In photos: Big-money camels gallop to victory in Dubai outskirts

19 Apr 2017
Forget the image of lumbering beasts trudging over sand dunes in slow-moving caravans — camels in Dubai are built for speed. Camel racing is a big-money sport and fast thoroughbreds can fetch well over a million dollars. Rising...

Scorched earth: If Islamic State can't have it, no one can

22 Mar 2017
As Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning to sabotage to ensure its enemies cannot benefit from its losses. As the Syrian army and...

Syria's unaccompanied children biggest victims of war: UNICEF

15 Mar 2017
Children have suffered the most in Syria's six-year war, and among them the most vulnerable are those separated from their families, a senior Unicef official told Reuters on Wednesday. Furthemore, as well as the large number of direct...

Libya's deepening split finds battleground at oil terminals

12 Mar 2017
Hundreds if not thousands of armed men are converging on Libya's main oil shipping terminals, which the rival powers in the country's east and west are fighting to control in a battle being watched by global oil markets. The...

Netanyahu turns to Putin for help containing Shia influence

09 Mar 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is due to meet Russian President Putin in Moscow. They're expected to discuss the growing Shia influence in the Middle East - something both leaders would like to see reduced. Before his trip to Moscow...

In photos: Jews and Arabs face off in Jerusalem, but it's not what you think

Arab and Jewish players compete in a backgammon championship organised by Double Yerushalmi, a group trying to build closer ties between Arabs and Jews through cultural activities, in Jerusalem February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
03 Mar 2017
In the early evening on a backstreet in downtown Jerusalem, Arabs and Jews are milling around, preparing for battle. But this isn't a new round of Middle East violence, it's a showdown over shesh besh, the local name for backgammon...

With Libya's transition paralyzed, a self-declared PM projects power in Tripoli

02 Mar 2017
In a cluster of luxury residences that survived Tripoli's battles almost unscathed, a self-declared defender of Libya's revolution has set up base as one of three claimants to the country's premiership. A handful of guards and...

Mosul caught in 'strange and terrifying' battle as IS foreign soldiers fight to the end

28 Feb 2017
The families cowered in basements, huddling in the dark as war raged overhead between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul. Above ground, soldiers from Iraq's Rapid Response division...

In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' becomes a frequent refrain

21 Feb 2017
Kuwait's first new government hospital in more than three decades will soon open its doors — but only to Kuwaiti citizens. It's the latest in a series of steps targeting foreigners, including laborers who build high-rise...

Famed church in Israel reopens 2 years after arson attack

13 Feb 2017
One of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land has reopened with a special mass two years after an arson attack blamed on Jewish extremists. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended the reopening ceremony at the Church of the...