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Comment: Hanan Ashrawi's departure leaves the PLO a poorer place, headed by a power hungry Abbas, and in desperate need of reform, writes Muhammad Shehada.

The Twitter-vote has received nearly 16,000 comments, many of which characterise the proposal as an affront to public decency.

India tightens the noose on Kashmir's media

Aamir Ali Bhat

India tightens the noose on Kashmir's media

A new law empowers the Indian state to legally and economically punish journalists in Kashmir for publishing 'fake news' and 'anti-national content'.

UK's Johnson announces inequality review after anti-racism protests

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UK's Johnson announces inequality review after anti-racism protests

Johnson has been accused of delaying real action on racism and discrimination in the UK.

Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

Danya Hajjaji

Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

Social media users rallied around a Kuwaiti transgender woman who surrendered herself to police after she spoke out on her alleged sexual ...

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Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

The generation gap in religious observance is not new but it took on a new dimension this year as the fasting month coincides with strict movement restrictions amid coronavirus lockdown.

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Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

In recent years, Valentine's Day in the southern city of Najaf has emerged as a battleground between those who are advocates of personal freedom ...

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Watch: Kuwaiti married couple arrested for posting 'immoral' video

A suit has been filed with the Kuwait's public prosecution against the married couple, charging them with violation of public ...

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Saudi Arabia arrests hundreds for 'immodesty' and harassment

Saudi police have arrested over 200 people for offences including 'wearing immodest clothing' and 'harassment' of concert goers.

Iraqi women victim to online sexual blackmail

Alessandra Bajec

Iraqi women victim to online sexual blackmail

Iraqi women face a staggering rise in online 'sextortion', a practice known as revenge porn, with Iraqi males exploiting private images on ...

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Saudi Arabia to 'lash, imprison' extremist feminists

Lawyers believe lashing and imprisonment are among the punitive measure facing Saudi citizens found guilty of engaging in homosexuality and ...

Saudi prince apologises for kissing singer Assala at concert

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Saudi prince apologises for kissing singer Assala at concert

Prince Abdulrahman bin Musaad landed in hot water after a concert-goer snapped the moment he gave Syrian singer Assala a kiss in a VIP box in ...

Feminism, homosexuality placed on Saudi Arabia's extremism list

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Feminism, homosexuality placed on Saudi Arabia's extremism list

Saudi Arabia’s counter-extremism department announced the move on Twitter, where it warned its citizens and nationals to remain cautious against ...

Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

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Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

A young Saudi concert goer was accused of 'disrupting social etiquette' after a viral video showed her dancing in the traditional black abaya ...

Saudi clerics want to convert new tourists to Islam

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Saudi clerics want to convert new tourists to Islam

As tourists flock to the kingdom for the first time, some clerics have noticed a golden opportunity to spread God's word.

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Flamboyant Saudi influencer faces prison 'for wearing leopard-print shorts'

The 23-year old social media was arrested by security forces after posting an image of himself wearing shorts on Twitter.

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Visiting Saudi Arabia? 19 things illegal for tourists

Saudi Arabia said it would issue fines for 19 offences related to public decency, such as immodest dress and public ...

Stasa Salacanin

New nationalism on the rise​ in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is experiencing a powerful wave of new nationalism that is transforming domestic politics as well as the country's foreign policy.

Hakim Charles Khatib

What reform? The perils of Saudi 'public decency' law

Saudi Arabia's recent public decency law lays bare the limitations of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's "liberalising ...

Saudi Arabia bans Pablo Escobar Narcos t-shirt

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Saudi Arabia bans Pablo Escobar Narcos t-shirt

Any clothing portraying Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his infamous Medellín Cartel will be banned from Saudi Arabia.

Alessandra Bajec

Interview: Mounir Baatour, Tunisia’s first gay presidential candidate

The New Arab Meets: Mounir Baatour, a prominent lawyer and co-founder of Tunisia's first official LGBT+ organisation, who has launched his bid ...

'Pro-terrorist': Trump in new racist attack on Democratic congresswomen

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'Pro-terrorist': Trump in new racist attack on Democratic congresswomen

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his racist attacks against four Congresswomen of colour, falsely accusing them of being ...

Saudi <em>decency</em> law 'bans staring for over five seconds'

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Saudi decency law 'bans staring for over five seconds'

Staring at strangers for longer than five seconds will now be punishable under Saudi Arabia's new decency law.

Saudis criticise '<em>public</em> <em>decency</em>' law for banning shorts

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Saudis criticise 'public decency' law for banning shorts

Saudis have rallied online to criticise a new law that outlaws people from wearing clothes deemed to 'offend public tastes', including ...

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