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The echoes of Desert Storm
The Gulf War in 1991 liberated Kuwait but paved the way for decades of catastrophy, for Iraq, the Middle East and the world.
A heritage rediscovered
The five historic sites in Saudi Arabia inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List tell a story of universal importance.
In Soleimani's shadow
Qassem Soleimani, assassinated by the US in January 2020, left a legacy of death and destruction across the Middle East.
The siege of Mecca
The full story of the attack by religious fanatics on the holy city in 1979 that shocked the entire Muslim world.
Decades on, thousands of Qataris are continuing to pay the price for a failed coup in which they played no part.
Saudi Arabia's lost world
The ancient rock-carved city of Hegra is emerging from the mists of time as one of the wonders of the world.
Eight centuries of Arab rule in Spain are echoed in the art and buildings of Al-Andalus, and in the DNA of its descendants.
Ibn Saud and Roosevelt
Seventy-five years ago the two leaders met on a warship in the Suez Canal, creating a bond that endures today.
Who needs Davos?
Does the World Economic Forum do any good? Or is it simply virtue-signaling central for the world’s billionaires?
Looking for trouble
Research is posing unsettling questions about when the pandemic really began, and what we should do about the next one.
The cannabis money tree
The hidden links between medical campaigners and companies hoping to create a lucrative recreational market.
Acne drug's dark secret
The world's most commonly used acne drug is linked to a disturbing number of suicides among teenagers.
For those in peril
The lives and losses of those who labour to keep the great engine of global trade running efficiently are out of sight and mind.
Coal. Still killing us
Before oil, coal was king and set the planet on course for today’s climate crisis. But today it's still killing the planet.