Water supply already causes armed conflict in Yemen's capital Sanaa, but there is worse to come for a hungry country when the oilfields run dry.
After decades of war, Lebanon and Israel have plenty of tension simmering between them, but the latest source of strife is literally cooking.
Military cooperation between Moscow and Damascus appears to have taken on a new zeal, writes Hugh Macleod.
Um Ahmad, as she was known to the girls, had it all planned out. From Baghdad to the border and on to Damascus and a new life, Mona and her three Iraqi friends didn't need to worry about a thing. The job in the textiles factory outside the Syrian capital would pay $300 a month.