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Comment: The reforms enacted in Sudan do not represent the immediate demands of protesters, and instead signal interference of UAE as a counter-revolutionary force, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Amal al-Asmari's tweet went viral after she condemned the Prophet Muhammad and said she doesn't believe in the word of the Quran.

Sudan starts trial of ousted president Bashir over coup

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Sudan starts trial of ousted president Bashir over coup

Omar al-Bashir, ousted last year amid a popular uprising, and 27 others face trial over a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.

Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

Bashir, 76, who is already behind bars for corruption, could face the death penalty.

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Sudan drops death penalty, flogging for gay sex

Activists praised Sudan's decision to lift the death penalty for gay sex 'as first step', but warned that queer people could still jailed under the country's conservative laws.

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Sudanese rebels and government enter final phase of talks

Mediators described the discussions as the 'most important' component of the Sudan peace process.

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Sudan repeals death penalty for apostasy, allows alcohol

A ban on Female Genital Mutilation [FGM], repealing the death penalty for apostasy and allowing the drinking of alcohol are among a set ...

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Saudi Arabia arrests man filmed 'stepping on a Quran'

Saudi Arabia has arrested a man accused of stepping on a Quran in a viral video that angered social media users across the kingdom.

Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

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Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

Leading Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions ...

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Sudan 'plans to repeal' death penalty for apostasy

The transitional government is planning to criminalise "takfir", the act of declaring someone an apostate, according to a member of a key ...

Yemen in Focus: Houthis introduce martyrdom lectures at school

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Houthis introduce martyrdom lectures at school

Students in Saada are made to watch daily video broadcasts from the Houthi rebel leader, who lectures them on the merits of martyrdom and ...

US presses Yemen's Houthis to drop Bahai charges

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US presses Yemen's Houthis to drop Bahai charges

The United States has urged Yemen's Houthi rebels to drop charges targeting the Bahai community, which said that 24 believers of the faith will ...

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei urges Muslims, Christians to honour Jesus

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei urges Muslims, Christians to honour Jesus

Jesus is also revered as a prophet in the Islamic faith.

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

Mel Plant

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

In-depth: Hopes for peace and justice remain unclear a year after the start of Sudan's revolution, Mel Plant writes.

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Exclusive: US warplanes drop $25-million reward leaflets for Baghdadi

US warplanes dropped leaflets over Iraq offering reward of $25 million in return for information that would lead to the capture or killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Morocco under fire for mixing of prayer and music

International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) decried mixing call to prayer with music during a ceremony attended by Pope Francis and Morocco ...

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Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass

Pope Francis called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics in Morocco.

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Saudi ex-Imam of Mecca 'no longer considers Shia heretics'

The cleric and former imam of the Grand Mosque said despite his previous opinion on Shia scholars being apostates, he changed his mind after ...

Stranded Saudi sisters granted extended stay to seek refuge

The New Arab

Stranded Saudi sisters granted extended stay to seek refuge

Two Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong since September have been granted an additional month in the city to plead their case for asylum in a ...

Khaled Diab

The ayatollah, the novelist and the fatwa

Comment: In the 30 years since Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini sent Salman Rushdie a Valentine’s from hell, efforts by extremists to kill or scare the ...

Pope Francis to hold historic first mass in UAE

The New Arab

Pope Francis to hold historic first mass in UAE

Pope Francis will become the first Catholic Pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula - but the UAE has not always been tolerant of religions other ...

US normalising relations with Sudan ignores decades of abuse

Jehanne Henry

US normalising relations with Sudan ignores decades of abuse

Comment: The US' recent willingness to normalise relations with Sudan turns a blind eye to the country's well-documented human rights abuses, ...

How do white Muslims experience Islamophobia?

CJ Werleman

How do white Muslims experience Islamophobia?

Comment: White converts to Islam are considered by some as traitors to their race, writes CJ Werleman.

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