Tempers fray in Beirut.
Lebanon's garbage protests are spiralling out of control. Where will it end?
The Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is home to thousands of the nine million refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria.
Australia should keep out of the Syrian conflict. Instead, it should respect the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of disputes by promoting a diplomatic end.
Residents of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip watch a parade by the military wing of Hamas to mark the anniversary of the war with Israel.
Although Hamas also wants a return to normalcy in the Gaza Strip, it is potentially a double-edged sword for the movement.
US forces have been making targeted airstrikes over Syria since late 2014.
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Australian air attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria would not be definitely legal but not definitely illegal.
Not so secure.
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Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate has been terrorising the Sinai Peninsula for months – and now it's upping the ante.
Greater Australian air commitment to the campaign against Islamic State is a low-risk venture, militarily.
While symoblic, an increase in Australian firepower in the fight against Islamic State in Syria will not greatly affect the battlespace's fundamental reality.
Palestinian workers on the West Bank.
Israeli employers have always had a complicated relationship with Palestinian workers – and it's getting worse.
Houthi followers in Sanaa rally against the Saudi offensive.
After decades of caution and under-the-radar meddling, Saudi Arabia launched an all-out war in Yemen. Big mistake.
Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adaweya Square before and after the August 14 massacre of more than 800 peaceful protesters in 2013.
Two years ago, on August 14, more than 800 protesters against a coup were massacred in Cairo. A court recently upheld the death sentence for Egypt's ousted elected leader.
Not all of Iran’s frozen foreign assets are likely to thaw anytime soon.
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Estimates of how much of Iran's frozen assets it will get once sanctions are lifted vary widely, but the sum is most likely just a fraction of the total.
The use of Incirlik airbase by Turkish warplanes launching attacks across the border and its re-opening to the US Airforce reflect the domestic and international goals of Turkey’s campaign.
What prompted Turkey's punishing campaign against both Islamic State and Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria? The explanation for this sharp reversal of policy may lie in calculations for fresh elections.
Saudi Arabia has been careful not to appear overly oppressive of groups like Islamic State for fear of antagonising its own constituents.
Saudi citizens supporting Islamic State are not the result of a coherent plan directed by its rulers, but the overflow of a long-standing system used to maintain its domestic legitimacy.
Turkish troops patrol the Syrian border as airstrikes begin.
After months of pressure, the coalition against IS has a new team member. But what are its real motives?
Iraq has been fraying for decades.
Attempts to build a nation out of Iraq have failed spectacularly. Why is everyone still so intent on keeping it together?
Ka-ching! The sound most countries heard when news of the nuclear deal with Iran broke.
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Most countries welcomed the deal as they jockey to boost trade with the Islamic Republic and gain from the eventual end of sanctions.
Increased oil and gas revenues amid lifted sanctions are set to raise Iran’s economic fortunes, which ease Middle Eastern tensions.
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Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal say it raises the nuclear weapons threat in the region. But Middle East tensions are actually likely to ease as Iran grows richer without being shackled by sanctions.
Taking a look at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant.
Iran's path back to nuclear acceptability is now set out. Let the real work begin.
So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
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Endless spats over tactics, style and aims drove Islamic State away from al-Qaeda – and the two are deadly enemies to this day.
Faced with the catastrophe in Yemen, too many prefer to look away.
There's a massive war going on at the tip of the Arabian peninsula – but you'd hardly know it.