In battle for liberation of Mosul, major fear remains that ISIS will carry out horrific atrocities against people it holds hostage in city.
Clinton repeats her pledge to establish no-fly zone in Syria but admits it would not happen on her first day in office.
As Iraqi forces press offensive in Mosul, experts urge Europe to prepare for more battle-hardened jihadists ready to launch attacks at home.
Casualties are expected to be heavy on both sides and much of historic city is expected to be blasted into rubble.
Post-ISIS reality in Mosul will depend on questionable ability ofIraqi authorities to restore stability to region.
Fujairah seeks to carve out energy niche
Jareer Elass - 23/10/2016
Start-up of very large crude carrier berth at Fujairah port marks further step UAE has taken to promote northern emirate as regional oil trading and storage hub.
Palestinians should wake up from ‘peace dreams’, Shaath says
Amr Emam - 23/10/2016
Remnants of bygone times, Egypt’s synagogues suffer neglect
Amr Emam - 23/10/2016
Sending a message of peace through art festival
Jimmy Dabbagh - 23/10/2016
Cairo festival empowers young film-makers
Mohamed Zain - 23/10/2016
News & Analysis
Hariri’s presidential move: Surrender or political realism?
Dalal Saoud - 23/10/2016
It is unclear whether Saudi Arabia gave Hariri its blessing to back Aoun or if he decided to act on his own.
Looking for a president for Lebanon in all the wrong places
Makram Rabah - 23/10/2016
While anti-Iran position does not seem to have changed, much of Hariri initiative indicates that Riyadh no longer objects to Aoun.
A tale of two Aleppos
Moroccan king calls for reform of civil service
Unprecedented infighting divides Algeria’s ruling class
Egypt-Ethiopia tension set to rise
Hassan Abdel Zaher
Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen’s Houthis via Oman: Officials
Yara Bayoumy and Phil Stewart
Kuwait readies for snap election after dissolving parliament
No more job for life for Saudi civil servants
Rob L. Wagner
UNESCO adopts resolution on al-Aqsa mosque
ISIS’s military retreat accompanied by propaganda defeat
Reconstruction costs of damaged Iraqi cities another looming crisis
Gregory Aftandilian - 23/10/2016
As for Mosul, reports have indicated that ISIS is busy installing improvised explosive devices and other booby-traps to make street-to-street fighting very costly for Iraqi government forces, their allies.
Lebanon’s economic hurdles mount
Abdel-Rahman Ayas - 23/10/2016
International community is pressuring Lebanon to introduce further reforms to its financial laws or face restrictions but political deadlock makes chances of progress slim.