Middle East expects big changes under Trump

19 Jan 2017
Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of...

Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

17 Jan 2017
Omar Tarshan had never visited any of Syria's famous public baths until three weeks ago, when a water shortage in his Damascus neighborhood forced him to look for an alternative place to shower. On Monday night, the 25-year-old...

Sex assault cases lead to soul-searching in Israel

Israeli women protest against sexual abuse
12 Jan 2017
A string of high-profile sexual abuse cases has led to soul-searching in Israel, where women's increasing willingness to report such behaviour has collided with retrograde attitudes among some men, experts say.   In the most high-...

Fading French town offers hope of new life for Syrian family

06 Jan 2017
Gray is a dying town, its residents lament. Big businesses moved away taking jobs with them. Now many stores lie vacant, fading "to rent" signs in the windows. But for one Syrian family, the town's picturesque streets, red-...

At least 50,000 IS fighters killed in Iraq, Syria since 2014: US official

09 Dec 2016
At least 50,000 Islamic State jihadists have been killed by the US-led coalition since it began operations in Iraq and Syria in late 2014, a senior US military official said Thursday. A relentless operation using planes and drones from a...

Arab youth largest in number but face exclusion - UNDP report

30 Nov 2016
The level of political participation by Arab youth is one of the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Arab Human Development Report. The report's sixth edition was published on Tuesday...

Qatar to support Syrian rebels no matter what, slams Egypt stance

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attends an interview with Reuters in Doha, Qatar November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
28 Nov 2016
Qatar will continue to arm Syrian rebels even if Donald Trump ends US backing for the multinational effort, Doha's foreign minister said in an interview, signaling its determination to pursue a policy the US President-elect may abandon...

Aleppo will eventually fall, but Syrian war will go on

05 Oct 2016
It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in nearly six years of war. Capturing the strategically important city, an economic and...

Commentary: Putin’s Middle East gamble is paying dividends

05 Oct 2016
Vladimir Putin has made an art of turning weakness into strength. As Russian and Syrian forces pound Aleppo in the biggest assault of Syria’s five-year civil war, the Russian president clearly has emerged as a dominant force in the...

Assad blames US for collapse of Syria truce

24 Sep 2016
He's been stigmatized internationally, a contentious figure presiding over a ruinous civil war that seems to slip into further depravity every day. But in his power base in the Syrian capital, President Bashar Assad projected...