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Plans for a new film about Cleopatra starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot have sparked controversy in Egypt.

Sudan could soon see itself removed from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism after President Donald Trump said he was ready to make the move.

'Impunity reigns' one year after Lebanon protests: Amnesty

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'Impunity reigns' one year after Lebanon protests: Amnesty

Amnesty International has urged Lebanese authorities to end harassment of activists and journalists, as well as the use of force against protesters

Joe Biden says his administration would 'honour Muslim contributions'

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Joe Biden says his administration would 'honour Muslim contributions'

The Democratic presidential candidate has also vowed to repeal Trump's so-called 'Muslim ban' on his first day he is elected.

Gulf states using Covid-19 pandemic to ramp-up repression: Amnesty

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Gulf states using Covid-19 pandemic to ramp-up repression: Amnesty

Gulf states are using the Covid-19 pandemic to clampdown on online expression.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Dubai police chief nominee for Interpol raises red flags

Comment: Respect for human rights is a founding principle of Interpol. To name an Emirati police chief as its president would be a gross contradiction, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

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Kuwait renders three alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to Egypt

Kuwait has handed over three Egyptian residents of the country, alleged to be members of the Muslim Brotherhood to Egypt, where they could face ...

Narjas Zatat

#FreeToBeOnline calls for protection of girls against online harassment

Young women's access to the internet is not only curtailed, but in many places, including in parts of the Middle East, they face many dangers on ...

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Libyan militia is holding 60 migrants hostage, says MSF

A Libyan militia known as Al-Ammu has abducted hundreds of migrants, now holding at least 60 hostage in 'appalling' conditions, seeking ransom ...

Syria Insight: Russia's intervention five years on (Part 1)

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Russia's intervention five years on (Part 1)

In-depth: Five years have passed since Russia's intervention in Syria's war began. For Syrians, it is a time of loss and mourning.

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Algeria expelled thousands of migrants and asylum seekers: report

Rights groups are concerned over Algeria's recent expulsion of thousands of asylum seekers to Niger.

Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi murder, Tunisia battles with homophobia

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Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi murder, Tunisia battles with homophobia

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US bill could sanction banks operating in 'Hezbollah-dominated' areas

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US bill could sanction banks operating in 'Hezbollah-dominated' areas

This legislation would represent the “toughest sanctions ever proposed by Congress” against Hezbollah, Republican US Congressman Joe Wilson ...

Could the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict spark a proxy war?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Could the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict spark a proxy war?

Analysis: As war returns to Nagorno-Karabakh, there are fears that Armenian-Azeri fighting could draw in regional powers.

Normalisation with Israel: The view from the Arab Maghreb

Abdelkader Cheref

Normalisation with Israel: The view from the Arab Maghreb

In-depth: Despite UAE-Bahrain's normalisation agreement with Israel, and their unofficial relations with Tel Aviv, North African ...

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US, Morocco agree to boost military cooperation

Washington remains the number one arms supplier to Rabat, with the Kingdom hosting the largest annual war games for US troops in Africa.

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Amnesty urges Egypt to release detainees after rare protests

"Egyptian security forces have used tear gas, batons, and on at least one occasion live ammunition, and arrested hundreds of protesters and ...

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US, Algeria renew strategic alliance in troubled region

"Algeria is a committed counter-terrorism partner," General Stephen Townsend, head of US Africa Command, said on a recent visit to ...

Marc Owen Jones

Jamal Khashoggi's legacy: A vision worth defending

Comment: Jamal Khashoggi had a vision of freedom and democracy in the Arab region. The need to fight for it is now greater than ever, writes ...

Pentagon chief heads to Algeria for security talks

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Pentagon chief heads to Algeria for security talks

Mark Esper is the first US defence secretary to visit Algiers in almost 15 years.

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US signs 10-year military cooperation pact with Tunisia

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has signed a 10-year military cooperation agreement on a visit to Tunisia amid a continuing extremist threat in ...

Soura film festival's quest to normalise Mideastern queer stories

Jad Salfiti

Soura film festival's quest to normalise Mideastern queer stories

Middle Eastern queer cinema has yet to achieve a commercial blockbuster, but its ideas are being embraced, writes Jad Salfiti in this preview of ...

Tunisia president 'backs hanging' amid uproar over woman's murder

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Tunisia president 'backs hanging' amid uproar over woman's murder

Tunisia's leader has weighed in on a public debate that was triggered by a woman's murder, saying he backs capital punishment.

16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

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16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

Nearly two dozen migrants who had been fleeing the war-torn country died after the boat carrying them capsized.

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