Low oil prices have forced the Saudi government to make heavy spending cuts – leading to a decline in consumer spending
Long off the tourist map, Iran is back in business for travellers, thanks to a restored air link
Moti Dotan has since apologised, claiming the comment was a 'slip of the tongue'
The 15 countries with the worst reputation in the world have been announced by the Reputation Insitute in its annual RepTrak index.
There are no ‘good guys’ among the Syrian warlords yet, despite all the evidence, we want to find them. It's time to stop lying to the people of the Middle East
Prominent British Asians have a cultural history of debunking stereotypes by hyperbolically playing up to them in public spaces
'The presence of troops acted as a lighting rod for local resistance,' says a former British soldier who fought in Afghanistan
Death row prisoner denies taking part in any violence and claims his confession was extracted under torture
The Israelis have never revealed their secret. Nor has the present Canadian Government, under the more politically neutral Justin Trudeau, restored the Canadian investigation report to its website
The 'official' record was 56.7C on 10 July 1913 at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, but many doubt that reading was accurate
Isis will gain from the anti-American mood post-coup because the Government – and much of the population – are convinced that the US was implicated in the attempt
'Saudi Arabia is out of step with a global trend of states moving away from the death penalty', says Amnesty International
Once considered one of the more liberal Arab monarchies, Bahrain is turning into a police state as vicious and arbitrary as Egypt
Professional weight lifter Sajad Gharibi, also known as the Persian Hercules, says he wants to become a soldier and plans to start training
There was confusion and muddle and serious miscalculations. Most of the big mistakes were made by politicians in London who got bees in their bonnet about the Middle East, ignored or excluded the experts, and, perhaps their most besetting sin, failed to think policy through
Every key event from 11 September 2001 to the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry this week