Our studio guest this week is Gabi Kratochwil, an expert on Islamic Studies.
The Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders are meeting to chart military and political strategy in Syria. It comes as the divided Syrian opposition meets in Riyadh to bridge differences ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
While the "Islamic State" (IS) has lost most of its cities in Iraq and Syria, thousands of Yazidis it kidnapped are still missing. Activists say some are being hidden within IS families. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil.
Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to enter sports areas for the first time starting next year, officials have announced. The landmark move is the latest step towards social reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Yemen's catastrophic famine shows how disastrous the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is for the entire Middle East, says guest commentator Rainer Hermann from Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
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