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In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and sectarian persecution.

Some 200 checkpoints have been abandoned - some with weapons left behind - by Afghan personnel.

Saudi imams fired for not warning against Muslim Brotherhood

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Saudi imams fired for not warning against Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia's religious affairs minister said the move highlighted the importance of following state directives.

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

Al Azhar issues fatwa forbidding Muslim Brotherhood membership

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Al Azhar issues fatwa forbidding Muslim Brotherhood membership

The move follows similar actions by Saudi Arabia and the UAE's fatwa councils.

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Iraq devises new security plan to guard liquor stores

Iraq's security forces will be deployed to protect liquor shops in the capital following vigilante attacks.

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Sisi weary of backlash over planned Netanyahu visit: source

As Netanyahu is reportedly set to embark on official visit to Egypt, but sources said Egyptian President Sisi and Israeli premier Netanyahu have ...

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Seventeen Malaysian Islamic organisations reject Muslim Brotherhood 'terror' designation

The joint statement said the Saudi move was based on false accusations and judgements without evidence.

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Prominent US imam withdraws from convention over UAE concerns

Imam Khalid Latif said he would not be taking part in this year's Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto over actions taken by the ...

UAE religious authority brands Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist organisation'

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UAE religious authority brands Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist organisation'

The UAE is the latest to take aim at the Muslim Brotherhood despite a global statement by Islamic scholars condemning such moves.

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Iran-backed militants in Iraq launch 'Sharia youth groups'

'Little known' groups could be linked to the pro-Iran, US-proscribed terrorist organisation Iraqi Hezbollah, posing a 'threat' to the country's ...

Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh

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Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights in the ...

Saudi council urged to review Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist' designation

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Saudi council urged to review Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist' designation

Islamic scholars are calling for unity in the face of ideological differences after Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars called the Muslim ...

Afghan forces capture 'mastermind' of Kabul university attack

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Afghan forces capture 'mastermind' of Kabul university attack

At least 22 people were killed and another 27 wounded when three gunmen rampaged through the university on November 2, spraying classrooms with ...

When 'freedom of speech' means just the opposite

Malia Bouattia

When 'freedom of speech' means just the opposite

Comment: The abject failure of European counter-terror policies is clear for all to see. Doubling down on them will only worsen the problem, ...

Brooke Anderson

Arab and Muslim candidates take on local US politics

In-depth: Aside from winning their races, Arab and Muslim politicians also have to win over sceptics.

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Kuwait's boycott of French goods over cartoons expands

Kuwait's Union of Consumer Co-operative Societies said 60 of its 69 stores had pulled French-made products, as a movement to boycott French ...

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Yemen's Houthis prohibit use of Whatsapp

The Jiblah District Prosecutor in central Yemen's Ibb Governorate has directed police to arrest anyone who downloads or uses Whatsapp.

Yousra Samir Imran

Sudan's revolution and the broken promise of women's rights

Women fuelled Sudan's revolution, but the promise of greater gender equality remains elusive.

7 dead in botched Egypt prison break

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7 dead in botched Egypt prison break

Egypt held military funerals Thursday for three policemen killed as they prevented four convicts on death row from staging a prison break.

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Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

Afghanistan's warring sides started negotiations on Saturday, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government for ...

Trump revives racist 'birther' conspiracy theory for Kamala Harris

Mobashra Tazamal

Trump revives racist 'birther' conspiracy theory for Kamala Harris

Comment: Just as they did for Obama, Republicans and right-wing media will level their attacks not against Harris's policy positions, but ...

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs

Josh Ruebner

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs

Book Club: Elizabeth Thompson chronicles a pivotal moment in modern history when Arab nationalists established a representative democracy - and ...

Saudi Arabia jails Yemeni blogger over LGBTQ+ rights support

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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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