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Amnesty has criticised the 'absurd' charges levelled against 10 Egyptian TikTok influencers, condemning the draconian policing of women's bodies and their right to earn an independent living.

A crackdown on Egypt's 'TikTok girls' highlights who really matters in the eyes of the law. But it also shows their power, or at least, their potential.

Shamima Begum allowed UK return for citizenship battle

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Shamima Begum allowed UK return for citizenship battle

The ruling in her favour means Begum could appear before a court in London, despite UK authorities continuously declaring they would not help her return from Syria.

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Khaled Sid Mohand

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security ...

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

Danya Hajjaji

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

Social media users mourned the passing of Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sarah Hegazi, who was arrested and tortured by authorities for flying a ...

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Morocco's LGBT community is living in fear

A month after gay men were outed in Morocco, Ramadan and the Covid-19 lockdown have only made matters worse for the LGBT community.

Danya Hajjaji

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but ...

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

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Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

Sudan must dismantle 'deeply misogynistic' laws to address discrimination against women, regional rights group SIHA has said.

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Top Egyptian actor breaks taboo by revealing transgender son

Hesham Salim said he was not 'confused or surprised' when his son Nour came out as transgender.

Protester shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Iraqi capital

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Protester shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Iraqi capital

Unidentified gunmen entered a tent near Baghdad's Tahrir Square and shot a male demonstrator inside with a silenced pistol on Friday.

Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

The New Arab & agencies

Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

In recent years, Valentine's Day in the southern city of Najaf has emerged as a battleground between those who are advocates of personal freedom ...

Saudi Arabia arrests hundreds for 'immodesty' and harassment

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Saudi Arabia arrests hundreds for 'immodesty' and harassment

Saudi police have arrested over 200 people for offences including 'wearing immodest clothing' and 'harassment' of concert goers.

How China uses tech to monitor, detain, brainwash Uighurs

James Snell

How China uses tech to monitor, detain, brainwash Uighurs

Comment: The Chinese government is conducting mass surveillance, imprisonment and brainwashing of Uighurs under the guise of 'education and ...

Mel Plant

Middle East women killed, blinded, imprisoned and kidnapped

Women continue to face extreme violence throughout the region, whether from former partners or while protesting on the streets.

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Egyptian singer stirs outrage with toplessness and Qatari sympathies

Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan has outraged the Saudi public with a risqué performance in Riyadh, and outraged the government by calling ...

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Iran women attack cleric berating them for walking dog

The two women, who allegedly knocked the man unconscious after he tried to report them to the police, face lengthy jail sentences if ...

Mel Plant

The post-2013 Egyptian identity of The Book of Cairo

Book Club: The Book of Cairo is a fantastic exploration of new Egyptian literature and Arab authors in English.

Egypt lawyer demands crackdown on Syrian refugee businesses

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Egypt lawyer demands crackdown on Syrian refugee businesses

A notorious Egyptian lawyer has stirred anger after he called on authorities to clamp down on business owned by the country's industrious Syrian ...

The New Arab & agencies

Students clash over hijab at Tehran University

Clashes erupted between Iranian students at Tehran University during a demonstration against the enforcement of wearing hijab or Islamic veil, ...

Sudanese military and opposition denounce protest against Islamist party

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Sudanese military and opposition denounce protest against Islamist party

Sudan's governing transitional military council and the protest organiser-led opposition have denounced a violent protest against the Islamist ...

Turkey acquits IS emir's wife of bomb attack involvement

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Turkey acquits IS emir's wife of bomb attack involvement

Turkey has acquitted the IS Gaziantep emir's wife suspected of involvement in a devastating 2016 attack - because the extremist group 'does not ...

Shamima Begum given legal aid for citizenship case

The New Arab

Shamima Begum given legal aid for citizenship case

Lawyers representing Shamima Begum have successfully asked for legal aid, it was revealed Sunday - the same day allegations emerged that she was ...

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