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The event was organised by self-employed, small business and performing artists' groups angry at coronavirus curbs which have taken away their livelihoods.

"Either we get a better life or we all die," demonstrators, including women, could be heard shouting.

Sudan repeals <em>death</em> penalty for apostasy, allows alcohol

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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 of wide-ranging laws reformed by Sudan.

Bahrain's torture-tainted courts

Joe Stork

Bahrain's torture-tainted courts

Comment: Disregarding credible evidence of torture, and laws against forced confession shows the criminal malfeasance of Bahrain's justice ...

Iraq Olympic football team goalkeeper found dead in car

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Iraq Olympic football team goalkeeper found dead in car

Karrar Ibrahim was found dead in his car in the Al-Saadoun area of the capital Baghdad on Friday, authorities confirmed.

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Iran's Rouhani says coronavirus lockdown would cause 'chaos, hardship'

Iran has battled the Middle East's worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Hayder Al-Shakeri

Without accountability, al-Hashimi's assassination will not be the last

Comment: Al-Hashimi was working towards a robust and inclusive Iraqi state. His assassination must not be met with impunity. What comes next is ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi sparks outcry

Hisham al-Hashimi's killing sparked an outpouring of grief, with many perceiving his murder as the latest manifestation of how powerful ...

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Iran discourages travel to tourist areas amid virus crisis

With the start of the summer holidays, Iran's health ministry strongly advised Iranians to avoid travelling to certain provinces.

Biden would drastically change relations with Saudi, Egypt: adviser

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Biden would drastically change relations with Saudi, Egypt: adviser

Biden's foreign policy advisor laid out the presidential candidate's intention to curb support for Saudi Arabia, but failed to outline a clear ...

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Iranian man executed for drinking alcohol, says rights group

A man was executed at Mashhad prison on Thursday after being convicted of drinking alcohol for the sixth time, his lawyer told a rights monitor.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

29-year-old Ibrahim Moustapha Abou Yacoub was shot by Israeli troops near the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Malia Bouattia

Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Comment: The weapons deals and military training France and the UK provide to Saudi Arabia are killing civilians abroad, and harming workers at ...

Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering Syria

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering Syria

After a Russian veto, hope that aid reaches rebel-held areas in Syria dwindles.

First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria's Idlib

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First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria's Idlib

Idlib has its first case of Covid-19, a doctor at a hospital near the Turkish border.

The New Arab Staff

Explainer: What is the Iran-China comprehensive strategic partnership?

Former President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has come out to condemn it, criticising Iran for "plundering the country" and for "allowing foreign troops to enter". But what does it really entail?

Narjas Zatat

How Egypt's sexual harassment problem could usher in #MeToo

With sexual assault cases increasing, and a growing body of voices online refusing to back down, some critics argue there could be a reckoning ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq PM visits slain scholar's family, calls him 'hero'

'I will avenge him, and God willing his killers will not go free,' Mustafa al-Kadhimi told the family of scholar Hisham al-Hashemi, who was shot ...

Gaia Caramazza

UK urged to intervene in case of 'tortured' Bahrainis

Bahraini security officials who allegedly tortured the two men received training that was partly funded by Britain.

Iran hits record one-day virus <em>death</em> toll of 221

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Iran hits record one-day virus death toll of 221

The hardest-hit provinces of Iran's second coronavirus wave are considering imposing further restrictions, as the one-day death toll ...

Keira Dignan

Greek government faces resistance over dictatorship-era anti-protest law

In-depth: The Greek government is extending police powers to quell mass protests, a move refugee groups say will limit their ability to mobilise.

Twenty-five years on, Srebrenica dead still being identified, buried

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Twenty-five years on, Srebrenica dead still being identified, buried

Scientists have slowly unlocked what was once described as the 'biggest forensic puzzle anywhere in the world,' tracing the remains of the 8,000 ...

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Sam Hamad

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Comment: Russia is exploiting its UN Security Council veto power for the purposes of aiding and abetting war crimes in Syria, writes Sam Hamad.

Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

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Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

Tensions have risen in Iraq between the state and Iran-backed armed groups after the assassination of a prominent analyst, whose death ...

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