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Ahrar al-Sham to stay away from Syria peace talks

18 January, 2017

Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year-old war.

Trump on Syria

18 January, 2017

Blog: A few of The Donald's thoughts on the six-year civil war and world's most significant humanitarian disaster...

Iraqi military recapture 'whole' of eastern Mosul

18 January, 2017

Staff General Talib al-Sheghati says the left bank of the Tigris River that divides the city has been 'liberated' and that 'normal life' will return to the saved areas soon.

Tiran and Sanafir: Turning the political tide for Sisi?

17 January, 2017

Comment: The honeymoon is over for the Egyptian president, and his support may ebb away in the wake of the islands debacle, writes Robert Springborg.

Obama's drone war: Ten times more strikes than Bush

17 January, 2017

Investigation: Obama may have won the Nobel peace prize, but escalated the drone warfare programme to unprecedented levels, reports Jessica Purkis and Jack Searle.

Welcome back, OPEC

17 January, 2017

Analysis: Two years of squabbling over plunging prices almost disbanded the oil cartel, but after several non-OPEC countries got on board to limit production, OPEC's back in the game.

Palm Springs presents cinema a world away from Hollywood

17 January, 2017

Society: The annual international film festival is only 100 miles from Western cinema's iconic home, but offers delights from around the globe, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Nearly 150,000 left homeless in Iraq's battle for Mosul

17 January, 2017

The massive Iraqi military operation to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group has made more than 148,000 people homeless.

Kurds in Iraq, Syria, outsource captured cities to militias

17 January, 2017

Analysis: Control of towns in Iraq and Syria is likely to be handed over from armed Kurdish groups to local affiliated franchises in exchange for their withdrawal, writes Paul Iddon.

Saudi Arabia 'optimistic' over Trump stance on Iran

17 January, 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he was positive about the way the incoming US administration wanted to restore US influence in the world, contain Iran, and fight IS.

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