The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.
Sofia Boutella rises from the dead in The Mummy.
The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, is the latest manifestation of our centuries old fascination with Egypt. But beneath this obsession is a darker story of looting and destruction.
The Palm Sunday bombings of Coptic churches in Egypt last month once again put Islamic terrorism in the spotlight and left officials wondering what can be done to prevent it.
Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Religious state institutions wanting to address the rhetoric of violence in the name of religion must begin by reforming their relationship with the state.
Local people at Tendaguru (Tanzania) excavation site in 1909 with Giraffatitan fossils.
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Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
An Egyptian Muslim woman holds candles in front of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in tribute to the victims of a bomb attack in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2016.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number – some eight million or so – is of Egypt’s Copts. Here's their story.
Recent attacks on Coptic churches represent a step-up from the sectarian violence of the past few decades.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco, (L) walks with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Morocco has been on a massive diplomatic drive, using both its political and economic muscle. Since his coronation in 1999, the king has led over 40 visits to African countries south of the Sahara.
Not what most Egyptians see when they look out their windows.
The pastiche-style poster art ubiquitous in Egyptian houses and businesses reveals how locals imagine far-off landscapes, idealise nature and define beauty.
Thanks to foreign backing, social impact start-ups led by young entrepreneurs are flourishing in North Africa.
Is Putin the new power broker in the Middle East?
Russia has managed to regain, at least in part, its role as a powerful interlocutor in the Middle East, which it lost after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring a goal at Afcon 2017. He plays his club football in Germany for Borussia Dortmund.
The sheer number of top African footballers playing in foreign leagues is one of the most notable trends of the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament. It has an impact on the African game too.
The aftermath of the December 10 car bomb attack in Istanbul.
Westerners consistently misunderstand and overestimate the threat of terrorism, and often gloss over the specific reasons behind attacks.
A big part of South Africa’s appeal lies in its good weather. Climate change poses a risk to the tourism industry.
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South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
Clinton attending a school event in Luxor in 1999, as First Lady.
Can Hillary Clinton, as a woman president, make a difference to Egyptian women? Her former views on democratisation in Egypt leave doubt int the minds of local observers.
United States Army Heritage and Education Center
There are striking parallels between Eden's handling of Suez and Blair's march into the Iraq War.
The charred interior of the Gabon’s parliament after it was burned in post-election protests in Libreville.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Media freedom activists protest against the draconian Protection of Information Bill in Cape Town, South Africa.
While some African countries have shown an improvement in press freedom and freedom of expression ratings, others, including South Africa, are seeing worrying trends and a drop in rankings.
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement meet at the session of the 17th summit of heads of state and government.
The Non-Aligned Movement member states enjoy cohesion on few issues. Historically, their heterogeneity ranged from absolute monarchs to socialist presidents.
The threat of chemical weapon attacks is on the rise globally.
Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.
A woman in northern Ethiopia feeds her chickens. Bill Gates has estimated that a farmer breeding five hens could generate up to $1,000 a year.
The factors limiting poultry production are similar to those affecting the rest of the agricultural systems.