Gaza artist creates home décor beauty from empty Israel shells

Four flower vases adorn the living room of Hossam al-Dabbus’s home. Initially inconspicuous, a closer look reveals they are made of Israeli tank shells collected by war-scarred Gazans.

The refugee camp dweller has picked through the rubble of the coastal strip to turn the remains of a conflict, which killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and more than 70 Israelis (mostly soldiers), into objects of art.

How Hong Kong’s protests can inspire China’s Uighurs

The exiled leader of China’s Uighur minority believes the large-scale protests roiling Hong Kong are inspiring people in her home region of Xinjiang, in comments likely to rile Beijing.

Rebiya Kadeer told Foreign Policy that how the Hong Kong protests play out could have far-reaching implications for the Uighur people in far-western China.

France tops list of most popular European travel destination for Muslims

France has emerged as the most desirable travel destination in Europe by Muslim tourists, particularly among Malaysian travelers, according to a poll of travelers in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Of the 400 Muslim respondents from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, 30 percent cited France as their top European destination, followed by England and Italy (tied at 28 percent) and Germany and Turkey (tied at 26 percent).

Activist Maryam al-Khawaja has travel ban lifted by Bahrain court

A Bahrain court on Wednesday lifted a travel ban on a prominent activist charged with assaulting airport police as she flew in to try to visit her jailed father, a judicial source said.

Maryam al-Khawaja has been a vocal critic of the Bahrain authorities’ crackdown on 2011 protests that led to her opposition leader father Abdulhadi al-Khawaja being jailed for life.