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For Christians, the IS reign dealt a blow to a population already shrinking since the security breakdown and rise of militancy that followed the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Pope Francis said he will take a piece of Iraq with him and he hopes the country will 'heal'

How Palestinian-singer Bashar Murad challenges conservative norms with music

Elias Jahshan

How Palestinian-singer Bashar Murad challenges conservative norms with music

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and LGBT+ rights in the Middle East.

Turkish court clears actors of 'insulting' Erdogan

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Turkish court clears actors of 'insulting' Erdogan

Famous actors Mujdat Gezen and Metin Akpinar got acquitted by an Istanbul court over 'insulting' Turkish president Erdogan

Celebrated Turkish actor risks jail over Erdogan 'insult'

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Celebrated Turkish actor risks jail over Erdogan 'insult'

Acclaimed Turkish writer and actor Mujdat Gezen, 77, risks returning to jail on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Barack, Michelle Obama to host Ramadan podcast on Spotify

The announcement has drawn some less-than-impressed responses from social media users.

Nazli Tarzi

This community platform is diving deep into Arabic culture

Engineering a space to deep dive into Arabic history, Afikra is a movement of curious people keen to host lectures, debates, interviews and more ...

Courtney Freer

Evolving notions of citizenship in UAE and the Gulf

Comment: UAE's plan to expand citizenship reflects a nation keen to shore up its assets while protecting access to this traditionally exclusive ...

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Lebanese anti-Hezbollah intellectual Lokman Slim shot dead

Lokman Slim, a long-time critic of Hezbollah, had received death threats and pointed the finger to the Shiite group

Palestinian exile and resistance: There Where You Are Not

Ramona Wadi

Palestinian exile and resistance: There Where You Are Not

Book Club: There Where You Are Not offers an incredible glimpse into the experience of history as a Palestinian, and as the "other".

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UAE to offer citizenship to select expats

A path to citizenship will be available for 'investors, specialised talents and professionals'.

Morocco hands dissident historian one year prison sentence

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Morocco hands dissident historian one year prison sentence

A Moroccan court has sentenced dissident historian and human rights activist Maati Monjib to prison.

Google launches virtual home for Mosul's 'art and soul'

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Google launches virtual home for Mosul's 'art and soul'

An art collection and a virtual tour of Mosul's old city are available on the new platform.

Lebanese-Canadian academic to be tried over 1980 Paris bombing

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Lebanese-Canadian academic to be tried over 1980 Paris bombing

Lebanese-Canadian academic Hassan Diab, 67, will be tried over the 1980 Paris bombing.

Egypt court rejects 'ban' on singer Mohamed Ramadan

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Egypt court rejects 'ban' on singer Mohamed Ramadan

The case, brought forward by the head of the Egyptian Artists' Syndicate, requested the court refuse permits from the artist to sing in ...

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Trump's plans to outlaw BDS as 'anti-Semitic' scrapped

Mike Pompeo's plan to outlaw the BDS movement and to label it as anti-Semitic is now off the table under the new Biden administration.

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Egypt arrests cartoonist for marking January 25th Revolution anniversary

Egyptian authorities arrested a cartoonist for posting a video that marked the tenth anniversary of the January 25th pro-democracy uprising.

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Arab Spring exiles look back on Egypt uprising

A decade after the January 25 uprising, thousands of protesters are estimated to have fled to escape the President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ...

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2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

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

Struggling <em>artists</em> bring smiles in war-weary Yemen

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Struggling artists bring smiles in war-weary Yemen

The conflict affected everyone and everything in Yemen, and the art scene is no exception.

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A Sudan in transition presents first-ever film for Oscars

Acclaimed coming-of-age story 'You Will Die at Twenty' is only the eight film to have been made inside Sudan.

Obama's memoir and the Arab Spring

Horriya Marzouk

Obama's memoir and the Arab Spring

Barack Obama's recollection of his early White House years reopens the debate about the former US president's controversial Middle East policy.

Before a public memorial, Beirut needs to heal

Florence Massena

Before a public memorial, Beirut needs to heal

With homes still destroyed and no one held accountable for Beirut's devastating port blast, plans to build a memorial site could prove ...

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Yousra Samir Imran

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

In-depth: The decision to transfer imprisoned activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism tribunal is proof that little progress has been made ...

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