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Migrant labour in Qatar

BBC journalist tells of his arrest in Qatar after filming World Cup labourers

Mark Lobel and his team had been reporting on the condition of migrant labourers ahead of the 2022 World Cup... at the invitation of the Qatari authorities.

Iraq security forces withdraw from Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province,

Isis seizes Ramadi: Massacres reported as Iraq 'sends Iran-backed Shia militias' into Anbar

Iraqi forces reportedly fled as Isis overran the capital of Anbar province

Going underground: two men pictured as part of an art project that explores people and public space in Cairo

How distaste of LGBT people in Egypt has turned into state-sponsored persecution

Bel Trew talks to the people denounced as ‘perverts’, simply for living out their sexual identities

Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi on 14 May

Ramadi: Isis secures largest military victory for almost a year as last government troops flee Iraqi state capital

First major city to fall to Isis since US-led air strikes began last year

Syrian official claims situation is 'fully under control' in historic town of Palmyra following Isis advance

The 2,000-year-old ruins situated to the southwest of Palmyra are one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Middle East

Palestinian Christians travelled to Rome to watch the canonization of two nuns

Pope Francis makes two Palestinian nuns saints

The sisters were known for their work setting up schools for girls and apparitions of the Virgin Mary

Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the police academy during the trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 16 May 2015 in the capital, Cairo.

Six members of militant group linked to Isis executed by Egypt

Six have been executed for an attack on soldiers in 2014

Senior Muslim cleric Qaradawi denounces death sentences against Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders as 'nonsense'

Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi criticised the rulings on himself and others claiming they violated Islamic law

The Queen with King Hamad of Bahrain at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday

Campaigners lose battle to release cable detailing historic UK relations with Bahrain

Court says release of document could damage relations with key Gulf ally

Trains have been left to rust in Tripoli

Despite regional conflict, Lebanon is planning to become a railway powerhouse once again

Amid regional uncertainty Beirut has the chance to revive its steam-age role as a key transit hub

Anti-Iraq war crowds in 2003

We are Many: The new movie teaching us lessons to learn from the 2003 Iraq war protests

With parliamentary opposition in disarray, a new film sheds light on the essential ingredients to achieve protesters’ goals

Transgender Deva Ozenen hopes to become an MP

Deva Ozenen: What it's like to be a transgender election candidate in Turkey

Ozenen faces daily discrimination, reports Zia Weise in Istanbul

Ramadi, after fighting on Friday, was one of the army’s few strongholds

Iraqi army rushes reinforcements into Ramadi to prevent massive Isis victory

Unless the government can counterattack swiftly and regain control of lost positions, the defeat in Ramadi will be a devastating blow

Women are being forced to seek refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan in order to escape the tightening grip of IS

War with Isis: The grim reality of life under the Islamist group in Iraq

In part two of this special series of dispatches, Patrick Cockburn explains how the group is tightening its grip on Fallujah and encouraging people to denounce their neighbours

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaking at the Pentagon on 7 May

Senior Isis commander Abu Sayyaf killed by US special forces during overnight raid on house in Syria

The Pentagon said commandos freed a Yazidi woman kept as a sex slave

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