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More than 80 members of Saudi Arabia's Shia Muslim community have been executed since 2016. None of their bodies have been handed over to family members.

Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout the authorities' advice to stay away from crowded spaces.

Iraq's Shia defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

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Iraq's Shia defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

There are worries coronavirus will spread further in Iraq as pilgrims flout distancing guidelines and attend the commemoration of a revered imam in large numbers.

Iran sanctions put us all at risk during coronavirus

Arash Azizi

Iran sanctions put us all at risk during coronavirus

Comment: The disastrous coronavirus outbreak in Iran shows two things: the need for reform, and the dangers of state collapse, writes Arash ...

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

Paul Iddon

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this ...

The New Arab

Iraqi women activists launch magazine for International Women's Day

#IWD2020: The Women of Nineveh magazine hopes to give a voice to the women of northern Iraq's diverse religious and ethnic groups.

Josh Ruebner

Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC may have lost Democrats for good

Opinion: With presidential candidates boycotting its conference and Congressmen publically calling it a hate group, AIPAC may have finally lost ...

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

Suzan Quitaz

The Kingdom of Bahrain is reaching out to Israel

The associations between Israel and some Gulf monarchies like Bahrain have evolved to a point where they have transformed the geopolitical map ...

Iraq's prime minister falls but the system remains

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Iraq's prime minister falls but the system remains

Following Adel Abdul Mahdi's resignation as prime minister, Iraqi protesters remain unsatisfied with the ethnosectarian quotas which have ...

The New Arab & agencies

Malaysia slams tattoo exhibition as 'porn' over half-naked pics

The Muslim-majority country had initially supported the three-day show which ended Sunday but after seeing the pictures said it did not reflect ...

Saudi FM compares 'ridiculous' regional rival Iran to Hitler

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Saudi FM compares 'ridiculous' regional rival Iran to Hitler

Adel Al-Jubeir made the remarks at the annual Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.

Egyptian newspaper runs discriminatory 'trinity of evil' headline

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Egyptian newspaper runs discriminatory 'trinity of evil' headline

The editor of Egyptian newspaper Youm7 described the Muslim Brotherhood, Jewish people and Shia Muslims as the 'trinity of evil'.

The new patriotism in Lebanon and Iraq

Imad K. Harb

The new patriotism in Lebanon and Iraq

Comment: Lebanese and Iraqi demonstrators are picking up the banner of a dignified national identity that has been submerged under the guise of ...

Tuk-tuk: The unlikely symbol of a revolution in Iraq

Taif Alkhudary

Tuk-tuk: The unlikely symbol of a revolution in Iraq

Comment: A month after Iraq erupted in protest, we should celebrate the new informed, resourceful and creative generation that is now emerging, ...

Sam Hamad

Baghdadi dead, but the turmoil he thrived on continues

Comment: US policy in the region has bolstered the forces that allowed IS to rise, while weakening the forces that have fought it, writes Sam Hamad.

Karim Traboulsi

Five things you need to know about Lebanon's protests

Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have hit the streets to protest government corruption and austerity measures and to ...

Bashdar Ismaeel

After years of suffering, Iraqis refuse to be silenced

Comment: With anti-government protests spreading through the streets of Iraq, Abdul Mahdi's mandate may be over before it's really begun, writes ...

Judit Neurink

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Comment: If Iraq's party system based on religion, ethnicity and endemic clientelism is not addressed, protests will recur and frustration will ...

Iraqi Shia holy city of Karbala mourns stampede deaths

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Iraqi Shia holy city of Karbala mourns stampede deaths

Tuesday’s tragic incident was the deadliest mass stampede in recent history during the Shia holy day of Ashura, whose commemorative marches were ...

The New Arab & agencies

Malaysia detains dozens of Shias in new crackdown

Religious authorities in Selangor confirmed the arrests and said it was because Shia teachings are banned in the state, the official Bernama ...

IS bombing near Shia mosque in Iraq kills 3

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IS bombing near Shia mosque in Iraq kills 3

A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shia mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34, Iraqi ...

Afghanistan vows to crush IS havens after attack

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Afghanistan vows to crush IS havens after attack

President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been sidelined from US talks with the Taliban, promised to 'eliminate' Islamic State from ...

Nigerian Shia leader leaves India hospital after 'despicable mistreatment'

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Nigerian Shia leader leaves India hospital after 'despicable mistreatment'

The Free Zakzaky global campaign said the Nigerian cleric had left the hospital in India after being denied treatment and harassed by ...

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