Since the expulsion of ISIS from Iraq in 2017, sports and cultural initiatives supported by USAID have helped bring together communities that were torn apart by terrorism.
Opposition to Hizbullah's hegemony from within the Shia community itself has existed since the militia's inception, Lebanese say. But it is gaining force as the party falls out of favour.
Residents of the Ninawa province city have been picking up the threads of their lives and overcoming the myriad challenges they face.
Specially recruited male and female preachers engage youth in focused discussions on a range of topics in the places where they gather.
Once the centre of Christmas shopping extravaganza, the Lebanese capital is shrouded in gloom this year, a reflection of the worst economic crisis to ever hit the country.
With the withdrawal of crucial subsidies and no long term solutions in sight, Lebanese citizens are blaming their leaders for controlling their livelihood and impoverishing them.
As the country begins to find its footing after ISIS and confronts new challenges, Iraqis are looking to art to alleviate the stress of their daily lives.
Over the next 10 days, actors and directors will tread the red carpet at Jeddah's Red Sea International Film Festival, as Saudi Arabia looks to diversify its oil-dependent economy.
Displaced by ISIS, most Palmyra residents have been replaced by elements of Syrian regime-affiliated Iranian and Russian militias.
The regime's neglect and systemic corruption have stalled the progress of reconstruction in former opposition areas. Some say the delay is deliberate.