It was by accident, not by design, that the UK avoided being drawn into the sectarian vortex of Syria.
The Afghan presidential election has been declared a success – but as the west finalises its pull-out, what the country's prospects?
President Assad’s Instagram account is one of the more surreal examples of the use of social networking in the Syrian war.
Several Egyptian TV channels yesterday welcomed the sentencing to death of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in a flawed two-day trial. Are Egyptians sleepwalking into one of the darkest chapters in their recent political history?
The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
For Syrians, the war on bread began a long time ago. Long before the siege of Yarmouk, before last week’s abortive evacuation of Homs, before the war even began, the regime’s neoliberal economic “reforms” left thousands of Syrians living on nothing but bread and tea.
Syrian peace talks are promising, but much will need to be agreed (and a few Gordian Knots sliced) before there can be a lasting peace.
The Aipac lobby group is famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line – but is its influence waning?
A US apology will not bring back the thousands of dead Iraqis, but at least it will amount to an acceptance of moral responsibility.
At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Top lawyers say they have evidence that the Syrian government is responsible for crimes against humanity, but will these latest findings influence tomorrow's peace talks?
Egyptians are expected to vote “yes” in a referendum on their new constitution. This will prove a big mistake.
WHO's response to Syria's polio outbreak, and its close relationship with the Syrian government, have been called into question.
The military leadership is trying to extinguish protest from both Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the liberals who helped overthrow President Mubarak. Will they succeed?
Violence, hunger and disease have become facts of life for millions. More can be done to alleviate their suffering, and more must be done.
Amnesty International condemns Europe's failure to resettle Syrian refugees.
Experts have raised doubts over a shocking image, used by the Times, purporting to show a foetus which has been shot in the womb.
A nuclear Iran will destabilise the Middle East and maybe push Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries into a nuclear arms race. Oil supplies might be threatened. Yet Israel, though always capable of defending itself, shouldn’t be taking a seat in the firs
Israel calls Hassan Rowhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” – but is the new president of the Islamic Republic the west’s best hope of détente?
Nad-e Ali's most senior politician, Mohammad Ibrahim, knows that the consequence of pushing too hard for change could be a Taliban resurgence. Striking this balance would be a challenge for a political veteran but Ibrahim is only 29 years old.
The kidnap of Libya's prime minister, Ali Zeidan, is a warning that Western powers need to do more to support the revolution they helped bring about.
The decision to launch a terrorist attack abroad might reflect its inability to mount a successful offensive against African Union troops on the ground but it is also a mark of al-Shabab’s enduring strength.
Health care is being hampered by those involved in the conflict because of the Assad regime’s willingness to target doctors and hospitals.
A successful campaign by Saudi women to defy a driving ban provokes one odd pseudo-scientific response.
What factors will really affect the outcome of negotiations between the US and Iran?
A Syrian surgeon describes his struggles to treat the wounded in Homs and calls on the international community to intervene.
Under the deal brokered by the US and Russia in response to the Ghouta attack, Syria has pledged to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by 2014. But how will this work, and how much will it cost?
While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?