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The youth-led initiative 'Green Iraq' is planting thousands of trees across the country to transform sprawling cities and deserts.

Turkey has called off a mission to find and rescue survivors, five days after a powerful quake hit western Turkey, killing 116 people.

Istanbul authorities ban Kurdish-language play

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Istanbul authorities ban Kurdish-language play

Turkish authorities banned a Kurdish adaptation of a well-known satirical play over concerns of 'public order', just hours before it was due to open in Istanbul.

Israelis protest sexual violence against women

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Israelis protest sexual violence against women

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated and observed a symbolic work stoppage to denounce sexual violence against women following the alleged ...

For Italy's Muslims, lack of burial space deepens grief

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For Italy's Muslims, lack of burial space deepens grief

Compounding the pain for the religious minority has been the grim reality of a lack of space to bury their dead.

Keira Dignan

Fighting to protect refugees in Europe amid Covid-19

New groups are mobilising across Europe to demand an evacuation of refugee camps as the Covid-19 pandemic makes already bad conditions for asylum-seekers untenable.

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Lebanon town threatens Syrians in discriminatory Eid restrictions

Syrian residents of a south Lebanon town could get exiled for visiting family members during Eid, while no measures were imposed on their ...

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In Israel, Palestinians confined by discriminatory land policies: HRW

Israel's discriminatory land policies extend beyond the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch has said.

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Comment: The Covid-19 era marks a new chapter in the erosion of refugee rights in Lebanon, and policymaking that excludes their access to ...

Anger over the removal of pro-Kurdish mayors in Turkey

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Anger over the removal of pro-Kurdish mayors in Turkey

One year on from local elections, 40 out of 65 municipalities won by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) are now under the ...

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Turkey's Erdogan hopes for 'return to normal' after Ramadan

Ankara will ban some gatherings and restrict food shopping hours during the holy month.

African migrants struggle to cope under Tunisia's coronavirus lockdown

Alessandra Bajec

African migrants struggle to cope under Tunisia's coronavirus lockdown

Isolated and with no access to healthcare, Tunisia's African migrant community has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

In Lebanon's Covid-19, aid the vulnerable, including LGBT people

Rasha Younes

In Lebanon's Covid-19, aid the vulnerable, including LGBT people

Comment: LGBT people in Lebanon already faced structural marginalisation. With many of their support networks unavailable under lockdown, ...

Aid to vulnerable families delayed in cash-strapped Lebanon

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Aid to vulnerable families delayed in cash-strapped Lebanon

Poverty-stricken families in Lebanon will have no choice but to wait, after a one-time cash handout promised by the ministry was postponed ...

Millions may go hungry in Lebanon's virus lockdown: HRW

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Millions may go hungry in Lebanon's virus lockdown: HRW

In locked-down Lebanon, millions of residents may not be able to afford food or necessities, after the economic crisis already left many without ...

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Syrian's self-immolation highlights refugees' woes during Lebanon's coronavirus outbreak

In Lebanon, the majority of Syrian refugees were already living below the poverty line. New coronavirus restrictions unfairly targeting refugees now further curtail their livelihoods.

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Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon brace for coronavirus

Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, living in poor conditions and suffering from discrimination, are bracing for an outbreak of ...

Marta Vidal

Gentrification and grassroots resistance in Amman's oldest district

Residents, shop owners and activists are organising themselves to prevent multinational corporations from taking over one of the oldest ...

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Lebanon unfairly targeting refugees in coronavirus lockdown, says HRW

Lebanese municipalities have introduced discriminatory restrictions on Syrian refugees that do not apply to Lebanese residents, despite ...

Bracing for Covid-19: Flatten the curve, raise the bar

Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

Bracing for Covid-19: Flatten the curve, raise the bar

An Interview with Fatima Al Sayah, PhDPublic Health Researcher, University of Alberta, Canada

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon needs more than social distancing to beat coronavirus

Comment: A track record of 'deliberate inaction' when it comes to policymaking has left Lebanon completely ill-equipped to tackle the ...

Coronavirus Pandemic: Weekly positive stories of resilience and bravery

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Weekly positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Every aspect of public and commercial life has felt the full force spread of COVID-19, and the Middle East is no exception.

Turkey detains five more Kurdish mayors over 'terrorism links'

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Turkey detains five more Kurdish mayors over 'terrorism links'

Turkey dismissed eight Kurdish mayors and detained five over terror allegations in a continued crackdown on the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic ...

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