 - 13:45 GMT
The new U.S. president wants his Syrian counterpart to stay. Journalist Annia Ciezadlo explains what that’s going to mean for the nearly half of Syrian civilians who are stranded by war.
The call for prayer meant continuity; survival; rebirth; hope and layer-upon-layer of meanings that was never truly understood, but always feared by the Israeli army. (AFP/File)
November 22, 2016 - 10:03 GMT
The call for prayer in Islam, like the sound of church bells ringing, carries a deep religious and spiritual meaning, as it has, five times a day, for the last 15 centuries, uninterrupted. But, in Palestine, such religious traditions also carry a deep, symbolic meaning.
Approximately 250 Jews from Turkey have immigrated to Israel in the past year — a figure that is more than double the 2015 tally and constitutes more 1 percent of Turkey's Jewish community of approximately 17,000 people. (AFP/File)
November 20, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Amid growing religiosity, fears of anti-Semitism and a government increasingly stifling dissent, many are considering their options elsewhere.
Picking Olives in al-Walaja: A Harvest of Resistance. (AFP/File)
November 14, 2016 - 11:13 GMT
The annual olive harvest is a time for celebration and fear for many Palestinians, who face violence from Israeli settlers. While volunteer organizations aim to help, their motivations may be less charitable.
Many Arabs view him as an inexperienced leader, as opposed to Clinton's extensive resume in the region as Secretary of State under the first Obama administration. (AFP/File)
November 09, 2016 - 10:39 GMT
Some camps in the Arab world have secretly applauded his victory believing he will disengage from the region.
Jordan's average male taxi drivers have come under fire recently for being difficult and rude. Maybe we'd all be better off with women drivers? (Courtesy photo)
November 06, 2016 - 13:43 GMT
A group of women in Jordan are defying gender roles for a career on the road. While it’s not easy working in a male-dominated sector, the country’s female taxi drivers are willing to challenge the naysayers in order to do the job they love.
Londoners protest airstrikes in Syria. (AFP/File)
November 02, 2016 - 11:28 GMT
The United States intervened militarily in Syria under the premise of the “war on terror” and the fight against Daesh, but their presence is actually helping the Syrian government.
Lebanon's 13th president Michel Aoun, a Christian former army chief, is allied with the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
October 31, 2016 - 12:49 GMT
The doors of Baabda Palace, which have been closed since ex-President Michel Suleiman's tenure ended in May 2014, will open again after the parliament's expected vote to end the presidential vacuum.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin-Salman. (AFP/File)
October 16, 2016 - 11:07 GMT
The unorthodox and swift rise of an inexperienced prince in Saudi Arabia has shaken the Saudi monarchy and left an overload of other princes craving for power angry and disgruntled, a report says.
A man is seen in the al-Amirya neighborhood of the city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
October 12, 2016 - 12:15 GMT
The Syrian government’s recent tourism videos of beautiful scenery and nightlife look ludicrous to Westerners who know the brutal truth about Aleppo – but the West isn’t the intended audience for this publicity blitz.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on June 15, 2015 in Algiers. (AFP/File)
October 04, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
As so-called Islamic State recruits members from across the world, one Muslim country has set itself apart. Despite its geographic proximity to extremist-prone regions and a chequered past of militancy, Algeria, on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, has fewer recruits than many others, including next-door neighbours Morocco and Tunisia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hand of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef. (AFP/File)
October 02, 2016 - 11:06 GMT
Friday's meeting is the sixth to take place between President Erdogan and Saudi leaders in less than a year -- and the second between Erdogan and bin Nayef in less than 10 days.
Protesters at a vigil held Monday night for Nahed Hattar at the site of his murder (Al Bawaba/Bethan Staton)
September 27, 2016 - 13:52 GMT
The murder of Nahed Hattar and the subsequent gag order placed on the case raises questions about extremism in Jordan.
A masked Palestinian hurls rocks towards Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Mohammed Fares al-Jaabari on Oct. 10, 2015, in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
September 26, 2016 - 13:28 GMT
A fresh wave of violence has Israel in its grasp once again, almost exactly one year after similar attacks sparked fears of a third Intifada. Once again, it's dredging up questions of how to handle the violence and what this means for Israel's future.
Palestinian students in checkered keffiyehs holding axes. (photo: AFP)
September 23, 2016 - 14:28 GMT
The "knife intifada" was thought to be over. Turns out, it isn't.