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)
As Europe, under pressure from US President Donald Trump, seeks solutions to take back its citizens drawn to the "Islamic State" (IS) group, the Shammar tribe in northern Syria is re-integrating former IS members.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled a new cruise missile capable semi-heavy submarine. The launch comes as tensions simmer with Washington and the EU over Iran's ballistic missile program.
Iranian state TV did not broadcast a Bundesliga soccer match because of the presence of a woman as referee, media say. The Islamic country censors the showing of women in "revealing" clothes such as football shorts.
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