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)
Moscow will boost Syria's armaments by sending them powerful S-300 missile defense systems, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has said. Moscow claims Israeli jets caused Syrians to shoot down a Russian spy plane.
Mourners gathered in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on Monday for the funerals of the victims of Saturday's terrorist attack. Meanwhile, the US has rejected Iran's claim that it is behind the incident.
A deadly attack on an Iranian military parade demonstrates the country is internally vulnerable. Analysts say the regime is likely to respond with a tougher line at home and in the wider region.
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