A fire at the site of a peace gate in Belfast during the unrest.
Loyalist groups stand accused of encouraging young people to riot. Research suggests paramilitary groups do continue to wield significant power in certain areas of Northern Ireland.
Anger in Beirut after two explosions on August 4 killed more than 200 people and injured more than 7,000.
How can the international community help Lebanon's people not its power-sharing regime?
Women have been at the forefront of Lebanon’s anti-government protests.
A power-sharing agreement that shares power between Lebanon's different sectarian communities is no longer fit for purpose.
Protests in Sahel al-Nour in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Photo courtersy of Omar El Imadi
Site of some of the most iconic images from the ongoing protests, Lebanon's second largest city, Tripoli is a place of contrasts and extremes.
Why the armed group, Hezbollah, doesn't want ongoing protests to upset the ruling coalition in Lebanon.
Lebanese protesters formed a 105-mile human chain connecting geographically and religiously diverse cities across the country, Oct. 27. 2019.
AP Photo/Bilal Hussein
Lebanon's 1989 peace deal ended a civil war by sharing political power between religious factions. That created a society profoundly divided by religion – something today's protesters hope to change.
Iraq's 2005 constitution created a flawed political system built on sectarianism.
The debacle has highlighted the negative image which unionism must lay to rest for good or face extinction.
Brendan Rodgers left Celtic at a crucial point in their campaign to win the ‘treble treble’.
Compared to its English neighbour, Scotland is a much more complex case, and it's all about history – and money.
Family members of Sunni men and boys in Iraq accused of supporting ISIS hold up pictures of their arrested relatives.
AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo
Iraq beat the Islamic State. Now, its Shia government is jailing and even executing all suspected terrorists – most of them Sunni Muslims. The clampdown may inflame a centuries-old sectarian divide.
The newly nominated secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is a foreign policy hawk who opposes the Iran nuclear deal. Scrapping it could unleash a chain reaction of violence across the Middle East.
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Trump's pick to lead the State Department believes Iran is 'intent on destroying America.' But ending the Iran nuclear deal could unleash a violent chain reaction, a Mideast scholar says.
John and Helen Haynes on their wedding day in 1962. John, a Protestant, was cut out of three wills after marrying Helen, a Catholic.
Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide.
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Until 1970s the Catholic-Protestant divide was deeply entrenched in Australia. On this episode of Trust Me, I'm An Expert, journalism academic Siobhan McHugh shares stories of those who married across it.
What started as an anti-Catholic sectarian celebration is now a harmless festival to provide light and warmth on a winter's night.
Read it and weep: the constitution in draft form, 2005.
A decade and a half after it was invaded in the name of spreading democracy, Iraq turns out to have been set up to fail.
Recent attacks on Coptic churches represent a step-up from the sectarian violence of the past few decades.
The effort to take back IS's biggest prize in Iraq has begun at last. But there's no shortage of other problems to deal with.
Tributes left to murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.
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Two murders in 2016 shine a spotlight on divisions within British Muslim communities.
With one of the world's heaviest refugee burdens and a government incapable of governing, Lebanon is very much on the edge.
Northern Ireland's old sectarian divides aren't as stark as they were – but old enemies are coming together in a war fought on sexual fronts.
Onward and upward: Newly-elected Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi.
During his recent unannounced visit to Baghdad the US secretary of state John Kerry mentioned that “a new and inclusive Iraqi government has to be the engine of our global strategy” against Islamic State…