Syria's state broadcaster paints a very rosy picture of day-to-day life in the country - and seems to have even deceived itself with it. How else to explain its staggeringly ill-conceived #SummerInSyria campaign?
"Islamic State" fighters are assaulting Kurdish forces holding the Syrian city of Kobani, a monitoring group has said. The Islamist militia reportedly launched the attack with a suicide bombing near the Turkish border. (25.06.2015)
Welthungerhilfe's mission is actually the long-term fight against world hunger, but the Syrian crisis has led the NGO to rethink that mission. It says the situation there is a humanitarian catastrophe. (23.06.2015)
Doctors and patients in Egypt turn to Facebook to expose the horrific conditions of government-run hospitals by anonymously sharing pictures. Warning: some of the content is graphic. (21.06.2015)
A new social media campaign has been launched to raise the plight of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. It's hoped the movement will "open people's eyes," says the movement's leader Nathan Newman. (01.06.2015)
Local media have reported all 66 passengers on board a plane that crashed in the town of Semirom in the Zagros Mountains have died. An official said "all emergency services are on alert."
Israel forces have killed two Palestinian teenagers in a Gaza Strip offensive that targeted 18 sites. The strikes occurred after four soldiers were injured in an explosion along the border with the Gaza Strip.
Turkey says it has "never used chemical weapons" after claims it used a toxic gas during an offensive in Afrin, Syria. Local doctors had been quoted as saying they treated people for exposure to chemical gases.
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