Two-day walking tour of Iraq's capital, Baghdad is an effort by young artists to address social dilemmas and reclaim the city's identity. The artists practise at the Abu Nuwas Theatre that was destroyed in 2003.
A significant step has been taken in forming the new government in Iraq, with long anticipated ministerial appointments finally established. The legislature voted to confirm 14 of Abd al-Mahdi's 22 cabinet nominees, enabling him to convene his government.
More than four million Syrian students are heading back to school this month in areas under government control. Kafr Batna, in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, was recaptured by the government just this spring after a blistering offensive against opposition.