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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.

Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab has won an Emmy International Award for her critically acclaimed film For Sama, which tells the heartbreaking story of life in besieged Aleppo.

Four Arabs named among TIME's 'Most Influential People 2020'

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Four Arabs named among TIME's 'Most Influential People 2020'

Oscar-nominated Syrian filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab is listed among TIME magazine's 'Most Influential People of 2020'.

Bahrainis protest US-sponsored Israel normalisation deal

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Bahrainis protest US-sponsored Israel normalisation deal

The protests against Bahrains' normalisation of relations with Israel are a rare display of dissent in the small oil-rich kingdom.

Bahrain's opposition slams 'betrayal' of Palestinians following Israel normalisation

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Bahrain's opposition slams 'betrayal' of Palestinians following Israel normalisation

The hashtags "Bahrainis against normalisation" and "normalisation is betrayal" were trending on Twitter after US President Donald Trump ...

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Daughter of Syrian Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker goes to school

The documentary filmmaker won several awards for her documentary about life in Aleppo during Bashar al-Assad's seige.

Noor Ghazal Aswad

On World Refugee Day, let's remember our revolutionary refugees

Comment: We must expand our understanding of the refugee figure beyond the spectacle of suffering, to a celebration of bravery and revolution, ...

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Award-winning 'For Sama' director pays tribute to NHS workers

Kateab's Oscar-nominated 'For Sama' followed doctors on the frontlines in Aleppo. Now the Syrian director has filmed British doctors fighting ...

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Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

The Syrian Liberal Party aims at keeping the dreams of the 2011 revolution alive and bring about a free and liberal Syria.

Syrian 'For Sama' director stuns Oscars in Arabic-calligraphy dress

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Syrian 'For Sama' director stuns Oscars in Arabic-calligraphy dress

'For Sama' won the BAFTA for Best Documentary this year, but narrowly missed out on the Academy Award to 'American Factory'.

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Afghan skateboarding documentary wins Oscar

The documentary follows young girls of Kabul learning to skate amid the ongoing deadly war.

Will Syrian documentary For Sama win at the Oscars?

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Will Syrian documentary For Sama win at the Oscars?

Harrowing Syrian war documentary For Sama is in the running for best feature documentary at Sunday's Oscars.

Daleks in Aleppo? Dr Who to visit medieval Syria

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Daleks in Aleppo? Dr Who to visit medieval Syria

The next episode of the popular BBC science fiction show Dr Who will be set in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the year 1380.

Syrian war documentary For Sama wins Best Documentary BAFTA

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Syrian war documentary For Sama wins Best Documentary BAFTA

A documentary film about a young mother's experience amid the Syrian civil war took home a Best Documentary win and 4 nominations at the 2020 ...

For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

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For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

The Cave and For Sama have been nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars.

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Syrian war documentary nominated for record number of Baftas

Waad Al-Kataeb's harrowing film tracing 5 years of the Syrian revolution and conflict has picked up more Bafta nominations than any documentary in history.

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Five positives to take from 2019

Here are five stories that lifted our spirits in 2019.

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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 ...

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Syrian documentary For Sama shortlisted for Oscar

The films were shortlisted alongside 15 others in the Academy Awards, and in January five will be chosen to go forward to The Oscars ceremony.

Saudi claims it released citizens arrested last month

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Saudi claims it released citizens arrested last month

An anonymous Saudi official said 11 citizens detained last month have been released and that although they haven't been indicted, charges could ...

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Saudi Arabia launches new crackdown on writers, academics

A campaign group has alleged the ultraconservative kingdom has launched a fresh arrest campaign against suspected dissidents.

American VP avoids Baghdad leaders on 'stealthy' Iraq visit

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American VP avoids Baghdad leaders on 'stealthy' Iraq visit

In his first visit as vice president, Pence visited American troops at Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq's Anbar province, but was not ...

Syrian filmmaker portrays everyday life during bloody conflict

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Syrian filmmaker portrays everyday life during bloody conflict

The film shows intimate realities of everyday lives during the war: the absurdity of laughter as missiles crash down overhead, snowball fights, ...

Award-winning director vows to continue showing Syria’s reality

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Award-winning director vows to continue showing Syria’s reality

Waad al-Kateab, the director of the award-winning documentary film For Sama, has vowed to continue showing the ...

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