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A Saudi woman files for divorce after her husband assaulted her for cheering on Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

As football seasons in the Middle East draw to a close, tensions were high as teams played in the Arab world's own El Clasicos bringing tears and heartbreak.

Six Arab films that should be at the Oscars

Sarah Khalil

Six Arab films that should be at the Oscars

Every year a few critically acclaimed productions from the MENA region go unnoticed by the Academy, and 2017 is no exception.

Arab football teams kick off dramatic start to season

Uri Levy

Arab football teams kick off dramatic start to season

Football leagues in the Arab world and Iran started this weekend, with some surprise performances from football minnows.

Footballing legend Xavi: Arab footballers are great and promising

The New Arab

Footballing legend Xavi: Arab footballers are great and promising

Footballing great Xavi tells The New Arab what he thinks about top-tier Arab footballers and the differences between European and Arab football.

Paul McLoughlin

Watching the beautiful game in Islamic State run Raqqa

In an act of defiance, football fans in Islamic State controlled Syrian city of Raqqa braved threats from violent IS extremists to watch Barcelona v Real Madrid.

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