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Faisal Mekdad will be replaced as deputy foreign minister by Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari.

Comment: Calls for castration and hanging as punishment for rape have been growing, but such draconian measures fail to tackle the root cause of gender-based violence, writes Zahra Khozema.

Exiled firebrand Indonesian Islamist cleric returns to Jakarta

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Exiled firebrand Indonesian Islamist cleric returns to Jakarta

Rizieq Shihab had lived in exile in Saudi Arabia after facing charges of insulting the state's ideology and a pornographic messaging scandal.

Biden begins transition as Trump refuses to concede

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Biden begins transition as Trump refuses to concede

US President-elect Joe Biden took the first steps Sunday towards moving into the White House in 73 days, as Donald Trump again refused to admit ...

French Muslim leaders slam anti-French boycott

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French Muslim leaders slam anti-French boycott

Several French Muslim leaders condemned calls for boycotts of French goods in Muslim countries as "unjustified" and accused those leading the ...

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Pompeo urges Indonesians to oppose China's Uighur persecution

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Indonesian Muslim groups not to be swayed by China on the Uighur issue.

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Indonesia FM calls for 'equal access' to coronavirus vaccines

Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi said it is crucial that developing countries have 'equal access' to a future coronavirus vaccine.

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Pakistan bans TikTok over 'immoral content'

TikTok has come up against backlash in Pakistan.

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Bisexual academic claims Oxford fired him 'to appease Saudis'

Dr. Kevin Fogg alleges the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies dismissed him due to his sexuality.

Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

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Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

A Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from an Indonesian jail cell.

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Will Sudan's historic deal with rebels finally bring peace?

The peace agreement to end devastating wars in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile could be a key turning point in Sudan's democratic ...

Ireland's growing influence in the Middle East

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Ireland's growing influence in the Middle East

Unburdened by the colonial legacies dogging other countries in Western Europe, Ireland has received a warm reception in the Arab world.

Indonesian non-maskers ordered to dig graves for coronavirus dead

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Indonesian non-maskers ordered to dig graves for coronavirus dead

Rule flouters in East Java were ordered to dig graves in pairs as punishment for not wearing masks.

US vetoes UN resolution over repatriation of IS militants

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US vetoes UN resolution over repatriation of IS militants

The United States on Monday vetoed a UN resolution on the fate of foreign militants which failed to include a call for their repatriation, ...

UN approves resolution that cuts Lebanon peacekeepers

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UN approves resolution that cuts Lebanon peacekeepers

The United States approved a resolution that decreases the troop limit from 15,000 to 13,000.

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Trump revives racist 'birther' conspiracy theory for Kamala Harris

Comment: Just as they did for Obama, Republicans and right-wing media will level their attacks not against Harris's policy positions, but against who she is, writes Mobashra Tazamal.

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UN blocks US bid to trigger 'snapback' Iran sanctions

The presidency of the Council, assumed in August by Indonesia, is "not in a position to take further action" on Washington's request, ...

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US faces opposition to demand to 'snap back' sanctions

A US diplomat called on the UN to restore all sanctions against Iran.

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China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Chinese oil purchases offered Beijing a sphere of influence in the Middle East, but Covid-19 has upended this once-promising strategy.

UN rejects US bid to extend Iran arms embargo

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UN rejects US bid to extend Iran arms embargo

Only two of the Council's 15 members voted in favour, highlighting the division between Washington and its European allies since Donald Trump ...

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Peanut traders baffled by Sudan export ban on crop

Peanut traders have been left stunned by a sudden decision from the Sudanese trade ministry to ban the export of raw peanuts.

Al-Jazeera says Malaysia rejects visas for Aussie staffers

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Al-Jazeera says Malaysia rejects visas for Aussie staffers

Malaysian authorities last month questioned Al-Jazeera staff, with police seizing two computers from their office on Tuesday.

Islam and eco-theology: The future of environmentalism

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Islam and eco-theology: The future of environmentalism

Eco-theology has the potential to reshape environmental protection in the Middle East.

Al Jazeera's Malaysian office raided over documentary

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Al Jazeera's Malaysian office raided over documentary

Police seized computers as part of the investigation into an Al Jazeera documentary about migrants in Malaysia.

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