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Azerbaijani forces have entered the Kalabjar district, which was handed over by Armenia under a Russian-sponsored deal to end fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijani troops entered the Aghdam district, one of three handed back to Baku in a Russian-brokered peace deal with Armenia.

Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

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Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

Filipino bands, a mainstay of nightlife across the Gulf and Asia, face an uncertain fate as the Covid-19 pandemic draws crowds away from clubs.

Pakistan has a problem, but castration isn't the answer

Zahra Khozema

Pakistan has a problem, but castration isn't the answer

Comment: Calls for castration and hanging as punishment for rape have been growing, but such draconian measures fail to tackle the root cause of ...

System of a Down releases comeback single 'for Armenia'

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System of a Down releases comeback single 'for Armenia'

Award-winning metal band System of a Down say they are grateful for an outpour of support after they released their first single in 15 ...

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

Hariri's comeback met with scorn and apathy in Lebanon

In-depth: Saad Hariri is back by unpopular demand after winning the backing of a narrow majority, almost exactly a year after he resigned amidst an unprecedented civil uprising.

Malia Bouattia

The Coronavirus Act should have been reformed, not renewed

Comment: People in the UK need help, infrastructure, and funding, not more police and repression, writes Malia Bouattia.

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LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

Egyptian police and prosecutors have been accused of inflicting verbal abuse, extracting forced confessions and denying detainees access to ...

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Human footprints dating back 120,000 years found in Saudi

Scientists have found footprints dating back 120,000 in northern Saudi Arabia, shedding new light on the human journey out of Africa and into ...

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland

Assia Belgacem

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland

Book Club: Carol Isaacs's stunning graphic novel is a vivid journey into the history of Iraq's Jewish community.

Ali Adam

Unending blockade: Gaza ceasefire reinstates Israel's preferred status quo

Analysis: The truce reflects Israel's policy of maintaining the status quo in the Gaza Strip - a permanent blockade.

Libya unity government names new defence officials after protests

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Libya unity government names new defence officials after protests

The appointments come days after GNA chief Fayez al-Sarraj announced a government reshuffle.

Iranian metal <em>band</em> escape country following 15-year prison term

The New Arab Staff

Iranian metal band escape country following 15-year prison term

All three members of the Iranian heavy metal band Arsames have managed to escape the country after being sentenced to 15 years ...

Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold talks on Syria

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Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold talks on Syria

Turkey, Russia and Iran have been holding talks on Syria via the Astana process.

Yemen weddings air on live TV amid coronavirus shutdown

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Yemen weddings air on live TV amid coronavirus shutdown

Yemeni couples have turned to TV so their families and friends can join in on wedding celebrations despite the coronavirus shutdown.

The New Arab Staff

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

A cleric in Egypt clarified it is permissible to mourn the lives of atheists and homosexuals, after a debate was triggered by the death of queer feminist Sarah al-Hegazy.

The New Arab Staff

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Today in coronavirus news from the Middle East: Yemen broadcasts weddings on live TV, Iranian officials call for mandatory masks, Egypt's ...

Yousra Samir Imran

Arab LGBT community mourns the loss of Sara Hegazy

The death of Egyptian activist Sara Hegazy sent shockwaves through the Arab LGBT community.

The New Arab Staff

Turkey transgender woman sues neighbours over years of harassment

Turkish trans woman Ajda Ender has finally had her lawsuit accepted by a court after more than a decade of 'gender-based harassment' and ...

Trump signs order on police reform, doesn’t mention racism

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump signs order on police reform, doesn’t mention racism

Trump and Republicans have been rushing to respond to the mass demonstrations against police brutality and racial prejudice.

Rasha Younes

For Sarah Hegazy: In rage, in grief, in exhaustion

Comment: Sarah Hegazy was driven to take her life by Egypt's state-powered, lethal patriarchy. As we continue to resist, may she rest, spared of ...

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

Mel Plant

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ ...

Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

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Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

Egyptian LGBT activist Sara Hegazy, who took her own life in Canada where she lived in exile, had been "oppressed" by the Cairo government, ...

Enjoying Black art comes with a duty to reflect

Nikkolas Smith

Enjoying Black art comes with a duty to reflect

Comment: This is a crucial moment. It's up to us to take a stand and actively work to tear down this centuries-old pandemic, writes concept ...

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