In 2008, Iran banned all pop music. But a recent female solo performance signals growing freedom in a country where heavy metal musicians have been told to stay seated on stage.
The sentencing of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for killing a police officer has drawn international criticism and rocked the town of Mattay. What happened on that night?
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced his long-expected candidacy for president yesterday. He is wildly popular now, but Egypt's myriad problems could knock him down.
Today's ruling follows the first mass trial of Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The defendants were convicted of attacking a police station in what was a three day trial.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed the idea, which could make implementation of a two-state solution more feasible. But some say it's a recipe for friction.
One of North Africa's oldest communities, the Amazigh, are speaking up after decades of being banned from even teaching their language under Muammar Qaddafi.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan vowed to 'eradicate' Twitter after damaging leaks against him were disseminated on the platform.
Under Hassan Rouhani, Iran is developing a more open media climate in which reformist reporters no longer fear for their lives.
In 2000, only 12 percent of Beit Jann’s students passed Israel's national exam. A determined principal and innovative nonprofit have brought that figure to 100 percent.
Diplomats threw up their hands in despair after a meeting last week to discuss how to pull Libya out of its stalled transition.
Paul Salopek, the man behind the Out of Eden project, walked into Jerusalem recently and talked with the Monitor about his epic adventure circumnavigating the world.
Strict application of the law got Ahmed Ezz, Hosni Mubarak's right-hand man, out of jail. But for thousands of faceless protesters, the law means little.
The death of a teenager injured by Turkey's police during last May's antigovernment protests has reignited unrest only weeks ahead of nationwide elections.
In the last year, more than 220 Syrians have been treated at Israel’s expense at the Nahariya hospital.
Lawmakers ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in a no-confidence vote today. His departure is unlikely to resolve Libya's deep-seated security and economic problems.
Syrian nuns kidnapped by Islamist rebels were released overnight. Extremist groups in northern Syria have forced Christians to pay a fee for being non-Muslim.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who met today with the European Union's top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, has made some changes, but the threat of a reversal still looms, say Iran experts.
The death of an Istanbul homeless man illustrates to a Monitor correspondent the precariousness of life on the fringe of a city growing by leaps and bounds.
With last night's extradition, Libya now has two sons of late dictator Muammar Qaddafi in custody. But its judicial system seems ill-prepared to dispense justice.
The case against three Al Jazeera English journalists accused of having terrorism links has elicited international outrage. Today, prosectors presented evidence publicly for the first time.