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An Egyptian court upheld a death sentence for one Coptic monk and life imprisonment for another over the 2018 murder of a desert monastery's abbot.

A cleric in Egypt clarified it is permissible to mourn the lives of atheists and homosexuals, after a debate was triggered by the death of queer feminist Sarah al-Hegazy.

Disappearance of suspected Saudi spy mastermind Al-Asaker arouses suspicion

Florence Dixon

Disappearance of suspected Saudi spy mastermind Al-Asaker arouses suspicion

Saudi dissidents are speculating about the fate of MbS aide Badr al-Asaker, who fell from grace last year following reports he masterminded a spying operation from inside Twitter tracking critics.

HTS leader tries to present ‘moderate’ face to Syrians

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HTS leader tries to present ‘moderate’ face to Syrians

The secretive leader of the jihadist group HTS has undertaken an intense public relations campaign in Idlib, revealing his true identity and ...

Salman al-Awdah heard from Saudi prison for first time

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Salman al-Awdah heard from Saudi prison for first time

Jailed Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah spoke with his mother and daughter from inside a Saudi prison, his relatives have confirmed.

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Top Egyptian actor breaks taboo by revealing transgender son

Hesham Salim said he was not 'confused or surprised' when his son Nour came out as transgender.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

An Arab-Israeli doctor is leading the charge against coronavirus in the country, and sad news as Turkey police shoot Syrian refugee dead during ...

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Calls to cancel Egyptian Ramadan show after 'torture' prank

Popular prank show 'Ramez Magnoun Rasmy' has come under fire after a 'psychological torture' skit.

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Drinking alcohol does not invalidate the fast: Egyptian cleric

Gomaa's remarks seem to invite misinterpretation and accusations of blasphemy, particularly as they come in the days preceding the month where ...

Fearful <em>Egyptian</em> villagers disrupt local burial of coronavirus victim

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Fearful Egyptian villagers disrupt local burial of coronavirus victim

Security forces have fired tear gas and made arrests in two Egyptian villages as panicked residents tried to prevent the burial of a ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

A subdued Easter in Jerusalem, virtual wedding services and the Gulf's reckless deportations of migrant workers in today's coronavirus roundup.

Egypt <em>cleric</em> promotes 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory on television

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Egypt cleric promotes 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory on television

During a television appearance, Egypt's former grand mufti Ali Gomaa advanced a debunked conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to the ...

Can Beijing's mask diplomacy win Arab hearts and minds?

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Can Beijing's mask diplomacy win Arab hearts and minds?

Comment: In the absence of US support in the Middle East, China is turning the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity for a PR triumph, writes ...

Egypt lawmakers consider granting president power to select mufti

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Egypt lawmakers consider granting president power to select mufti

A draft law submitted by MPs proposes that the president should have the final say on the selection of Egypt's highest-ranking Muslim official.

<em>Egyptian</em> singer stirs outrage with toplessness and Qatari sympathies

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Egyptian singer stirs outrage with toplessness and Qatari sympathies

Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan has outraged the Saudi public with a risqué performance in Riyadh, and outraged the government by ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

How the 'War on Terror' facilitates repression

Comment: In Egypt, UAE and Bahrain, the US rubberstamps any kind of crackdown that can be justified as 'counter-terrorism', writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

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Is karate haram? This Egyptian Salafi cleric thinks so

A debate on whether karate is haram has spiralled in Egypt, with the country's most prestigious Islamic institution getting involved.

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US confirms death of Al-Qaeda figurehead Hamza bin Laden

The US Pentagon chief has confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's son.

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Daughter of Egyptian cleric Qaradawi faces new charges

Egyptian authorities have arrested Ola al-Qaradawi, the daughter of famous Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, ...

Daughter of <em>Egyptian</em> <em>cleric</em> Qaradawi 'released'

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Daughter of Egyptian cleric Qaradawi 'released'

After two years in detention, sources are claiming the Egyptian authorities have ordered the release of Ola al-Qaradawi, daughter of ...

Mel Plant

'Too big to lose': Inside the battle for Istanbul

In-depth: For the first time in 24 years, Turkey's AKP lost control of Istanbul. Now, the battle is happening all over again.

Al-Azhar hails Mo Salah as 'great role model'

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Al-Azhar hails Mo Salah as 'great role model'

Sunni Islam's foremost cleric has hailed Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah as an excellent role model for young people.

Sisi mocked for praying ‘backwards’ in Mecca

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Sisi mocked for praying ‘backwards’ in Mecca

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was mocked after an image surfaced showing the Egyptian leader praying 'backwards' in the holy city of ...

It is 'haram' to curse Israel, warns Israeli government

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It is 'haram' to curse Israel, warns Israeli government

The Israeli government has warned Muslims that "insulting Israel" is forbidden by Islamic law because the country shares its name with a prophet.

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