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In a 'landmark' court ruling, an Israeli diamond magnate was sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges.

Kimia Alizadeh took the bronze medal for taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She hopes to compete for Germany in Tokyo this year.

Muslim women can jump: Defying stereotypes in sports

Sami Rahman

Muslim women can jump: Defying stereotypes in sports

Society: As more and more Muslim women take the sporting world by storm, seeing the hijab in a stadium, or even the ring, is quickly becoming the norm.

Syrian refugee Sara Mardini released from Greek pre-trial detention

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian refugee Sara Mardini released from Greek pre-trial detention

Sara Mardini, a Syrian swimmer, has been released from jail in Greece after she helped a group of refugees.

Guns and Christians: Bolsonaro's Israel embassy move explained

Charlie Hoyle

Guns and Christians: Bolsonaro's Israel embassy move explained

A growing Christian Zionist political base, access to Israel's military hardware, and alignment with Trump's America lie at the heart of ...

The New Arab

Syrian refugee 'hero swimmer' arrested by Greek authorities

Sara Mardini, 23, was arrested by Greek authorities along with other members of the ERCI for 'helping refugees enter Greece illegally'

Hilary Aked

Argentina make a Messi of Israel's anti-BDS campaign

Comment: Despite Israel's efforts to smother BDS, the Argentinian team's move proves decisively that the movement can and will continue to grow ...

The New Arab

World Cup-bound Saudi referee red carded following bribery charges

Saudi Arabia has banned a referee for life over bribery charges, despite Fahad al-Mirdasi due to appear in the World Cup next month.

The New Arab & agencies

French 'Islamic State executioner' killed: sources

Maxime Hauchard, a French jihadist sought by French and US authorities since emerging in an Islamic State execution video in Syria, has been ...

Levelling the playing field at 19000 feet

Ben Jacobs

Levelling the playing field at 19000 feet

Long read: a team of women footballers from across the Middle East broke a world record when they played a game on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, ...

The New Arab

A Barbie doll encountered Islamophobia and people aren't happy

American right-wing commentator Ann Coulter, who is no stranger to Islamophobic remarks, had something to say about the Barbie designed to ...

A Barbie doll encountered Islamophobia and people aren't happy

The New Arab

A Barbie doll encountered Islamophobia and people aren't happy

American right-wing commentator Ann Coulter, who is no stranger to Islamophobic remarks, had something to say about the Barbie designed to ...

First hijab-wearing Barbie honours US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

The New Arab & agencies

First hijab-wearing Barbie honours US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

American group Mattel revealed its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll in honour of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first ...

Women leaders and pioneers are Qatar's pride

Maryam Al-Khater

Women leaders and pioneers are Qatar's pride

Comment: Qatar's modern renaissance was the result of the vision of both its men and women, including Sheikha Moza, argues Maryam al-Khater

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

Ben Jacobs

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

Exclusive: A city of amputees, back-street abortions and chemical weapons-massacres is also a city of survivors, and their hope, reports Ben ...

The New Arab

Kuwaiti minister resigns ahead of confidence vote

Kuwait's information and youth minister resigned on Monday, two days before he was scheduled to face a confidence vote over a sports ban, a government source and parliamentarians said.

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Eight times Saudi women smashed the status-quo in 2016

Known as being highly-conservative, Saudi Arabia – the only country to ban women from driving – still has some way to achieve equal rights, but ...

The New Arab & agencies

The athletes representing the dispossessed in Rio's paralympics

A Syrian and an Iranian refugees are competing in the 2016 Paralympics and hoping to bring some pride back to those made homeless by ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian Paralympic refugee dreams of home

Ibrahim Al-Hussein is swimming in the Rio Paralympics as a refugee, but the excitement of the event pales against his real dream - ...

Meet the Syrian swimmer in first Paralympics 'refugee team'

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Meet the Syrian swimmer in first Paralympics 'refugee team'

Ibrahim Al Hussein lost his leg in a rocket strike. Fleeing to Greece for a better life, he hopes to inspire fellow refugees to reach their ...

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Paralympics 2016: The Arab athletes to watch

Triumphing over adversity, these are the Arab world's inspiring Paralympians to cheer on in Rio.

A new golden age of Muhammads at <em>Rio</em> Olympics

Jamil Hussein

A new golden age of Muhammads at Rio Olympics

The most popular Muslim name has brought good luck to the British Olympic team, in a testament to the success of multiculturalism, blogs Jamil ...

Chutzpah: Israel 'appropriates' gold-medal win by Palestinians it expelled

The New Arab

Chutzpah: Israel 'appropriates' gold-medal win by Palestinians it expelled

What does it take for a Palestinian refugee to become an Israeli? Recent Israeli headlines suggest an Olympic gold medal is what it takes.

<em>Rio</em> <em>2016</em>: Israel's last Olympics?

Hilary Aked

Rio 2016: Israel's last Olympics?

Comment: Policies of white supremacy and racial segregation have previously led countries to be banned from the Olympics. Is it time for a ...

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