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Sanctions reimposed in 2018 by former US president Donald Trump do not directly target the gaming industry, but the risk of punitive measures prevents companies from offering services to Iranians.

A Lebanon-based women's group has called for the strongest possible punishment for the perpetrator of Zeina Kanjo's brutal femicide.

With new US administration, the Khashoggi case could resurface

Florence Massena

With new US administration, the Khashoggi case could resurface

After Joe Biden was sworn in as its 46th president, the US faces questions on how to approach Jamal Khashoggi's murder blamed on the Saudi government, a key US ally.

Washington DC could rename Saudi embassy street after Khashoggi

The New Arab Staff

Washington DC could rename Saudi embassy street after Khashoggi

A member of the city council of Washington DC has introduced a proposal to rename the street where Saudi Arabia’s embassy is located after ...

Brexit becomes reality as UK quits EU single market

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Brexit becomes reality as UK quits EU single market

While the EU tariff- and quota-free trade deal averted potential business chaos in the immediate future, the divorce will play out in ...

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and sectarian persecution.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

Activists see Loujain al-Hathloul as an "incredible fierce and resolute" champion of women's rights who represented the kingdom's modern ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

With Biden, Britain's Brexiteers lose cheerleader

Brexiteers will be waving goodbye to a US led by Donald Trump, as Joe Biden is set to take over.

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream ...

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq 'shrine factions' look to peel away from Hashed

Four warring factions in Iraq threaten the country's fragility.

A dispatch from India's culture war

Shashi Tharoor

A dispatch from India's culture war

Comment: Much of India has long celebrated the intermingling of Hindu and Muslim practices, but an Islamophobic, BJP-sponsored law now threatens ...

Unregulated state-backed marriage loans in Iran 'exploiting vulnerable children'

The New Arab Staff

Unregulated state-backed marriage loans in Iran 'exploiting vulnerable children'

Child marriage in Iran is being facilitated by state banks that are giving off unregulated loans to those who want to marry.

Ex-French president Giscard d'Estaing dies of Coronavirus at 94

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Ex-French president Giscard d'Estaing dies of Coronavirus at 94

The former president died at the age of 94 due to complications because of covid-19, his family revealed.

A Match Made In Heaven: Muslim women talk desire

Tahmina Begum

A Match Made In Heaven: Muslim women talk desire

Book Club: A new anthology of stories by British Muslim women exploring romance and desire proves to be a powerful and nuanced response to ...

Carmen Geha

Lebanon's impenetrable glass ceiling

Comment: Women in Lebanon are fighting not just for better representation, but a complete overhaul of a male-dominated system that fosters inertia, corruption and greed, writes Carmen Geha.

Gasia Ohanes

Egypt's 'Butcher of Giza' confesses to two more killings

New investigations in Egypt have revealed the gory details of vile series of murders by a suspect dubbed the 'Butcher of Giza'.

The New Arab Staff

UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to ...

The New Arab Staff

Lebanon falling short on women's rights: HRW

Human Rights Watch has slammed Lebanon for failing to protect women from human rights abuses and not making progress on women's rights.

Dark crimes spotlight Iraqi women's mental health epidemic

Nazli Tarzi

Dark crimes spotlight Iraqi women's mental health epidemic

A mother's shocking crime has sparked an outpouring of anguish in Iraq, but also shows society's poor understanding of mental health issues and ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqi father faces militia as he seeks missing son

Jasb’s father has been searching for justice that has run repeatedly against one major obstacle: the increasing helplessness of Iraq’s ...

Sudanese child 'gang raped by 14 people'

The New Arab Staff

Sudanese child 'gang raped by 14 people'

A shocking crime has triggered outrage across Sudan after a forensic report confirmed an eight-year-old girl was repeatedly raped by at least 14 ...

Friedman's 'Mrs Israel, Mr Emirates affair' analogy sparks mockery

The New Arab Staff

Friedman's 'Mrs Israel, Mr Emirates affair' analogy sparks mockery

Thomas Friedman's latest take on Middle Eastern affairs has not gone down well.

The price of honour

Farrah Akbik

The price of honour

Comment: Arab women have been servicing their men for far too long. From acts of intimidation to fatal domestic violence, this abuse and ...

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