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Controversy in Tunisia over 'dangerous' coronavirus quarantine plans

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Controversy in Tunisia over 'dangerous' coronavirus quarantine plans

The mayor of Hammam Chott is strongly opposed to the health ministry's choice of his seaside town as a potential quarantine location for a coronavirus outbreak.

Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

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Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Visitors converged on the town's large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus' birthplace.

Lebanon protesters celebrate 'real' independence day

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Lebanon protesters celebrate 'real' independence day

Tens of thousands had massed across the country for outdoor festivities - the upbeat mood in stark contrast to the sober state ceremonies held ...

Nizar Hassan

Lebanon burns with hope and fury

Comment: A week of wildfires and angry protest has brought out the very worst in Lebanese politics, and the very best in its people, writes Nizar Hassan.

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K-pop boyband BTS slammed over planned Saudi Arabia concert

News of BTS' planned October concert in Saudi Arabia has sparked a Twitter storm over the country's human rights abuses against women and the ...

Nicholas Frakes

Giving marginalised youth a voice in Lebanon through theatre

Feature: British NGO Seenaryo and the Yaabad Scouts have been working together in Lebanon, using theatre as a way for people to express ...

The New Arab

Yazidi council shuns children of women raped by IS

The Yazidi Supreme Spiritual Council has back-pedalled from its earlier decision to accept children of rape into their community after an ...

Iraqi Yazidis to accept children of IS 'sex slaves'

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Iraqi Yazidis to accept children of IS 'sex slaves'

Thousands of Yazidi women were forced into slavery by IS and raped in 2014. Yazidis now say that the children of these rapes will be accepted ...

Jalal Bounouar

The Arab world's new wave of football academies

Analysis: Developing football in the Arab world requires investment and patience to stop talent leaving for European leagues, notes Jalal ...

Muslim American enclave 'Islamberg' urges justice after foiled attack

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Muslim American enclave 'Islamberg' urges justice after foiled attack

A Muslim group called on Wednesday for full prosecutions against the four people accused of plotting an attack on the group's rural enclave ...

Four charged over plot to bomb NY Muslim community

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Four charged over plot to bomb NY Muslim community

Police have charged three men and a school student over allegedly plotting to bomb a Muslim community in rural upstate New York.

Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

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Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city's largest Christmas ...

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Wonder Wednesday

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Wonder Wednesday

Three matches in one day - don't miss all the action from Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia and Iran-Spain at Russia 2018. Keep refreshing ...

The New Arab

Iraq scouts make comeback in former IS bastion Mosul

More than 200 male and female scout leaders from across Iraq recently converged on Mosul, months after its liberation from Islamic State militants.

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Al-Qaeda in Syria losing ground amid fierce rivalries

Beset by infighting and assassinations, the extremist group has been driven from nearly all of the northern province of Aleppo in the past three ...

The New Arab & agencies

Libyans mark seven years since uprising that toppled Gaddafi

In Tripoli, Libyans thronged the central Martyrs' Square waving the country's red-green-black flag, marking seven years since the uprising that ...

Uri Levy

Eyes on Morocco: This week in Middle East football

Morocco is shooting for the 2026 World Cup following an outstanding performance in the Championship of African Nations.

Another subdued Palestinian Christmas in Bethlehem

The New Arab

Another subdued Palestinian Christmas in Bethlehem

Donald Trump's controversial announcement that the US will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has not prevented Palestinian Christians from ...

Uri Levy

World Cup fever: This week in Middle East football

Syria's Omar Khribin is named Asian Player of the Year as the region gears up for two Middle Eastern derbies following the World Cup draw.

Morocco tourists make tracks on 007's 'desert express'

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Morocco tourists make tracks on 007's 'desert express'

The Orient Desert Express, made famous in the 2015 Bond movie "Spectre", trundles tourists between the town of Oujda and the former mining city ...

Career or country? This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Career or country? This week in Middle East football

Blog: Kenny Saief, the Israeli-Druze midfielder, has chosen to represent the United States, while a summer of transfers awaits, writes Uri Levy.

Trump hails "unbreakable" bond between US and Israel

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Trump hails "unbreakable" bond between US and Israel

Trump flew in to Tel Aviv from Saudi Arabia on Monday, after receiving a lavish welcome from the Saudi royal family, and received a similarly ...

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