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Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

An internal document from the Hamas-run Ministry of Religious Endowments saying that Muslims should be discouraged from participating in Christmas celebrations has caused outrage and accusations of

Moroccan schools to teach Jewish history and culture

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Moroccan schools to teach Jewish history and culture

Morocco will introduce Jewish history and culture in its school curriculum.

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

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In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Around 90 civilians have been referred to the military justice system so far, according to Legal Agenda, a human rights group based in Beirut.

2 wounded in blast at non-Muslim Jeddah cemetery

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2 wounded in blast at non-Muslim Jeddah cemetery

Two people have been wounded after an explosion at Jeddah's non-Muslim cemetery.

The New Arab Staff

Saudi foreign ministry condemns France Prophet Muhammad cartoons

Saudi Arabia became the latest country to condemn the promotion of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in France.

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Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic relations after normalisation deal

Israel and Bahrain have officially signed a deal establishing diplomatic relations, as well as seven memorandums of understanding in ...

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UAE minister of tolerance accused of serious sexual assault

The Hay Festival has vowed not to return to Abu Dhabi while Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan remains the UAE's minister of ...

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Erdogan converts another former Istanbul church into mosque

The Turkish president is set to turn another ancient Orthodox church into a mosque.

Lebanese official confirmed positive Covid-19 during French FM meeting

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Lebanese official confirmed positive Covid-19 during French FM meeting

The head of the Lebanese foreign minister's office was shocked to receive untimely news of a positive Covid-19 result during a ...

Stefan Lukas

Germany's ban on Hezbollah: A double-edged sword

Germany's ban on Hezbollah has been a long time in the making.

Yemen in Focus: Dozens dying in coronavirus 'infested' Aden

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Yemen in Focus: Dozens dying in coronavirus 'infested' Aden

This week we focus on increasing deaths in Aden, the underreporting of coronavirus cases, and more clashes.

UAE arrests Emirati influencer for 'racist speech'

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UAE arrests Emirati influencer for 'racist speech'

Emirati prosecutors reportedly ordered the arrest of an influencer named by courts as TM.

Literature festival in UAE criticised by human rights groups

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Literature festival in UAE criticised by human rights groups

Hay Festival in the UAE is being held despite outcry over the country's poor human rights record.

UAE allocates $2 bn for investment in Mauritania

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UAE allocates $2 bn for investment in Mauritania

Mauritania will receive $2 billion in investments from the United Arab Emirates, state media said on Sunday.

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'Tolerant' UAE revokes citizenship of dissidents' families: HRW

The government of the oil-rich Gulf state has revoked the citizenship of 19 relatives of two dissidents.

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Hundreds of Pakistani girls 'sold as brides to China'

An AP investigation earlier this year revealed how Pakistan's Christian minority has become a new target of brokers who pay ...

CJ Werleman

Australia can do better than detaining gay Saudi journalists

Comment: Australia's treatment of two gay men fleeing persecution in Saudi Arabia is a far cry from the liberal image it likes to paint ...

The New Arab

Attempting suicide among 28 crimes 'downgraded' in the UAE

A list of 28 punishable offences in the United Arab Emirates will now see those accused pay a fine instead of facing a judge ...

Supporting LGBTQ+ Palestinians shouldn't mean pinkwashing the occupation

Nick McAlpin

Supporting LGBTQ+ Palestinians shouldn't mean pinkwashing the occupation

Comment: To be a good ally means listening, and Palestine's LGBTQ+ community is telling you they don't want your solidarity if it involves ...

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Separatists announce plans to takeover south

This week we take a look at the unravelling events in Yemen's southern region, which has been rocked by a separatist takeover of Aden.

Turkey army chiefs discuss potential Syria military offensive

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Turkey army chiefs discuss potential Syria military offensive

The meeting came a day after Turkey said it was not satisfied with the buffer zone solutions offered by the United States in northern Syria.

Egypt says no '<em>ministry</em> <em>of</em> happiness' for sad population

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Egypt says no 'ministry of happiness' for sad population

An Egyptian official has said there are no plans for the government to set up a 'ministry of happiness' in the country which ...

Indian Muslim man attacked by Hindu mob dies

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Indian Muslim man attacked by Hindu mob dies

An Indian man who was tortured and forced to shout Hindu slogans by a mob has died in hospital.

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