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Abdel Fattah Mourou, a co-founder and former deputy leader of the Islamist Ennahdha party, has shocked Tunisian society by dancing with scantily-clad actress Mariem Ben Moulehem while in clerical

Mia Khalifa tweets support for India's protesting farmers

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Mia Khalifa tweets support for India's protesting farmers

India’s Hindu Nationalist government appears deeply troubled by celebrities’ expressing solidarity with protesting farmers

Amplifying Black and Afro-Iranian voices with the Collective

Sahar Esfandiari

Amplifying Black and Afro-Iranian voices with the Collective

Frustrated by the absence of Black voices in the Iranian community and the media, a group came together to form a collective to amplify their ...

Virus mutes New Year's revelries as 2020 ends

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Virus mutes New Year's revelries as 2020 ends

As midnight rolled from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, the New Year's experience mirrored national responses to the ...

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Renowned Syrian director Hatem Ali dies in Cairo

Hatem Ali was known for role in spreading the popularity of Syrian dramas in the Arab world.

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Critics slam Wonder Woman 1984 for 'anti-Arab racism'

Some viewers have accused the superhero film of reproducing racist, anti-Arab tropes.

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Gal Gadot takes over Burj Khalifa as Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot appeared on the world's tallest building as part of a promotion for the new film, 'Wonder Woman 1984'.

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Iranian 'Angelina Jolie' Instagram star handed 10-year prison sentence

An Iranian Instagram star whose eccentric doctored selfies led to comparisons with Angelina Jolie was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A dispatch from India's culture war

Shashi Tharoor

A dispatch from India's culture war

Comment: Much of India has long celebrated the intermingling of Hindu and Muslim practices, but an Islamophobic, BJP-sponsored law now threatens ...

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Egypt orders release of rights activists after global pressure

A security and juridical source told AFP that three staff of a high-profile Egyptian rights group were ordered released by the country's public ...

Scarlett Johansson urges Egypt to release imprisoned rights activists

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Scarlett Johansson urges Egypt to release imprisoned rights activists

The American actress urged authorities to release activists from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EiPR) in a video posted ...

Iraqi Yazidi Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

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Iraqi Yazidi Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Activist Nadia Murad said domestic tensions have intensified in confined living spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tunisian <em>actress</em> sparks debate after announcing out-of-marriage pregnancy

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Tunisian actress sparks debate after announcing out-of-marriage pregnancy

Aicha Attia shared an image of her baby bump on Instagram and confirmed she was four months into a pregnancy, triggering a media frenzy.

UK's Labour broke law under left-wing leader: anti-Semitism report

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UK's Labour broke law under left-wing leader: anti-Semitism report

The long-awaited report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found damning instances where Corbyn's former leadership team ...

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Algerian actresses call foul on femicide

Algerian actresses have launched a campaign to see the country put an end to violence against women.

Horriya Marzouk

Gal Gadot as Cleopatra: The view from Egypt

Plans for a new film about Cleopatra starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot have sparked controversy in Egypt.

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Istanbul authorities ban Kurdish-language play

Turkish authorities banned a Kurdish adaptation of a well-known satirical play over concerns of 'public order', just hours before it was due to ...

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Outrage as Israeli actress Gal Gadot announces Cleopatra role

Social media users took aim at Gal Gadot once again this week after she announced her new role as Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

Popular Kuwaiti <em>actress</em> Haya Al-Shuaibi detained over 'pornographic' post

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Popular Kuwaiti actress Haya Al-Shuaibi detained over 'pornographic' post

Kuwaiti authorities have detained a famous actress for allegedly posting a video of pornographic nature, local media reported.

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Turkish pensioner attempts to rescue actress in TV stunt

Muzaffer Parlak, 78, has been hailed by locals in Ordu, Turkey, after attempting to rescue a woman from kidnappers before discovering they were ...

Armenia and Azerbaijan: a decades-long bloody rivalry

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: a decades-long bloody rivalry

A summary of the key issues surrounding Armenia and Azerbaijan's conflict over Nagorny Karabakh.

Disney's Mulan is an insult to Uighurs, Muslims everywhere

Aniqah Choudhri

Disney's Mulan is an insult to Uighurs, Muslims everywhere

Comment: Disney's new Mulan employs lazy and offensive stereotypes of Arabs, and is filmed on the very same lands where China is persecuting ...

Mulan movie boycott calls grow over Xinjiang scenes

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Mulan movie boycott calls grow over Xinjiang scenes

Mulan's remake is facing fresh boycott calls after some scenes were filmed in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have been oppressed.

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