An Egyptian farmer tries to irrigate his land with water from a well.
Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
Modern desalination plant on the shores of the Arabian Gulf where the most desalinated water is produced.
Desalination has been proposed as one of many strategies to deal with the water shortages. But the process is known to be expensive and harmful to the environment.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State.
The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
What caused the latest crisis at the world's most explosive piece of real estate, and could it happen again?
The international law on arms transfers is clear: suppliers are at least partly accountable for recipients' human rights violations.
Survey data shows that Iraqis of all sectarian stripes agree on what's wrong with their country.
One of Israel's most controversial leaders, Benjamin Netanyahu is making the most of a chance to fly under the radar.
The Al Jazeera Media Network headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
When the network launched in 1996, it radically changed the media landscape of the Arab world. Two decades later, some regimes are still seething.
The deal will give a much-needed boost to Iran's economy and lend important support to Rouhani's government.
Vexed argument in the Labor Party about relations with Israel is set to come to a head at the conference later this month of the party’s dominant New South Wales branch. Barring the successful intervention…
US-backed forces in Iraq and in Syria are in the process of rooting Islamic State (IS) fighters out of their strongholds in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. In the case of Mosul in Iraq, the removal of…
The Middle East could be witnessing a foreign policy misfire of epic proportions.
EPA/US Navy/Christopher Lindahl
Donald Trump's predecessor once made an empty threat against Bashar al-Assad – and it didn't end well.
A handout aerial image made available by the Combined Joint Task Force shows the destroyed remains of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri.
EPA/Combined Joint Task Force Handout
The destruction of the al-Nuri Mosque and its minaret is a sad blow to Iraqi culture – and a rallying cry too.
Ishtar (on right) comes to Sargon, who would later become one of the great kings of Mesopotamia.
Edwin J. Prittie, The story of the greatest nations, 1913
Love, it is said, is a battlefield, and it was no more so than for the first goddess of love and war, Ishtar. Her legend has influenced cultural archetypes from Aphrodite to Wonder Woman.
Arab Spring protesters were often below 24 years old. Cairo January 28, 2011. R.
A certain combination of demographics and corruption can lead to political upheaval.
What's so 'brotherly' about a major diplomatic spat?
EPA/Yousseff Rabie Yousseff
The sustained assault on IS's two main strongholds could be followed by years of local and global insurgency.
Recent Tunis protests.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Iranian policemen at the parliament building in Tehran, June 7.
The world's response to two terrorist incidents in Iran was telling, and ominous.