Egypt's Sisi to face sole poll rival

Left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi will be the only challenger to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt's presidential election, as registration ends.

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 5:18 pm

Iran's Rouhani urges women's rights

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani urges equal opportunities and rights for women and condemns discrimination in a speech marking Women's Day.

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 4:33 pm

In pictures: Easter celebrations

Images from around the world as Christians mark Easter Sunday

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 2:49 pm

Kuwait newspapers ordered to close

A Kuwaiti judge orders the temporary closure of two independent newspapers for breaking a news blackout about an alleged plot to topple the emir.

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 2:43 pm

Yemen drone strike kills militants

A drone attack in south Yemen has killed at least three suspected al-Qaeda fighters, defence officials and local tribal chiefs say.

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 8:33 am

Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria

Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts.

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 5:11 am

UN envoy and Israel in access row

The UN envoy to the Middle East accuses Israel of blocking his way to an Easter ceremony in Jerusalem, as Israel questions his judgement.

Posted by on 19 April 2014 | 7:08 pm

Iran condemns US skyscraper seizure

Iran condemns a decision to seize a Manhattan high-rise belonging to a charity and give proceeds from its sale to victims of attacks by Iran-backed militants.

Posted by on 19 April 2014 | 5:05 pm

Car blast kills two in Bahrain

Two people killed and a third severely wounded after the car they were travelling in exploded in a village near Manama.

Posted by on 19 April 2014 | 9:32 am

Anti-Semitic leaflets in Donetsk stir old fears

Donetsk anti-Semitic leaflets may be fakes but stir old fears

Posted by on 19 April 2014 | 9:25 am

Algeria profile

Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 4:02 pm

Obama signs UN envoy visa ban law

President Barack Obama signs into law a measure that would bar entry to any UN ambassador whom the US says has engaged in "terrorist activity", amid a row with Iran.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 3:19 pm

Algeria's president gets fourth term

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, wins a fourth term in office taking more than 81% of the vote.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 11:54 am

Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria

At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 10:49 am

VIDEO: Ester Rada: Israel's rising music star

Israel's latest star and her musical heritage

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 6:32 pm

What makes Jerusalem so holy?

What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 6:18 pm

Syrian children at mercy of attacks

Syria families in fear of randomness of mortar attacks

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 2:29 pm

The Saudi women smoking shishas

Should a woman need a man with her to smoke a hookah?

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 2:26 pm

Iran killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions

Killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions in Iran

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 1:27 pm

A return to Londonistan?

Concern about UK becoming haven for Arab dissidents

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 6:04 pm

Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria

Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 7:10 pm

On a hill, in sight of Europe

Trying to get into Europe from Morocco

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 6:56 pm

AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya

Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 10:39 am

Analysis: Why Assad can have confidence in his survival

Why Syria's president can be confident of his survival

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 9:56 am

VIDEO: Jerusalem's holy sites in 2.5 minutes

Guided tour of Jerusalem's holiest sites in two-and-a-half minutes.

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 6:52 am