One government solution to the squalor overtaking Cairo, home to 20 million, is simple: just leave. As ministries and the wealthy prepare to abandon the city for a fresh start, many see this as a sign of President el-Sisi's cronyism and lack of accountability.
Saudi Arabia's top prosector announced at a press conference he will seek the death penalty for five suspects charged with orchestrating the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. The prosecutor stated the killing was a spontaneous action and not premeditated.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Nov. 14 sending Israel's coalition government into a tailspin. Prime Minister Netanyahu insists the cease-fire deal with Gaza militants is best for Israel's long-term security.
With the campaign against the Islamic State effectively over, Iraqi militias created for combat are being re-directed for political purposes. In Iraq's parliament, a growing bloc of politicians with ties to Iran is emerging.
Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are now engaged in the worst series of fighting since 2014. A botched Israeli undercover mission in Gaza over the weekend led to the resumption of rocket attacks in southern Israel.
From colorful rugs to the latest industrial tools, Iranian manufacturers at the Baghdad International Fair in Iraq worked to find new export customers. But companies who do business with Iran cannot also do business with the United States.
In Iran, fallout from US sanctions have been devastating: Its currency has plummeted, while the prices of everyday goods continue to soar. President Hassan Rouhani has reacted by escalating his rhetoric toward the US, warning that Iran is in a "war situation."
Plans for Marota City, an investment project in Damascus, features luxury high-rises and shopping centers. Many developments are under way in former rebel-held areas but critics of President Bashar Assad believe the rebuilding projects are politically motivated.
Istanbul's chief prosecutor asserts Saudi Arabia strangled and dismembered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Calling for the extradition of 18 Saudi nationals, Turkey insists that the Kingdom is deflecting accountability.
The formerly discrete nature of Israel-Gulf relations has become increasingly public, from the United Arab Emirates to Oman. Countering Iranian influence and a stagnation in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is emerging as a priority in the region.
After suffering under an Islamic State regime where no music and little culture was tolerated, Mosul, Iraq, is slowly regaining its artistic roots after its liberation by Iraqi-US forces in 2017. Today, a community of artists and activists is breathing life into the city's cultural exchange.
Millions of people from all over the world are making the pilgrimage to the Iraqi city of Karbala. The pilgrimage, described as a "walk to heaven" by one traveler, is the first since Iraq's government declared victory over the Islamic State group in January.
The renewal of US sanctions against Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon is starting to be felt across the so-called 'Axis of Resistance', especially as Tehran reels from deep economic woes.
Jumpei Yasuda was held hostage for 40 months by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria before finally being released on Oct. 24. His kidnapping underscores a worrying trend of journalists being taken captive in the Middle East.
A report released by the Human Rights Watch on Oct. 23 accuses both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas of suppressing dissent in the West Bank and Gaza respectively through arbitrary arrests and torture.