Volleyball in Iran: A Litmus Test for Women's Rights
Iranian backtracking on earlier promises to lift the ban on women for international volleyball tournaments further calls into question whether engagement instead of boycott is the more effective approach, writes James M. Dorsey.
The Fraudulent Case for a Syrian Escalation
Washington’s armchair warriors are pounding the drums for a major U.S. military escalation in Syria but a new report shows there’s little reason to think that would help, writes Jonathan Marshall.
The Numbers Racket
Did the outgoing AFRICOM chief lie to the senators about the number of missions being carried out on the continent? Is AFRICOM maintaining two sets of books in an effort to obscure the size and scope of its expanding operations? Is the command relying on a redefinition of terms and massaging its numbers to buck potential oversight? Asks Nick Turse.
The Diplomats’ Revolt on Syria
One need only look to Libya to see what happens when the United States enters a conflict with limited aims and no vision of medium- and long-term potential outcomes, observes Ali Gharib.
The State Department’s Wrong-headed Push for War with Syria
Should the regime-change war succeed in overthrowing Assad, it will be ISIS and Al Qaeda who will step in and fill the vacuum — a strategic, tactical and moral catastrophe that American foreign policy should seek to avoid, points out James Carden.
Israel’s Water Siege of Palestinians
Neocon domination of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has foreclosed serious debate over Israel’s strangling control of Palestinian water resources and what that means for the future of that ghetto-ized population, as Chuck Spinney explains.
Saudi Arabia, UAE downplay Brexit impact on banking sector

Authorities in both countries say they are keeping an eye on impact of Brexit vote, but that their banks' exposure is limited.

Oman raises $2.5 billion in bonds to meet budget deficit
Oil prices rebound after six-session sell-off
Iran Air taken off EU safety blacklist
Saudi opens retail sector to greater foreign investment
Abu Dhabi seeks $6.5bn in row with Malaysia's 1MDB
Oil prices fall around one percent in Asia
Kuwait orders probe into scrapped deal with US Dow Chemical
Turkey economy grows 4.8 percent in first quarter
Muhammad Ali's family prepares funeral

Turkish president Erdogan among dignitaries expected to attend funeral of boxing hero Muhammad Ali.

Cannes spotlight on Iranian cinema
Palestinian museum to open without exhibition
Peshmerga documentary makes late entry in Cannes
Egypt's turmoil comes to Cannes in a police van
Turkish satire tackles adoption at Cannes
Rabai al-Madhoun wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction
SZBA Annual Book Award ceremony to be held Sunday
Banipal Magazine sheds light on ‘Sudanese Literature Today’
Egypt inches towards return of militant fans to stadium terraces
Al Ahli matchagainst ASEC Mimosas Abidjan is however likely to be litmus test because it will be attended by 15,000 fans, highest number since ban was imposed on eve of the 2011 popular revolt.
Syrian Armenians resettle in ancestral homeland
18,000 members of Syrian Armenian community have found refuge in their ancestral home since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011.
First NBA Stores to open in Qatar
NBA, Qatari fashion company will partner in opening first NBA Stores in Middle East during 2016-17 league season.
50 young Saudis arrested over ‘un-Islamic’ necklaces, haircuts
Suspects detained during Ramadan crackdown in Mecca for number of offences like strange haircuts, necklaces, head wraps, short clothes.
SZBA accepts nominations in five languages
Bin Tamim says adding new languages to nominations represents constructive step towards expanding circle of choice, quality of works selected in each cycle.
Algeria blocks social media sites to stop exam cheats
Police arrest dozens of people as part of investigation into how parts of 2016 high school exams were leaked onto social media.
Islamists brutally attack Radiohead fans in Turkey
Group of about 20 men accost, beat up customers, employees at Velvet IndieGround music store in Tophane district.
Abu Dhabi's Louvre surrounded by sea water
Half-billion-euro Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes museum 'on the sea' in major step towards completion of project.
'Gathafi's dagger' seized in Istanbul
Turkish police raid house of businessman in Esenyurt neighbourhood of Istanbul, confiscated jewel-encrusted ivory artefact.
'SpongeBob trousers' get Iran goalkeeper a ban
Makani has been suspended for six months for "inappropriate" conduct, including wearing of what media have dubbed "SpongeBob trousers."
China orders restrictions on Ramadan fasting in Muslim region
Several local government departments in Xinjiang post notices on their websites ordering restrictions on fasting during Ramadan.
'Number one' registration plate fetches $4.9 million at UAE auction
Winning bidder, Emirati businessman Arif Ahmed al-Zarouni, tells Gulf News, ‘My ambition is always to be number one.’