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An ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi told his followers the Covid-19 vaccine is a global conspiracy to “establish a new world order” and "turn people gay".

The BBC said it was investigating an allegation of homophobia against its Iranian service.

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the social gains of the revolution.

Iran court sentences British-Iranian anthropologist to nine years

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Iran court sentences British-Iranian anthropologist to nine years

Kameel Ahmady, who has done research on FGM and child marriage in Iran, says his charges stem from his research into "harmful traditions in ...

Barcelona's Griezmann cuts Huawei links over Uighurs surveillance claims

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Barcelona's Griezmann cuts Huawei links over Uighurs surveillance claims

The World-Cup winning footballer took to Instagram to announce he was "immediately ending" his partnership with the company.

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Turkey slaps 18+ rating on rainbow, LGBTQ products

Products with the rainbow colours or references to LGBT must now be sold with an 18+ rating on e-commerce sites, the trade ministry said.

Gaia Caramazza

Why you should care about the arrests in Egypt

More than 60,000 political prisoners have been incarcerated since Fattah al-Sisi’s power grab in 2013.

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Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

Bangladesh has opened its first Islamic school for transgender Muslims, in a new win for LGBTQ+ members of the Islamic community.

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Mauree Turner becomes Oklahoma's first non-binary, Muslim lawmaker

A historic double first marks Mauree Turner out among a host of barrier-breaking Muslim officials elected this week.

Malaysia's Mahathir says Muslims have right to kill French

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Malaysia's Mahathir says Muslims have right to kill French

The former prime minister of Malaysia sparked outrage after he said Muslims have a right 'to kill millions of French people' in a now deleted ...

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Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi murder, Tunisia battles with homophobia

Our podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond.

Bisexual academic claims Oxford fired him 'to appease Saudis'

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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.

How <em>LGBT</em> activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

Gaia Caramazza

How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

With same-sex relations criminalised in Tunisia, the queer community is usually forced to live in the shadows - but now an influencer is ...

LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

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LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

Egyptian police and prosecutors have been accused of inflicting verbal abuse, extracting forced confessions and denying detainees access to ...

Tunisia should end 'gay proof' anal tests: HRW

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Tunisia should end 'gay proof' anal tests: HRW

Human Rights Watch urged Tunisia to end the use of anal testing, used as "proof" to prosecute same-sex relations.

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Syrian men, trans women suffered ‘monstrous’ sexual violence

Human Rights Watch has reported of harrowing violence in Syria against men and trans women during the war.

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Saudi Arabia jails Yemeni blogger over LGBTQ+ rights support

The blogger is scheduled to be deported to Yemen, where he faces death threats.

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Netflix mired in Turkey row over LGBTQ+ characters

The Turkish government has been accused of censoring gay characters in two Netflix series, sparking a heated conversation around censorship and ...

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Sudan drops death penalty, flogging for gay sex

Activists praised Sudan's decision to lift the death penalty for gay sex 'as first step', but warned that queer people could still jailed under ...

Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

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Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

Around 20 activist groups called on Facebook to stop the spread of anti-gay hate speech targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the Middle East and ...

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Turkey defends Red Crescent head in anti-gay tweet row

Turkey's presidency defended Turkish Red Crescent chief Kerem Kinik after he compared the LGBTQ+ community to paedophiles.

Thousands in Israel attend muted Gay Pride despite coronavirus

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Thousands in Israel attend muted Gay Pride despite coronavirus

Thousands took part in muted LGBT events across Israel on Sunday as the usually larger gatherings were cancelled due to coronavirus ...

Mega arms deal with Egyptian regime exposes Italy's 'hypocrisy'

Gaia Caramazza

Mega arms deal with Egyptian regime exposes Italy's 'hypocrisy'

In-depth: Activists say Italy's $1.2 billion sale of warships to Egypt is a betrayal of murdered student Giuliu Regeni and thousands of Egyptian ...

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

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'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

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 ...

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