The most senior Muslim cleric in Iraq, Ayatollah Sistani, backed the UN in calling on the Iraqi Government to get "serious" about reforms as anti-government protests, that have cost hundreds of lives, continue.
The first cultural centre has been opened in the Syrian city of Raqqa since its liberation from ISIS. The Raqqa Centre for Arts and Culture, which has a library, a gallery and a concert hall, is attempting to revive art in the city.
Cairo - Egyptian puppeteer, Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar's passion is not about pulling strings: he connects with his creations and hopes to bring the traditional art back to the fore. He draws inspiration from average Egyptians as well as famous celebrities.