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Bethlehem lit up its Christmas tree without the usual crowds due to Covid-19 restrictions.

No arrests had yet been made and the motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Archaeologist claims to have found Jesus' home in Nazareth

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Archaeologist claims to have found Jesus' home in Nazareth

A building beneath a Nazareth church could have been the home of Jesus, one archaeologist believes.

Pope says for first time that Uighurs are 'persecuted'

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Pope says for first time that Uighurs are 'persecuted'

In a new book, the Pope acknowledged China's Uighurs as a 'persecuted' people, a claim the Chinese FM dismissed as 'groundless'.

Syria's Assad: Lone survivor of Arab Spring

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Syria's Assad: Lone survivor of Arab Spring

Ten years on Syria's Bashar Al-Assad defied the odds, surviving international isolation and temporary loss of two thirds of the national ...

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US senators urge Egypt to release detained Coptic activist

Senators Thom Tills and Chris Coons have called on Egypt to release Ramy Kamel or give him a free and fair trial.

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Pompeo's strange farewell tour, full of symbolism and silence

The trip opened with 54 hours in Paris in which he appeared for a total of one minute in public.

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Al-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith marriage were misunderstood

Professor Amna Nosseir sparked public outcry after she said there is no text in Islamic law that prevents a Muslim woman from marrying a ...

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Pompeo visits Israel museum honouring Christian Zionists

The US secretary of state also visited an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and announced new measures against the Palestinian-led ...

Tunisia, Qatar propose 'Western-Islamic' conference: report

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Tunisia, Qatar propose 'Western-Islamic' conference: report

During a three-day visit to Doha, Tunisia's president proposed a 'Western-Islamic conference' aimed at achieving greater understanding between ...

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Macron criticises media over coverage of Islamic extremism

Macron has called The New York Times media correspondent to criticise English-language coverage of France's stance on Islamic extremism after ...

President Biden must reward Arab Americans for their support

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President Biden must reward Arab Americans for their support

Comment: Biden's campaign understood that Arab and Muslim voting blocs are essential for victory, his future administration should govern ...

Macron faces backlash after claiming 'secularism never killed anyone'

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Macron faces backlash after claiming 'secularism never killed anyone'

Amid global outrage at his remarks on Islam, Emmanuel Macron appears to have dug his heels in with his latest comment.

Belgian teacher suspended over Prophet Muhammad cartoons

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Belgian teacher suspended over Prophet Muhammad cartoons

A school in Brussels dismissed a teacher for showing a class of 10 and 11-year-olds controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, amid global ...

French archbishop stands against offensive Prophet Muhammad cartoons

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French archbishop stands against offensive Prophet Muhammad cartoons

The Archbishop of Toulouse Robert Le Gall said there are limits to freedom of expression, as France continues to defend offensive Prophet ...

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Pope deplores 'fragile truce' in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

A ceasefire on Saturday was swiftly broken by more fighting, with both sides accusing the other of responsibility.

Rami G. Khouri

A new national identity born of protest and anger

Comment: A year after mass protests reignited the Arab region, Rami Khouri explores how the struggle against corruption and poverty became the ...

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Macron accuses Lebanon leaders of 'betrayal' over government failure

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Lebanon's leaders of "collective betrayal" over their failure to form a government in the wake of the ...

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Palestinians condemn Israel-Bahrain normalisation agreement

Rival factions Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have slammed the agreement as a 'stab in the back'.

Bahrain to recognise Israel in latest normalisation pact

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Bahrain to recognise Israel in latest normalisation pact

Bahrain will be the fourth Arab state to normalise relations with Israel following Egypt (1979), Jordan (1994) and the UAE (2020).

Assia Belgacem

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland

Book Club: Carol Isaacs's stunning graphic novel is a vivid journey into the history of Iraq's Jewish community.

Christian Pakistani man sentenced to death over 'blasphemous' texts

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Christian Pakistani man sentenced to death over 'blasphemous' texts

A Christian Pakistani man has been sentenced to death after he sent a 'blasphemous' text message.

Lebanon diplomat tipped to become country's new PM

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Lebanon diplomat tipped to become country's new PM

Lebanon will start consultations to name a new premier, with the envoy to Berlin emerging as a front-runner ahead of French President Emmanuel ...

Lebanon president calls for proclamation of a secular state

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Lebanon president calls for proclamation of a secular state

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Sunday acknowledged a need to "change the system" and called for the proclamation of a secular state.

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