From a Yemeni missile attack to the resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, the "Cold War" between Middle East rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran has been heating up. Experts believe the risk of a direct military clash is low, but why have tensions escalated now and how will the crisis evolve?
In the Muslim-majority Middle East however, alcohol is shunned by many for religious reasons, leaving smaller markets that are often dominated by a single standard beer. In Lebanon, however, a new industry is growing.
Saad Hariri, who became prime minister for the second time less than a year ago in a government of national unity, cited the dominance of Lebanon by Iran and its ally Hezbollah and threats to his life as being behind his decision to resign.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman presided over a royal purge of potential rivals this past weekend. But as he accrues more power for himself, observers wonder whether Saudi Arabia's conservative establishment is ready for this amount of change, this quickly.
Last week, during a high-profile financial summit in Riyadh, a robot called Sophia was granted Saudi citizenship. A publicity stunt, according to some analysts, but what does it actually mean to give a robot citizenship?