Related stories

Middle East

Syria government 'to give Eid al-Adha ceasefire decision'

The number of casualties in the Syrian conflict has risen sharply in recent months

Syria's government is expected to give its reaction to a ceasefire proposed for this weekend's Eid al-Adha holiday by UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

Mr Brahimi announced on Wednesday that the Syrian government and most opposition groups would back the truce.

Read more ...

The Surprising Truth About Internet Censorship In The Middle East

When it comes to online freedoms around the world, no region has been the subject of more recent scrutiny than has the Middle East.

Read more ...

Clinton 'responsible' on Benghazi

Clinton 'responsible' on BenghaziUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she takes responsibility for the security failure at the Benghazi consulate that led to the killing of four Americans in Libya last month.

Mrs Clinton said ensuring the safety of US diplomatic staff overseas was her job, not that of the White House.

Read more ...

Senegal reality TV show features prettiest sheep

In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, a sheep nuzzles the hand of prizewinning sheep breeder Ousmane Ndiaye as he explains the pedigree of each of his dozen animals, in the sheltered rooftop pens he has specially constructed for them atop his home in the HLM neighborhood of Dakar, Senegal. In a nation where sheep are given names and kept inside homes as companion animals, the most popular show on television is

The street level of Ousmane Ndiaye's building features a fabric shop. He and his family live in a posh apartment on the second floor. Their upstairs neighbors? His beloved ram Billal and 10 other sheep.

Here his animals prance on a sunny outdoor terrace well above the commotion of buses and vendors below, and only rarely use the building's winding staircase.

Read more ...

Slain ex-US Navy Seal Glen Doherty's mother rebukes Romney

Glen DohertyThe mother of an American killed in last month's Libya consulate attack has said his death has been used by the Romney campaign for political purposes.

The Republican presidential nominee has been citing his meeting some years ago with former US Navy Seal Glen Doherty.

His campaign said the candidate would respect Barbara Doherty's wishes and stop mentioning her son.

Read more ...

Who is arming the Syrian conflict?

Syria's shelling of a border town in Turkey has sparked fears that President Bashar al-Assad's attempt to snuff out a rebellion at home could turn into a damaging regional war between the two neighbors.

Read more ...

Exiled Syrian writer honored for 'Diaries' of revolt

For more than three months, Samar Yazbek watched and took notes as the Arab Spring demonstrations in her native Syria were met with bloody force.

Read more ...

Muslim Women Get Naked! Femen’s Topless Tactics and Muslim Women in France

Recently, Femen, the controversial Ukrainian feminist organization, has been established in France. Femen was founded in 2008 to protest sexism, patriarchy and violence while advocating for feminism. Its members became well-known for protesting naked against sexism, trafficking, religious institutions and sex tourism, among others. The group, which has become internationally known, has also been able to gather members in some other countries in Europe.

Read more ...

Google Search and Gmail censored in Iran


Iran has restricted access to Google's email service, Gmail, and search engine.

A firewall already prevents Iranians from accessing many Western sites.

Read more ...

Pakistani TV shows US ads condemning anti-Islam film

Pakistani TV channels are airing an advert showing news clips of US President Barack Obama condemning an anti-Islam film made in the US.

Read more ...