Can Iraqis trust their government to rebuild their country?

Whether assistance to repair damages is forthcoming will have a major impact on public trust in the government.

A first for Arab world: Migrant workers to form labour union in Lebanon

Immigrant youth feel less equal in France of equality, fraternity

Gazans celebrate Christmas tinged with sadness

Arts Canteen London presents Attab Haddad: Iraqi oud with a western twist

Morocco fossils: A rare and vanishing treasure

Baghdad takes anti-jihadist war to airwaves

Scottish independence campaigners find support in Palestinian bagpipers

‘Youth Troupe of Yarmuk’ rare ray of light in Syria's refugee camp

Shiite Turkmens in north Iraq stuck in limbo

Blind pupils have passion for football in Mali

World Cup euphoria grips Lebanon

Nostalgia at its height: Syrian refugees recreate home in UAE

Iraq's Arabs and Kurds have no common language

Syria’s displaced boost relaxed Latakia’s economy

Yemen’s qat threatens to exhaust precious water resource

Water crisis looming by end of 21st century

Hajj now and then explored in Paris exhibition

History-rich Baghdad officially world's worst city

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


Is female cycling socially unacceptable in Egypt?

Egyptian female cyclists pedal for acceptance in Cairo where few women dare ride bicycle.

Mobile app for halal foodies, travellers

Singapore-based firm launches free "HalalTrip" app which enables share their experience through social media.

Tourists soaked in Merzouga sands for therapy

Many tourists come not just for sand baths but also for breathtaking sunsets over Merzouga's shifting sand dunes in Moroccan desert.

Gazans turn war remains into art objects

Dabbus finds orders for his creations from Israeli tank shells during seven-week war coming in.

Wall graffiti tells Homs story

Graffiti scrawled by rebels adorns central Syrian city’s gutted storefronts walls riddled with bullets.

History adorns Northern Iraq café walls

Café owner Khalil paints history in wall-to-wall photos, attracting everyone from ordinary citizens to senior politicians in Arbil.

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.