The capitals of Iraq and Iran were both ignited by two local derbies, which brought more than just football to stadiums packed with tens of thousands of raucous fans.
Morocco's religious authorities have ruled that people who leave Islam should not be punished with the death penalty, reversing its previous ruling on apostasy.
Defeated President Yahya Jammeh has been told to cede power or face military action by a UN-backed regional force now massing inside the country having crossed from Senegal on Thursday
In-depth: Nouakchott's diplomats seek to balance economic relations with Algeria and Morocco while becoming a hub for strategic dialogue.
For journalists in the Gulf region, 2016 was a grim one with press freedoms curtailed and financial woes from low oil prices biting the Middle East's wealthiest nations.
Comment: Morocco's foreign ministry should coordinate with its Mauritanian counterpart to reopen communication channels between the two countries, writes Samir Bennis
Salaheddine Lemaizi reports from the corridors of the ‘blue zone’, the part of the COP22 village reserved for officials.
An activist group to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Western Sahara has turned online after its activities were banned in Gaza.
Or is it all a miscalculated adventure? Habibulah Lamin explores the legacy of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
Ten Mauritanian anti-slavery activists were on Friday handed their freedom in a partial appeal court victory that left three of their fellow accused in jail.