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Bahrain country profile

Provides an overview of Bahrain, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state which has become a financial services centre

Sudanese to report Israel to UN

Sudan says it will complain to the UN over an explosion at an arms factory earlier this week that it claims was caused by an Israeli air strike.

Secularism and Islamism compete among Syrian rebels

Growing discord between secular and Islamist rebels in Syria

Deal ‘calms Israel-Gaza fighting’

Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence.

The economics of Hajj

How the Hajj and its pilgrims became big business

Tunisia’s last remaining Jews

Tunisia’s dwindling Jewish community still holding out hope

Libya forces ‘capture Bani Walid’

The Libyan government says it has captured the western town of Bani Walid, a former stronghold of Col Gaddafi, after days of fighting.

‘Benghazi suspect’ dies in Cairo

A suspect in the attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi dies after a firefight with security services in Cairo, officials say.

Sudan accuses Israel over blast

The Sudanese government says it believes an Israeli air strike was responsible for explosions and fire at a military factory in the capital, Khartoum, overnight.

Lebanon profile

Provides an overview of Lebanon, including key events and facts about a country which has often been at the centre of Middle Eastern conflicts

VIDEO: Millions gather in Mecca for Hajj

Thousands of people have arrived in Mecca this week ahead of the annual Hajj

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