A Peshmerga fighter in Northern Iraq

Mount Sinjar: Islamic State siege 'broken' by Kurdish forces

One-Minute Read Fri 19 Dec, AT 10:06

Peshmerga fighters say they have defeated IS militants on Mount Sinjar, freeing thousands of trapped Yazidis

Columnist Venetia Rainey

Peace in our time? 2014 could prove a Middle East watershed

Thu 18 Dec, AT 17:22 Venetia Rainey

Hamas removed from terror blacklist, Palestinian state recognised by EU – 17 December was a big day

EU takes Hamas off terrorist blacklist

One-Minute Read Wed 17 Dec, AT 14:54

Hamas welcomes ruling as a 'correction of injustice', but Israel calls for an immediate reversal

Pakistan school attack: at least 135 students and teachers dead

One-Minute Read Tue 16 Dec, AT 15:21

Taliban militants also killed, and Pakistani officials say the attack on a military school in Peshawar is over

CIA torture report: how did the Middle Eastern press react?

First Reaction Wed 10 Dec, AT 16:22

It provoked soul-searching in Britain and the US, but many Arabic news sources ignored the report

Iranian couple

'White marriages': Iran's cohabiting couples defy Sharia law

Talking Point Wed 10 Dec, AT 15:00

Clerics promise a crackdown on 'shameful' couples fighting for freedom and independence by moving in together

Columnist Venetia Rainey

Capture of IS chief’s ex-wife a coup for fragile Lebanon

Fri 5 Dec, AT 10:59 Venetia Rainey

But while West is keen to help Lebanese take on IS, donor fatigue means Syrian refugees will go hungry

Iran to execute blogger over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

One-Minute Read Wed 3 Dec, AT 16:12

Human rights groups say Soheil Arabi's execution is 'imminent' and appeals to a Tehran court for amnesty

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli cabinet collapse triggers early election

One-Minute Read Wed 3 Dec, AT 13:09

Israeli prime minister fires two ministers sending Israel to the polls just two years after the last election

Iranian jet fighters

Iran bombs Islamic State in Iraq and blames US for unrest

One-Minute Read Wed 3 Dec, AT 09:59

Pentagon confirms Tehran air strikes against IS but dismisses talk of co-operation

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