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  • Oct 25th, 2012 - 14:37 GMT

    Hajj and the sacrifice: On this most spiritual of journeys, the practical progress of the pilgrim is often overlooked so this Eid, we investigate the ways to short-cut, fast-track and get you to Mecca post-haste.
  • Oct 23rd, 2012 - 15:27 GMT

    Whether they're more famous for their good acting, stellar singing or scandalous private lives, many of the Arab worlds darling celebrities are taking a break from the hype to make that spiritual journey to Mecca for Hajj or Umrah. Celebs can be good Muslims too, their public pilgrimages suggest. But is there more to these religious sacrifices than meets the eye?
  • Oct 21st, 2012 - 12:17 GMT

  • Oct 18th, 2012 - 14:57 GMT

    A breakdown or field-guide to the extremist factions knocking about on the Syrian opposition's battle field. The Islamist umbrella groupings and brigades of the Syrian rebel movement in a friendly fool's guide to the Sunni Arab insurgency.
  • Oct 16th, 2012 - 16:31 GMT

    Mr. World International, 2012, Middle East has been and gone, and if you're a man about town in the region that fancies himself hot stuff, then you've missed your boat and will have to wait til next year. Find out who the lucky winner of the million-dollar honor of securing the title was, and get a flavor of the competition through our gallery of Dubai's diverse male make-up.
  • Oct 14th, 2012 - 13:41 GMT

    Who’s in who’s not, and who's having a sulk? While the jury's no longer out on who's judging and hosting in this season of Arab talent shows, the decisions haven't sat well with divas and A-list celebs who have been left out in the cold by the selections. The usual suspects who did not make the draw are on the warpath, and the proof is in their catty comments.
  • Oct 10th, 2012 - 21:08 GMT

    The Free Syrian Army (FSA) - the military wing of the rebel group opposition - are doing a fine job of doing themselves out of their position as viable alternatives to the current regime. In this cross-section of their worst bits, a picture emerges of them as hardly the paragons of virtue for a better Syria.
  • Oct 8th, 2012 - 12:13 GMT

    Celebrities in the Arab world are not doing themselves any favors through their social media conduct. Their tendency to get petty, crude or too political, leaves something to be desired in this relatively new arena. Often, they are guilty of opening new channels and access to their personal life that they then realize the want to close. A gallery of gaffes, drama, tears, tweets and triumphs gives us a flavor of what we're dealing with.
  • Oct 2nd, 2012 - 19:25 GMT

    What has the UN ever done for the Middle East? Questioning a failed inheritance for a people left with unimplemented resolutions and missions undelivered.
  • Sep 26th, 2012 - 20:58 GMT

    Will the growing feeling of hysteria and empty threats flying between Israel and Iran amount to a full-blown conflict or is it all of no consequence - just bombast and bluff? Only time will tell. Here, some coverage of the face-off between two nations spoiling for a fight.