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In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign visitors to get an Iraqi visa on arrival.

Iran is braced for a fourth coronavirus wave after millions of people travelled across the country for new years celebrations despite authorities urging social distancing.

Naked models arrested in Dubai face jail

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Naked models arrested in Dubai face jail

A video depicting naked women on a balcony in Dubai led the police to arrest a group of people for 'public debauchery'.

Dubai police arrest group over video of naked women

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Dubai police arrest group over video of naked women

A video depicting naked women on a balcony in Dubai led the police to arrest a group of people for "public debauchery".

Syria to close schools and universities over virus surge

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Syria to close schools and universities over virus surge

Syria's primary schools will close their doors from Monday, where cases are said to have risen dramatically last week. Universities will be ...

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India’s Gulf workers in Covid-19 reverse migration chaos

Migrant workers from India have helped build Gulf economies, but many have fallen victim to the Covid-19 crisis.

Malia Bouattia

Kill the bill: Resisting a UK police state

Comment: A repressive new policing bill has been postponed, but anger over Covid failures, BLM and the Everard demonstrations points to the ...

Victoria Silva

No space for criticism: Jordan's authoritarian shift

In-depth: Ten years after the Arab Spring there is no sign of reform, just growing economic and social distress and a reduced space for citizens ...

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Twitter to appoint Turkey representative: official

Social media regulations in force since October require the big platforms to appoint representatives who can handle court orders to quickly take ...

Lebanon’s new sexual harassment law too limited: HRW

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Lebanon’s new sexual harassment law too limited: HRW

Human Rights Watch says Lebanon's current legislation on sexual harassment only deals with it as a criminal matter, neglecting prevention, ...

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Israel begins exit from third virus lockdown

Israeli barbershops and some other businesses reopened Sunday as the country began easing its third coronavirus lockdown amid an aggressive ...

Moscow court orders Kremlin foe Navalny to prison

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Moscow court orders Kremlin foe Navalny to prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been sentenced to more than two and a half ...

Twitter restricts 'hateful' LGBTQ posts by Turkish interior minister

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Twitter restricts 'hateful' LGBTQ posts by Turkish interior minister

Two of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu's tweets have now been restricted for 'violating the Twitter rules around hateful conduct'.

Extinction Rebellion, Palestinian rights activists blockade Israeli arms factory

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Extinction Rebellion, Palestinian rights activists blockade Israeli arms factory

XR activists and Palestine Action have teamed up in an effort to close a controversial Israeli arms factory in Oldham.

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.

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Russia to fine social media platforms over youth protests

Russia said it would punish top social media platforms for failing to delete posts calling for minors to join protests in support of Alexei Navalny

Swiss favour 'burqa ban', poll shows

According to the poll of 15,000 voters, a full 63 percent said they would vote yes or were considering voting yes in an upcoming popular vote on ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey hits Twitter, Pinterest with advertising bans

Turkey has hit Twitter, Pinterest and Periscope with advertising bans after they failed to appoint a local representative under a new media law.

The New Arab Staff

Human rights whistle-blower claims UN will 'fire' her

Lawyer Emily Reilly is claiming that the United Nations intends to 'fire' her after she spoke out about Uighur dissident names allegedly being ...

Egyptian TikTokers acquitted of 'violating family values'

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Egyptian TikTokers acquitted of 'violating family values'

Two Egyptian bloggers and TikTokers have been acquitted of 'violating family values' following a campaign to free them.

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Democrat lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash tested positive for coronavirus and condemned her Republican colleagues who refused to wear a face ...

UK to ban China imports 'linked to Uighur camps'

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UK to ban China imports 'linked to Uighur camps'

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab's proposals will likely fall short of sanctioning Chinese officials linked to Uighur re-education camps ...

Indonesia locates black box recorders from crashed Sriwijaya plane

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Indonesia locates black box recorders from crashed Sriwijaya plane

Two black boxes belonging to the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 that crashed shortly after take off have been found by authorities.

Indonesia rescuers find human remains after deadly plane crash

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Indonesia rescuers find human remains after deadly plane crash

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 went into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta on ...

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