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Rahaf, who lives in Canada, became the target of trolls after she posted a photo on social media wearing a bikini.

Lebanon PM Saad Hariri announces resignation 'to fix crisis'

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Lebanon PM Saad Hariri announces resignation 'to fix crisis'

Saad Hariri has announced he will submit his resignation to the president on Tuesday, bowing to the demands of protesters.

Lebanon PM Hariri to address nation amid resignation reports

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Lebanon PM Hariri to address nation amid resignation reports

Senior Lebanese officials say Saad Hariri's government will resign after almost two weeks of mass protests across the country.

Lebanese protests: Hezbollah endorses the counter-revolution of the corrupt

Justin Salhani

Lebanese protests: Hezbollah endorses the counter-revolution of the corrupt

Comment: After days of sitting on the fence, Hezbollah's leader has come out to harangue the anti-corruption protest movement in Lebanon, and ...

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'All of them means all of them,' Lebanon chants

Since mass demonstrations started on Thursday, the chortles of tens of thousands have rung out across the country until the late hours of the night.

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US banking sanctions on Hezbollah expose beggar as 'billionaire'

For years this destitute woman roamed the streets of Saida in south Lebanon, eliciting sympathy and begging passersby for money. Until everyone ...

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Saad Hariri 'gifted $16 million' to bikini model: reports

Saad Hariri gave more than $16 million to a bikini model, after they met in the Seychelles, according to South African court documents ...

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Woman loses custody of Saudi daughter over bikini photos

US woman living in Saudi Arabia lost custody of her four-year-old daughter after judge ruled she was “new to Islam” and might expose the ...

Halima Aden poses in hijab, burkini for Sports Illustrated

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Halima Aden poses in hijab, burkini for Sports Illustrated

The 21-year-old became the first swimsuit model to wear a burkini for the magazine, which is best known for its racy covers of clad ...

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Miss Iraq's family forced to flee after selfie backlash

The family of the Iraqi contestant in the Miss Universe pageant have fled the country following a backlash over photos posted online with her ...

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

Usman Butt

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

Book review: Ennahdha has until recently been impossible to investigate. Wolf's book sheds important light on one of Tunisia’s most influential ...

Video of '<em>bikini</em>-clad Muslim woman' praying sparks religious debate

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Video of 'bikini-clad Muslim woman' praying sparks religious debate

A video has emerged on Turkish social media of a bikini-clad woman praying on the seaside, sparking debate over her unorthodox act of ...

Saudia airline bans 'tight' and 'revealing' clothing on flights

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Saudia airline bans 'tight' and 'revealing' clothing on flights

Saudia passengers complained of missing flights and having to purchase 'modest' new clothing after being told they could not fly in their ...

<em>Bikini</em> revolution: Thousands of Algerian women protest against 'traditionalists'

The New Arab

Bikini revolution: Thousands of Algerian women protest against 'traditionalists'

More than 3,200 women have joined forces to protest against anti-bikini 'traditionalists' after an image was circulated online.

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Bikini-clad women in Saudi Arabia? Yes, really...

The new project to develop part of Saudi Arabia's coastline into a luxury tourism resort will be regulated by laws of 'international standard', possibly leading to a more liberal atmosphere.

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New Saudi resort to allow relaxed approach to Speedos

The new project to develop part of Saudi Arabia's coastline into a luxury tourism resort will be regulated by laws of 'international standard', ...

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Egypt professor faces dismissal over Facebook bellydancing video

The English literature professor at Suez University fears she may lose her job after posting a video of herself bellydancing on Facebook.

Sophia Akram

Everest to NYC: Female Saudi mountain-climber scales new summits

Interview: Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Everest, speaks to The New Arab about her work to smash stereotypes, and to advance ...

Freedom to think comes before freedom of dress

Saleem Aldajani

Freedom to think comes before freedom of dress

The burkini ban is more than just a debate about gender, blogs Saleem Aldajani.

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Ten women stopped over banned burkini in France

Ten Muslim women wearing burkinis to the beach have been stopped by police in the Cannes in the three weeks since a temporary ban was imposed on ...

Hypocrisy at #Rio2016: Women shamed for hijabs and mini-skirts

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Hypocrisy at #Rio2016: Women shamed for hijabs and mini-skirts

A photo of a hijab-wearing athlete has caused a stir online, while at the same time a British sports commentator has been shamed for wearing a ...

Egyptian beach volleyball player breaks <em>bikini</em> norm with hijab

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Egyptian beach volleyball player breaks bikini norm with hijab

Egyptians are beneficiaries of uniform regulations relaxed by the international volleyball federation to not exclude cultures that might be ...

No men allowed? Conservative Moroccan women demand ladies-only beaches

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No men allowed? Conservative Moroccan women demand ladies-only beaches

Women in Morocco have demanded that authorities set up a women-only public beach so that they can enjoy the sweltering summer heat away from the ...

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