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Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

Israel's ambassador to Berlin, Jeremy Issacharoff, said he welcomed more active involvement of Germany in Middle East diplomacy.

Barcelona's Griezmann cuts Huawei links over Uighurs surveillance claims

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Barcelona's Griezmann cuts Huawei links over Uighurs surveillance claims

The World-Cup winning footballer took to Instagram to announce he was "immediately ending" his partnership with the company.

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

Sam Hamad

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

Comment: The Egyptian and French presidents are attempting to control the meaning of Islam to enact their domestic, authoritarian agendas, ...

Calligraphies of the Desert by Hassan Massoudy

Yousif Nur

Calligraphies of the Desert by Hassan Massoudy

Book Club: Iraqi calligrapher Hassan Massoudy draws inspiration from the words and wisdom of revered poets and writers who have lost themselves ...

Hanan Zaffar and Shaheen Abdulla

How India's 'Love Jihad' law demonises Muslims

In-depth: 'Love Jihad' is a conspiracy theory propagated by right-wing Hindu extremists, who accuse Muslim men of luring Hindu women into marriage to convert them to Islam.

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Algerians outraged by Macron’s statements of support for Tebboune

Statements of support by Emmanuel Macron for Algerian leader Abdelmadjid Tabboune have caused outrage in Algeria, with opposition leaders ...

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Obituary: Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and statesman

After a career in politics spanning decades, Saeb Erekat did not see the two-state solution he had fought for as chief negotiator.

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EU chief calls for body 'to train imams'

A European institute should be formed to train imams across the region, the EU chief suggested on Monday, amid weeks of heightened tensions.

France FM in Egypt affirms 'deep respect for Islam'

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France FM in Egypt affirms 'deep respect for Islam'

Jean-Yves Le Drian met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and will also meet Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of ...

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Thunberg hits back at Trump over anger management taunt

Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg told President Trump to 'chill' in a word-to-word repeat of his taunt to her last year.

Millennials in California strike a tone of cautious optimism

Suzy Woltmann

Millennials in California strike a tone of cautious optimism

At a watch party in California, Suzy Woltmann takes the temperature among a group of millennial voters.

Trump's follows Netanyahu's example to silence Israel critics

Mitchell Plitnick

Trump's follows Netanyahu's example to silence Israel critics

Comment: Trump is using a highly problematic definition of anti-Semitism to silence rights groups, while right-wing anti-Semitic violence ...

Turkey's Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods

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Turkey's Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called to boycott French-labelled goods after supermarket shelves in Qatar and Kuwait pulled French ...

Imran Khan accuses Macron of 'attacking Islam'

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Imran Khan accuses Macron of 'attacking Islam'

Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam", after the European leader criticised Islamists and defended the ...

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Azhar's top sheikh slams France's 'systemic Islamophobia'

The head of Egypt's most prestigious Sunni Islamic institution said slammed France's recent attacks on Islam, including insults against the Prophet Muhammad.

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Qatari supermarkets shun French products amid calls for boycott

Social media users in Qatar and other Gulf states have called for a boycott of French products in response to the country's alleged Islamophobia.

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French teacher's killer 'contacted pupil's father before attack'

Decapitated teacher Samuel Paty was in touch with a parent who was leading an online campaign against him.

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The Iraq Report: US troop withdrawal risks drone warfare

A drawdown of American diplomacy and the withdrawal of US land forces could instead herald enhanced military involvement in Iraq using air ...

Rihanna's Savage x Fenty clip made an honest mistake

Aniqah Choudhri

Rihanna's Savage x Fenty clip made an honest mistake

Comment: In a climate of rising Islamophobia, Muslims should feel free to speak up when something is offensive. Rihanna's show, though, was just ...

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Four injured in knife attack by former Hebdo offices

The attack came as the trial was underway for the alleged accomplices of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack.

Ammar 808: Tunisia's sonic mastermind returns with fusion electronica

Yousif Nur

Ammar 808: Tunisia's sonic mastermind returns with fusion electronica

The New Arab Meets: Tunisian electronic producer Ammar 808, whose new album blends the pulsating sounds of the Maghreb and south India.

Al-Qaeda threatens Charlie Hebdo for republishing Mohammed cartoons: SITE

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Al-Qaeda threatens Charlie Hebdo for republishing Mohammed cartoons: SITE

The extremist group warned Charlie Hebdo that it would be mistaken if thought the 2015 massacre would be a 'one off' attack.

Enigmatic Afghan Vice-President Saleh vows to keep fighting

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Enigmatic Afghan Vice-President Saleh vows to keep fighting

Afghanistan's Vice President Amrullah Saleh has vowed to 'keep fighting'

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