To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law -- particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.
May 20, 2018
Iran said Wednesday that new US sanctions on its central bank governor would only make Iranians "more determined, patient and resistant than ever".
May 16, 2018
Digital printing to continue growing in market share from other traditional technologies
May 15, 2018
The move follows the launch earlier this month of a $35-billion drive to turn Saudi Arabia into a culture and entertainment hub by 2020.
May 14, 2018
Iran finds itself in a tricky balancing act as it weighs a response to US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a landmark nuclear deal.
May 09, 2018
Saudi Arabia's air defences intercepted two ballistic missiles over the capital Riyadh on Wednesday, state television Al-Ekhbariya said.
May 09, 2018
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would launch cross-border offensives, like previous military operations in Syria, in the "new era" after snap polls on June 24.
May 07, 2018
"Trump must know that our people are united, the Zionist regime (Israel) must know that our people are united," Rouhani said.
May 07, 2018
Missile strikes on central Syria killed 26 pro-regime fighters, most of them Iranians, a monitor said Monday, in a raid that bore the hallmarks of Tehran's archfoe Israel.
May 01, 2018
Iran's judiciary on Monday banned the hugely popular Telegram messaging app, which the authorities have accused of allowing armed opposition groups to fuel unrest.
May 01, 2018
"Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people since the beginning of 2018," the US-based rights group said in a report published late Wednesday.
April 26, 2018
More than 1,300 associations and foundations have been shut down under the measures.
April 26, 2018
Sammad's death is a major blow to the Shiite rebels who have been fighting forces of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
April 24, 2018
Saudis currently splurge billions of dollars annually to see films and visit amusement parks in neighbouring tourist hubs like Dubai and Bahrain.
April 24, 2018
The memorial is set to become a major cultural landmark where international visitors can learn about Emirati culture and heritage
April 23, 2018
Saudi forces shot down an unidentified toy drone that hovered over a Riyadh neighbourhood home to royal palaces, state media said, prompting a security alarm in the capital.
April 22, 2018
Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to "fix" the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.
April 22, 2018
The United States, France and Britain have accused Assad's regime of carrying out the suspected chemical attack, but Russia and Syria deny toxic gas was used in Douma.
April 19, 2018
Saudi Arabia hopes to bring Russia into the fold of an expanded club of global oil giants to sustain a stable market, leaving OPEC's role in question, analysts say.
April 19, 2018
A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Huthi rebels warned them Monday of a "painful" response if they mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.
April 17, 2018
Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, the state news agency said Tuesday, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.
April 17, 2018
The US-led strikes were the biggest international attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the start of Syria's seven-year war.
April 16, 2018
His comments follow the Council's failure to agree on a response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria's rebel-held Douma over the weekend that has triggered global fury.
April 12, 2018
A huge blast killed at least 13 civilians in Syria's northwestern jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday, a monitor said, as an AFP reporter said it wrecked a multi-storey building.
April 10, 2018
Iran took the drastic step of fixing the rate of its currency against the dollar on Tuesday in a bid to arrest a slide that has seen it fall by a third in six months.
April 10, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the United States would regret withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond in "less than a week" if that happened.
April 09, 2018
New regime air strikes hit the last rebel pocket Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, a monitor said, despite reports the fighters had struck a ceasefire deal with regime ally Russia.
April 08, 2018
The deal will see Russian military police enter Douma and government institutions return to the town, the monitor said.
April 02, 2018
Syrian regime ally Russia struck a deal with rebels to evacuate hundreds of civilians from Douma, the final opposition pocket in their former bastion of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said.
April 01, 2018
A source at the Ibn Sina military hospital in Mukalla confirmed that 10 soldiers had been pronounced dead after the attack.
March 29, 2018