Saudi Arabia bans 50 blasphemous, royal and foreign baby names

One-Minute Read Sun 16 Mar, AT 10:05

Kingdom makes naming of babies much easier after eliminating options such as Alice, Linda and Binyamin

Four truths about the Syrian regime – as exposed by nuns

Fri 14 Mar, AT 08:41 Venetia Rainey

For a start, we now know Bashar Assad’s regime does detain children. But there’s more…

Lockerbie bombing

Lockerbie bombing: has the truth finally been revealed?

Briefing Tue 11 Mar, AT 11:28

Former Iranian intelligence officer claims Iran was behind the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster, not Libya

Ultra-orthodox Jewish protestors

Israeli ultra-orthodox protest against army draft

One-Minute Read Mon 3 Mar, AT 14:37

Israeli government plans to enlist 5,200 ultra-orthodox Jews – previously exempt from the draft – by mid-2017

Moazzam Begg charged with Syria terror offences

One-Minute Read Sat 1 Mar, AT 08:09

British Guantanamo detainee arrested last week charged with providing terrorist training in Syria

Gold bars

Dubai gold refinery paid '$5bn in cash and dealt with Congo'

First Reaction Wed 26 Feb, AT 13:54

Whistleblower accuses the Middle East's largest refinery of failing to carry out proper checks

Secret weapon behind Chuck Hagel’s plan to shrink US army

Tue 25 Feb, AT 12:58 Crispin Black

It’s oil. Self-sufficient in energy because of shale oil, the US no longer needs to fret about the sheiks

Egypt's government in 'shock' resignation, paving way for Sisi

One-Minute Read Mon 24 Feb, AT 13:05

Armed forces chief, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, widely expected to become president

Egypt: journalists in court on 'absurd' terrorism charges

One-Minute Read Thu 20 Feb, AT 14:08

Al Jazeera accused of being a 'mouthpiece of Islamists' as terrorism trial gets underway

Lebanon's war with al-Qaeda: is it a losing battle?

Thu 20 Feb, AT 08:41 Venetia Rainey

Hezbollah is not the perpetrator but the target because of its decision to fight alongside Assad in Syria

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