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Engineering a space to deep dive into Arabic history, Afikra is a movement of curious people keen to host lectures, debates, interviews and more recently, Covid-19 friendly digital gatherings.

Critics have accused Saturday Night Live and comedian Michael Che of anti-Semitism over the reference to Israel's inoculation campaign.

<em>Ancient</em> Jordan site restoration brings locals, refugees jobs

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Ancient Jordan site restoration brings locals, refugees jobs

Three hundred people, a fifth of them women, are working on a pilot project to restore the ancient Jordan sites.

Islamic bathhouse discovered inside Spanish tapas bar

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Islamic bathhouse discovered inside Spanish tapas bar

The owners of the Cerveneria Giralda were undertaking a much-needed renovation when they made the discovery.

Outrage after Syrian regime imposes Sharia on Yazidi minority

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Outrage after Syrian regime imposes Sharia on Yazidi minority

The Yazidi Council of Syria has condemned the decision as a 'flagrant violation' of human rights.

Nazli Tarzi

The podcast colouring ancient Mesopotamianhistory

As Britain sank into lockdown in 2020, the Thin Edge of the Wedge podcast was born, covering a wide gamut of global subjects and fascinating conversations with experts and scholars.

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Egypt finds world's 'oldest' mass-production brewery

Egypt's tourism ministry said a high-production brewery believed to be the world's "oldest" has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists.

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Egypt city spooked by 'jinn haunting' ancient mosque well

People in Qalyoub have appealed to authorities to solve the mystery of a jinn haunting a well in the ancient Al-Zahir Baybars mosque

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Myanmar general warns anti-coup protesters to return to work

Myanmar's ruling general ordered demonstrators against the military coup to return to work or face "effective actions".

Turkish government claims responsibility for disappearing ‘alien’ monolith

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Turkish government claims responsibility for disappearing ‘alien’ monolith

A mysterious ‘alien’ monolith which appeared in a field in southeastern Turkey has turned out to be a publicity gimmick for the country’s new ...

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Syria finds body of archaeologist Khaled Al-Asaad

Syria believes that it has discovered the remains of archaeologist Khaled Al-Asaad, who was beheaded by the Islamic State in 2015.

Yazidi victims of IS massacres receive burial in Iraq

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Yazidi victims of IS massacres receive burial in Iraq

Members of the Yazidi community will gather for a burial ceremony to honour 104 victims, as many more await identification.

How the odds were stacked against Yemen's revolution

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

How the odds were stacked against Yemen's revolution

In-depth: A decade since the 2011 uprising, the hopes of Yemenis for freedom and an end to authoritarian rule have been shattered by war and a ...

Peace in troubled Libya brings back traditional weavers

Peace in troubled Libya brings back traditional weavers

For some, the ancient tradition of weaving offers a way to earn an income - as well as resuming a way of life that the war had stopped.

Egypt retrieves 5,000 ‘fraudulently acquired’ artefacts from US

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Egypt retrieves 5,000 ‘fraudulently acquired’ artefacts from US

Egypt announced that it had retrieved 5,000 ancient items from the US which had left the country in a ‘fraudulent manner’.

Ibrahim Husseini

Doubt and division cast a shadow over Palestinian elections

In-depth: Amid political infighting and public mistrust, Palestinians are sceptical as to whether the first national elections in 15 years will be free, fair, or take place at all.

Shashi Tharoor

Narendra Modi's Potemkin democracy

Comment: The pandemic has given Modi's government the perfect excuse to dispense with the inconvenience of being accountable to the legislature, ...

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Billionaire right-winger Adelson buried in Jerusalem

Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson was buried in Jerusalem.

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Jordanian sentenced to death for 2019 tourist knife attack

Mustafa Abu Ruwais, 24, was sentenced to 'death by hanging for the terrorist knife attack on tourists,' the Jordanian court said.

History whispers to blockading states as GCC rift ends

Rami G. Khouri

History whispers to blockading states as GCC rift ends

Comment: As blockading states agree to end their irrational boycott of of Qatar, Rami Khouri highlights how diplomacy and statecraft also helped ...

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Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration with Qatar

Leaders signed a new declaration with Saudi Arabia today in steps towards repairing broken ties.

A Sudan in transition presents first-ever film for Oscars

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A Sudan in transition presents first-ever film for Oscars

Acclaimed coming-of-age story 'You Will Die at Twenty' is only the eight film to have been made inside Sudan.

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

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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.

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

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Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Iraqi Christians woke up to Christmas cards from their Muslim neighbours in a heartfelt exchange of love and solidarity.

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