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World leaders have sent messages of congratulations to President Biden, with many hoping that a change in attitudes and approach will follow his inauguration.

A radical cleric linked to Indonesia's worst terror attack was freed from prison.

Controversial Israeli chief rabbi visits Dubai for school opening

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Controversial Israeli chief rabbi visits Dubai for school opening

Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef has travelled to Dubai to open a Jewish nursery school, in the first ever visit by a sitting chief rabbi to an Arab country

Iraq's Yazidis crown new <em>spiritual</em> <em>leader</em>

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Iraq's Yazidis crown new spiritual leader

Ali Alyas has been formally named as the Yazidi 'Baba Sheikh'.

Pompeo in Turkey for visit with no official talks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pompeo in Turkey for visit with no official talks

Mike Pompeo met with the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox world as talks to arrange a meeting with the Turkish president ...

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Erdogan turned down meeting with Pompeo: report

Pompeo will not be meeting with top Turkish officials during his visit, after President Erdogan and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu reportedly turned down meeting requests.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pompeo heads to see allies turning page on Trump

With President Donald Trump refusing to concede and making unsubstantiated claims of fraud, Mike Pompeo, one of his most loyal aides, has dug in ...

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Turkey forewarns Pompeo on religion ahead of visit

The US secretary of state is visiting Turkey, where he will speak of religious freedom, to Erdogan's annoyance.

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Rioters snatch Druze religious leader's body after Covid-19 death

Druze religious leaders have distanced themselves from the rioters who snatched Sheikh Hassan Halabi's body from an Israeli hospital.

Freed French hostage reveals conversion to Islam in Mali

The New Arab Staff

Freed French hostage reveals conversion to Islam in Mali

Seventy-five-year-old Sophie Petronin says she 'transformed detention... into a spiritual retreat' while captive in Mali.

Mobashra Tazamal

Stop using Islam as the yardstick for white terrorism

Comment: On her show, TV host Joy Reid cast Islam and Muslims as the standard for radicalisation in the US, ignoring the country's own violent ...

Lucid dreaming: A universal passport to freedom of movement?

Anu Shukla

Lucid dreaming: A universal passport to freedom of movement?

From the metaphysical to the political, spoken word artist Potent Whisper explores the concept of lucid dreaming.

Coronavirus crisis sparks a young Israeli anti-government protest movement

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Coronavirus crisis sparks a young Israeli anti-government protest movement

Thousands have been taking to the streets several times a week to protest the Israeli government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

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First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

Thousands of people gathered for worship at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as it controversially reopened as a mosque after being used as a museum ...

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status

The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between nationalist, conservative and religious groups.

Sana Uqba

Islam's Prophet Muhammad's pandemic advice goes viral in 2020

Advice given more than 1,400 years by Islam's Prophet Muhammad has gone viral in 2020, as the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Orthodox congregations watch Easter services from home during lockdown

Televised and online services replaced the usually packed-out Orthodox Easter congregations across Eastern Europe and the Middle East as ...

The New Arab

Coronavirus 'a valid excuse' to abandon fasting: Khamenei

The fatwa was prompted by an enquiry on the issue of abstaining from food and drink during the Covid-19 crisis, which has gripped the Islamic ...

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Orthodox Easter celebrated at home, UK criticised over ethnic minority Covid-19 deaths, Iranians permitted not to fast over ...

Medics and martyrdom: Iran's dying doctors

Kamal Afzali

Medics and martyrdom: Iran's dying doctors

Forty-three doctors and nurses have so far died fighting the virus in Iran's unmitigated national tragedy.

The New Arab

Shocking video shows dozens of Iran corpses awaiting burial

At least 77 people have died in Iran after contracting the novel coronavirus, reports said on Tuesday, as a shocking video of unburied bodies ...

Syrian Sufis fear extremists fighting alongside Turkish army

Sylvain Mercadier

Syrian Sufis fear extremists fighting alongside Turkish army

With the ongoing Turkish offensive in Syria, the Sufi community in Amudeh city, northern Syria, fear they may be one of their many victims.

Iraq and Lebanon protests: Iran watches in the wings

Sam Hamad

Iraq and Lebanon protests: Iran watches in the wings

Comment: Iran is eyeing inter-sect anti-government protests in Iraq and Lebanon with alarm, writes Sam Hamad.

Iraq's Sistani urges restraint to avoid protest 'chaos'

The New Arab

Iraq's Sistani urges restraint to avoid protest 'chaos'

Sistani's weekly sermon was delivered by his representatives shortly after two demonstrators died in renewed protests in Baghdad on Friday.

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