Features An initiative by women’s rights organizations in Lebanon titled ‘Enough is Enough’ (KAFA Society)

Woman Killings Surge in Lebanon: 21 Wives Killed by Husbands in 2023

“After enduring a decade of suffering with her husband, my sister decided to leave him - and he killed her,” Umm Ali told Asharq Al-Awsat, encapsulating the…

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Features A Palestinian girl carrying a plate of lentil soup provided by volunteers in Rafah. (AFP)

Dead Horses, Scraps, Leaves: Gaza’s Hungry Get Desperate

At the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza, Abu Gibril was so desperate for food to feed his family that he slaughtered two of his horses. “We had no…

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Features Destruction in Gaza caused by Israeli airstrikes (AP)

Economy Another Victim of War in Impoverished Sudan

Before the Sudanese army and paramilitary fighters turned their guns on each other last year, Ahmed used to sell one of Sudan's main exports: gum arabic, a…

Asharq Al Awsat
Features People stand at the memorial site for those killed during the war, near Maidan Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP)

In Third Year of War, Why Ukraine’s Fate Hinges on West

As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, the conflict will be determined not just on the battlefield but also in Western capitals and other places far from…

Features Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen (S), the Prime Minister's husband Bo Tengberg and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attend a memorial ceremony at the Field of Mars at Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv, Friday 23 February 2024. (Ritzau Scanpix/via Reuters)

What Are the Security Deals Ukraine Is Discussing with Allies?

Denmark became the latest NATO member to sign a 10-year agreement on security cooperation with Ukraine on Friday, the eve of the second anniversary of Russia's…

Features Tunisian wheat farmer Hasan Chetoui, who is sowing old wheat varieties that he hopes will produce crops throughout the year, sifts wheat at his farm in Manouba, Tunisia February 15, 2024. REUTERS/Jihed Abidellaoui/ File photo Purchase Licensing Rights

Tunisia Farmer Turns to Old Wheat Varieties as Climate Change Bites

Tunisian wheat farmer Hasan Chetoui is seeking inspiration from the deep past as he tries to adapt to drought caused by climate change, sowing old wheat…

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Features Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Aerospace Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tour an Iranian missile and drone display on September 20. (IRNA)

Iran Sends Russia Hundreds of Ballistic Missiles, Sources Say

Iran has provided Russia with a large number of powerful surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, six sources told Reuters, deepening the military cooperation…

Features A boat cruises along the Tigris river in the center of Baghdad on December 24, 2023. (AFP)

Rampant Water Pollution Threatens Iraq’s Shrinking Rivers 

Stricken by drought and depleted by upstream dams, Iraq's once mighty rivers the Tigris and Euphrates are suffocating under pollutants from sewage to medical…

Features Students are seen at the Faculty of Sharia at Damascus University. (Asharq Al-Awsat file photo)

Syrians Learn Persian, Russian amid Foreign Hegemony over Their Country

“Occupying the language is the shortest way to occupy the mind and consequently, future decision-making. It destroys and erases the identity of societies,”…

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Features Kites are flown over Rafah as smoke billows following Israeli bombardment on Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on February 20, 2024, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AFP)

Palestinians Describe Terrifying and Chaotic Flight from Gaza Hospital

Gunfire echoed around Palestinian medics, patients and displaced people during what they described as a terrifying and chaotic night evacuation from Gaza's…

Features Family members at the graves in Tehran of fighters from the Fatemiyoun Brigade (The New York Times)

Fatemiyoun: Iran’s ‘Overlooked’ Arm in Syria

By Farnaz Fassihi A report published in the New York Times on Monday sheds light on the Fatemiyoun Brigade in Syria, made up of Afghan refugees who joined…

Features A Ukrainian soldier sits in his position in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Aug. 18, 2023. (AP)

A Key Withdrawal Shows Ukraine Doesn’t Have Enough Artillery to Fight Russia 

Dwindling ammunition threatens Ukraine’s hold on the 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) front line under withering assault by Russian artillery. Defensive lines are in…

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Features  Geneva-based doctor Raouf Salti holds 17-month-old Zeina, next to 16-year-old Yussef, both of whom were evacuated from Gaza to Switzerland to receive medical treatment, at Geneva airport, Switzerland, February 12, 2024. (Reuters)

From Gaza to Geneva: Swiss Doctor Evacuates Injured Children

When Swiss doctor Raouf Salti realized he could not go to Gaza to help injured children, he decided he would do everything he could to get them to Geneva to…

Features  Palestinians leave Rafah, in fear of an Israeli military operation, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian group Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip, February 13, 2024. (Reuters)

Some Palestinians Leave Rafah Refuge, Fearing Israeli Assault

Nahla Jarwan fled her home in the central Gaza Strip to seek refuge in Rafah - like more than 1 million other Palestinians escaping Israel's military offensive…

Features Students Shadi (L), Pierre (C) and George study at a cafe in the Syrian capital Damascus on January 30, 2023. (AFP)

Power Cuts in Syrian Capital Drive Workers, Students to Cafes 

Majida has been working from a central Damascus cafe almost every day for a year, depending on it for reliable electricity and wifi in a country plagued by…

Features Sisi and Erdogan meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. (dpa)

How Does Erdogan’s Visit to Cairo Contribute to Developing Relations with Egypt?

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Cairo on Wednesday to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The one-day…

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Features A child looks on as Palestinians inspect a destroyed area following an Israeli airstrike on the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 12 February 2024. (EPA)

‘Hell Falling’: Fear and Grief in Rafah After Deadly Israeli Raid 

Majed al-Afifi was just 40 days old when he was killed, his uncle told AFP in Rafah where Israeli forces bombed multiple homes while rescuing two Gaza hostages…

Features Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani chairs a meeting with top-ranking officials of the Iraqi armed forces and of the US-led coalition during the first round of talks on the future of American and other foreign troops in the country, in Baghdad on January 27, 2024. (AFP)

Iraq after the Al-Aqsa Flood: Iran’s Plan for the Rapid Collapse

On the 27th day of the war on Gaza, something started to happen in Baghdad. The Popular Mobilization Forces began to show footage of an “emergency” meeting…

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Features Palestinian women leave the area of an Israeli air strike in Deir Al Balah town, southern Gaza Strip, 09 February 2024. (EPA)

Palestinian Woman Says She Was Mistreated after Israel Detained Her in Gaza

Israeli soldiers seized Tamam al-Aswad after their tanks crashed through the walls of a Gaza City school where she was sheltering in December, later…

Features A metal barrier as well as a pile of rocks and earth placed by Israeli troops, block the northern entrance to Ramallah, on a road linking the occupied West Bank city to Nablus and other areas, on February 6, 2024. (AFP)

Israeli Checkpoints ‘Paralyze’ West Bank Life as Gaza War Rages

To arrive at work in Jerusalem on time, Murad Khalid must be at the Israeli checkpoint by 3:00 am, despite living nearby in the occupied West Bank -- a…

Features The memorial with an inscription that reads: "Migrants and refugees in whose memory these trees were planted are buried here; we will never forget you and your dreams interrupted in the Drina" is seen at the cemetery in Bijeljina, eastern Bosnia, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. (AP)

Migrants from Africa and Mideast Who Died in Bosnia Get Marble Headstones and a Memorial

In cities along a section of the Drina River, which forms a natural border between Bosnia and Serbia, there are simple, durable gravestones marking the final…

Features Oil pollution has been a growing concern in Syria since the 2011 onset of the war. (AFP)

Oil Slicks Blamed on Turkish Strikes Blight Northeast Syria River 

Farmer Nizar al-Awwad has stopped irrigating his land in northeast Syria from a local river polluted by an oil spill that residents and officials in the…

Features People walk near a school run by UNRWA at Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan February 4, 2024. (Reuters)

What UNRWA Crisis Means for Palestinian Refugees Beyond Gaza 

The prospect of the UN agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) being forced to shut down services by the end of February is deepening despair in refugee camps across…

Features A photo published by the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Media Office shows Al-Sudani meeting with senior officials in the Iraqi Armed Forces and the International Coalition. (AFP)

Washington and Tehran in Iraq... Impossible Enmity or Possible Friendship?

For the first time in two months, a change was observed in the Iraqi political discourse towards both Iran and the United States. Although both Tehran and…

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