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Top five stories highlighting the Middle East's resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

Tehran's top diplomat altered a State Department statement on protests in Iran to berate the US over the killing of George Floyd and protests against police brutality.

Iran suggests up to 225 killed in November protests

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Iran suggests up to 225 killed in November protests

Officials in Iran have yet to issue an overall death toll for the unrest, while London-based human rights group Amnesty International has put the number at more than 300.

<em>Women</em> can't marry without male guardian's permission: Saudi Council

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Women can't marry without male guardian's permission: Saudi Council

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council rejects proposal by female member that would allow women to marry without the permission of a male guardian

Why Canada must cancel its Saudi weapons deal

Jillian Kestler-D'Amours

Why Canada must cancel its Saudi weapons deal

Comment: It's time Justin Trudeau met Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record with real action, and cancelled Canada's weapons sales, writes ...

Sahar Esfandiari

Al Yamaniah: Subverting the stereotypes about Yemeni women

Al Yamaniah is shining a spotlight on the creative talents of Yemeni women.

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Morocco's LGBT community is living in fear

A month after gay men were outed in Morocco, Ramadan and the Covid-19 lockdown have only made matters worse for the LGBT community.

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TNA Webinar Video: The Gendered Impact of Covid-19

Our webinar series hosts live discussions on issues related to the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond

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Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

Suspected suicides or escape attempts of foreign household workers have become a frequent occurrence in Lebanon, with local reports recording at ...

Myanmar files first Rohingya case report to ICJ

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Myanmar files first Rohingya case report to ICJ

Myanmar has submitted its first report to the ICJ on steps taken to prevent the genocide of the Rohingya Muslim population.

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Charge IS fighters with war crimes: EU justice agency

An EU-backed body has said that IS should not only be treated as a terrorist group, but also as a 'party to a non-international armed ...

Investigators build genocide case against IS Yazidi crimes

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Investigators build genocide case against IS Yazidi crimes

Investigators at the CIJA have launched an investigation into IS treatment of Yazidi women in Iraq.

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

A joint call from Arab intellectuals and personalities

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

Comment: An open letter from more than 150 personalities from the Arab world, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ...

Traumatised Rohingya fear impact of cyclone on prison island

Anu Shukla

Traumatised Rohingya fear impact of cyclone on prison island

Tensions are rising on the remote prison island of Bhasan Char, where some 300 Rohingya refugees were shipped after being rescued from ...

Iran forces killed 220 protesters in two days: Amnesty

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Iran forces killed 220 protesters in two days: Amnesty

Iran's security forces killed over 220 people over the span of two days during protests that shook the country in November 2019, Amnesty ...

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Coronavirus lockdown sees 'massive' FGM increase in Somalia

As many stay at home to stay safe from coronavirus, girls are now at increased risk of harm amid a reported surge in FGM cases.

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Coronavirus curfew complicates lives of Kuwaiti polygamists

Tunisia was the first predominantly Muslim country to abolish the practice of polygamy in 1956.

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

Two years on, Saudi women's rights activists await trials

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Two years on, Saudi women's rights activists await trials

Human rights groups have marked the two-year anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabia's leading women's rights activists by calling for an ...

Tanya Goudsouzian

Will a gut-wrenching attack shake up Afghanistan's peace process?

Comment: Two gruesome attacks shook Afghanistan this week, but even these horrific acts seem unlikely to mark a significant turning point in the ...

US blames horrific Kabul maternity hospital attack on IS

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US blames horrific Kabul maternity hospital attack on IS

The United States has claimed the vicious attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul was perpetrated by Islamic State militants.

Will the pandemic set <em>women</em> back?

Beth English and Kelly Pike

Will the pandemic set women back?

Comment: The response to Covid-19 cannot be gender neutral. It must safeguard and bolster the gains women have made, write Beth English ...

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

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