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What Karbala means to Shias and Sunnis
The leader of the Lebanese Shia militant Hezbollah movement promises his supporters victory in Syria, saying Sunni rebels pose a threat to Lebanon.
Rebel positions in Qusair in western Syria come under heavy shelling as government troops step up their offensive to recapture the strategic town.
Amid dismay at Egypt's political direction and pessimism about the state of the economy, thousands of Egyptians are choosing to move abroad.
Motorists in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of driving cars, which uses only two wheels.
Syria's main opposition coalition says it is willing to attend an peace conference next month only if President Bashar al-Assad agrees to step down.
Iran's voters have little choice as conservatives dominate
The mortuary that symbolises Egypt's post-revolutionary chaos
Could Guantanamo's Yemenis soon be released?
Aleem Maqbool visits the Imam Hussein Mosque in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the site of a holy pilgrimage for Shia Muslims.
The UK government's response to claims that British troops abused and unlawfully killed civilians in Iraq is inadequate, the High Court rules, but it stops short of ordering a public inquiry.
Tens of thousands of Bahrainis participated in a sit-in on Friday in protest at a raid on a senior Shia cleric's home.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says "hard decisions" will be needed for peace after two days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June.
Election campaigning is under way in Iran after the Guardian Council approved eight candidates, all considered conservatives.
Iraq appears to be slipping back into mire of sectarian killings
President Obama defends the use of drones as a "just war" of self-defence against deadly militants, and a campaign that has made America safer.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warns his country is in danger of increased violence resulting from the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs.
Hezbollah's support for Assad hardens European attitudes