History-rich Baghdad officially world's worst city

Once an Arab model in 1970s, Iraqi capital is lumped with CAR’s Bangui, Haiti’s Port-au-Prince.

South American ‘mate’ has become local tradition in Lebanon

Untold tragedy of South Sudan's Juba

Why star power and foreign policy don't always mix

In Sudanese tent city, South Sudan remains a promised land

Egypt’s shattered hopes becomes New York’s art

Gun business thriving in Jordan over Syria war fears

Breaking taboos: Syrian young women use bicycles to get around

Donkeys become dustbin men: Fuel crisis makes Gaza a dump but provides work for the poor

Syrian refugees prepare for the worst winter Lebanon sees in a century

From Lebanon’s civil war to Hollywood’s A-list, fashion designer brings her success back home

A taste of Syria: Refugees market their cooking skills in Lebanon

Terrorists target beating heart of Tunisia: Tourism suffers a blow

Saudi activist mocks female driving ban with viral video

More Arab women vie for local office in Israel

Turkey launches first online Islamic sex shop

Lebanese ex-hostage strung along with lies by Syrian captors

Syrian Kurds feel at home in Iraq for Eid al-Adha

From poverty to violence: Yemen child brides sold to abusive men

In electricity-starved Iraq, everyone knows his amps from his watts

Detained without charge: Harsh interrogation under Sudan dictatorship

Despite war, Aleppo schools re-open

Gun seller’s business thriving in Syria's Aleppo

New alcohol law hits Turkish wine sector

Frustration in Baghdad: Traffic ban will not solve anything

Iraqi Kurd nature reserve has inherited violent legacy

‘Ghoul’ re-emerges in Iraq

Moustache transplant business thriving in Istanbul

In Syria, sound of cannon fire doesn’t mean time to break fast

First sea turtle nest spotted at Saadiyat Beach

Untold stories of Iraq war photographers

Cairo’s 6th of October has became Little Syria

Algerian women march in capital to defend ‘haik’

Nargileh culture under threat of becoming history in Turkey

In Syria, the quandary of freelance news coverage

White carpet covers Holy City

Overweight Iraq police under microscope

Art of making perfumes: a craft with long history in Emiratis’ lives

Migrants in Morocco adamant on reaching Spanish shores

Imams learn theology in heart of France


In Tunisia, brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them "virgins" again

Social pressures force women to fake virginityby resorting to hymenoplasty for their wedding night.

Karbala shops opt for English names

Religious business names are being swapped by some shopkeepers for exotic English in Iraq’s Karbala, but not everyone is keen on idea.

Love is in the air for Saudi ‘infidels’

Only a liberal fringe of Saudis actually celebrate Valentine's Day in an ultra-conservative society.

In Morocco, living together outside of marriage is taboo

Unmarried couples brave cohabitation taboo despite facing police harassment, prying eyes of disapproving neighbours.

Black humour helps blockaded Gazans lighten mood

Gazans endure power blackouts with dark humour created by comedy groups, blending satire, social commentary, agitprop.

Baynunah Camel Mazayna a reference for UAE authenticity, heritage

Baynunah event seeks to support, encourage Emirati camel owners to continue legacy of mazaynas.

Centuries of Syria's history destroyed in just two years

World concerns for Syria’s heritage as historic sites are destroyed, ancient pieces looted to be sold in Beirut, Amman markets.

In Lebanon, refugee Syrian children struggle to make ends meet

From begging to shining shoes, Syrian children in Lebanon face physical, sexual abuse.

Damascus revellers try to forget war on their doorstep

Clubbers still head out on town to dance on in bid to forget thunder of outgoing artillery fire in Syrian capital.

Big Brother US widens web surveillance

Closures of US embassies in Middle East, Africa sharpen debate on Internet snooping by US spy agencies.

Iraqis turn to traditional Mheibis game in Ramadan

Iraqi teams brave unabated violence in holy month for face off to be 'lords of the ring' in cafes, on streets.