News & Politics

We scoop up the latest news buzzing all over the world – from breaking stories to behind-the-scenes analysis, above-the-fold headlines to offbeat news, we’ve got you covered in the region and beyond.

Discovering MENA: An “Arab Autumn” in Kuwait?

Kuwait is known by some as the “most democratic country in the Gulf”, which is not a lot to say, but at least means something when you talk about authoritarian/autocratic regimes like the ones installed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain… Kuwait is a tiny oil-rich country where both freedom of press, freedom of assembly and […]

Maria’s Note: Afghanistan Presidential Election

A Senior official of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission has announced on Tuesday that the country expects to hold its next presidential elections in April 2014, almost coinciding with the withdrawal of the International troops from the country. After this step, one year after a new president takes power, the legislative election are scheduled to take […]

Saudi Women Lawyers Allowed in Court

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month, according to the Saudi Justice Ministry. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the four-day Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha in late October, will apply […]

Hurricane Sandy

As the East coast wakes up to evaluate the path of destruction that Hurricane Sandy has left, the evidence and photos seem to prove that this was one Tropical storm not to be messed with. From power cuts, leaving more than 6 million people in the dark, to destroyed buildings, fallen trees and an increasing […]

Egypt’s Copts Select 3 Finalists in Papal Elections

After the death of Pope Shenouda III in March, the papal selection is the first in 41 years(Last held on 1971). The new pope will take his post at a critical point, as the Church faces a number of internal and external issues. Acting head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomious announced the results of […]

Discovering MENA: Another Brick in the Wall

We all know Friday is a key day for everything regarding the Arab World. Last Friday was no exception. A huge car bomb exploded at the heart of the Beirut’s Christian neighbourhood of Ashrafiyeh (Christians were also the main target of a terrorist attack that took place yesterday in Damascus). It was the first large-scale […]

Google Celebrates Abu Simbel’s Solar Phenomena

We love all the google doodles, the interactive ones especially, but today we love it because it’s about EGYPT!! Google celebrates the Abu Simbel Solar Phenomena which happens twice a year on October 21st and February 21st,  61 days before and after the Winter Solstice by using the Great Temple of Abu Simbel Tomb as […]

Uma Thurman Reveals Daughter’s Name

When you enter stardom and are accepted for being quirky or better yet expected to be as that is was makes you original and different to us ‘common folk’ the leeway that you are given is on a much grander scale. Having said that, just because you are allowed to be weird or unique it doesn’t […]

Car Bomb in Beirut Kills 8

A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour today, killing at least eight people and wounding about 80, witnesses and officials said. It was not immediately clear if the explosion targeted any political figure in Lebanon’s divided community but it occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese […]

Elvis Home For Sale?

Rumors are spread around HollyWood and then ehoed throughout the world. Well this is no rumor folks, it is true that Elvis Presly’s LA home is on the market. Ever though of sleeping in the Kings bed? Well your dreams could come true!  The four-bedroom, five-bathroom French regency-styled house was lived in by Elvis till […]