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With wedding halls closed, couples in Gaza have settled for small and simple home ceremonies instead of traditionally elaborate celebrations.

Cases of domestic violence have increased five-fold since Tunisia implemented a full-scale lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

Iran arrests man who made coronavirus video

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Iran arrests man who made coronavirus video

Iran arrested a man for publishing a shocking video of coronavirus victims in Qom while simultaneously announcing new measures to combat the disease as the death toll rose to 92.

Iranians promise to boycott election as Khamenei loyalists lead

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Iranians promise to boycott election as Khamenei loyalists lead

Iranians are intending to boycott the upcoming general elections following a declining economic situation and tense relations with the US.

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Charlie Hoyle

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Sisi has long crafted an image as the protector of Coptic Christians, a community trapped between the state and society with protection from ...

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Egypt upholds controversial niqab ban for Cairo University staff

An Egypt court made a final, non-appealable decision upholding a ban on teaching staff wearing the face veil at Cairo University.

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Sudan protesters call for independent judiciary

The military had previously blocked the opposition's candidates for chief justice and attorney general.

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REVEALED: Sudan's first post-Bashir cabinet with four women ministers

Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is reportedly due to announce the transitional cabinet on Thursday evening.

Suraya Dadoo

In South Sudan, Israel is sowing seeds of war

Comment: In addition to its brutal military occupation of Palestine, Israel is also supplying the weapons to extend South Sudan's deadly civil ...

Congress opposes non-violent support <em>for</em> Palestinian rights

Mitchell Plitnick

Congress opposes non-violent support for Palestinian rights

Comment: Private citizens have few tools for creating the change they envision in Palestine, and the US government has no business ...

Aziza Nofal

Palestinian feminine mysticism in the Sufi corners of Nablus

Contrary to many other Arab countries, Sufis in Palestine are able to practice freely, with Sufis in Nablus having corners for ...

Yazidi <em>council</em> shuns children of <em>women</em> raped by IS

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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 ...

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 ...

French court denies appeal <em>for</em> IS followers to return

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French court denies appeal for IS followers to return

France and other European nations have been wrestling with how to handle the hundreds of foreign fighters and their families.

Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

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Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

Iraq's judiciary said the owners of a ferry that capsized in Mosul killing 100 people have been arrested.

Ariane Lavrilleux

FGM: Why is Egypt still world's biggest offender?

Despite being made illegal, FGM is still commonplace, with most cutting operations performed by doctors who should know better.

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The Iraq Report: A year of instability, chaos, corruption

The last of our regular round-ups from Iraq tackles the highs and lows of 2018.

Quratulain Fatima

Ethiopia: A bold chance for gender reform in Pakistan

Comment: It is time that the Prime Minister of Pakistan and his party empower women to be a catalyst for their own change, ...

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The Iraq Report: Changing of guard won't change Iraq

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features more on the new premier, Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has close ties to both Iran and the United States.

American feminists should drop the 'global saviour' rhetoric

Ebti Numari

American feminists should drop the 'global saviour' rhetoric

Comment: American women's activists should start by asking why the US has resisted ratifying global women's rights treaties and human rights ...

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Scrapping nuclear deal 'weakens moderates, emboldens hardliners' in Iran

Iran's President Rouhani staked his legacy on efforts to end decades of tension with the West. With the landmark nuclear deal unravelling, what ...

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and ...

Yemen rebels vow to avenge killing of political head

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Yemen rebels vow to avenge killing of political head

Following the coalition killing of Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad, Yemeni rebels have said they will take revenge.

The Iraq Report: 15 years of failure

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The Iraq Report: 15 years of failure

Far from spreading seeds of democracy, the US-led invasion of Iraq, 15 years ago, allowed dangerous forces to supplant the previous Baathist ...

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