24 Jul 2012
Malaysian Islamic and Olympic officials said athletes from the predominantly Muslim country are excused from fasting for Ramadan while competing at the London Games.
The London Olympics which open Friday mark the first time the...
24 Jul 2012
KHARTOUM — The largest and longest demonstrations against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s 23-year rule erupted last month at Khartoum University, with protesters denouncing increased food and fuel prices as well as new,...
16 Jul 2012
In a Tripoli hotel, Saleh Meshaashy shows pictures on his mobile phone of his father’s corpse; a massive bullet wound rendered his face unrecognizable.
Meshaashy is from a small town in Libya’s northwestern Nafusa Mountains,...
10 Jul 2012
WASHINGTON — Sudan and South Sudan are playing a dangerous economic version of Russian roulette that threatens the success of both countries, the top US official for the region said on the first anniversary of South Sudan's...
07 Jul 2012
Into a sun-washed courtyard, yards away from a street full of blaring car horns and waving flags, Laila Gurgi and her husband Mohammad al Taboli step out of the Ali Oureyeth High School. The couple has just voted for the first time in...
06 Jul 2012
The day before polls open for Libya’s first National General Congress elections, reports have warned of potential violence in the country’s eastern region, following a recent attack on the Benghazi elections commission.
04 Jul 2012
Israel carried out its first airlift in mid-June to repatriate some 120 South Sudanese migrants, who were described by the government as “returning voluntarily.”
Officially, this airlift was carried out as an assisted voluntary...
01 Jul 2012
BAGHDAD — Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests that often show they were virgins until marriage but shame them nonetheless, doctors at an institute that carries out the tests and a lawyer told AFP.
Remaining a virgin until...
24 Jun 2012
Tunisian geographer Habib Ayeb grew up in the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Arab nationalism and socialist rhetoric. Born in 1954 in the Tunisian south, Ayeb’s mountainous village was often threatened by drought and water...
21 Jun 2012
TRIPOLI — When the Tripoli International Airport was seized by the Awfeya brigade on 3 June, the blitz interrupted a transition that continues to be punctuated by sporadic outbreaks of violence and political divisions that remain in...