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France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a law to battle 'Islamist separatism', but critics call an attack on religious freedoms.

Lebanon's interior minister was mocked after suggesting women start cooking following a suspension of food deliveries during the country's coronavirus lockdown.

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies at 87

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US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies at 87

Justice Ginsburg was instrumental in championing women's rights issues in the United States.

Sudan drops death penalty, flogging for gay sex

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Sudan drops death penalty, flogging for gay sex

Activists praised Sudan's decision to lift the death penalty for gay sex 'as first step', but warned that queer people could still jailed under ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Today in coronavirus news from the Middle East: Saudi Arabia slashes Hajj pilgrim numbers, Iran's second wave continues, Jordan trials ...

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India extends 'crippling' 2G restriction in occupied Kashmir

Mobile services in occupied Kashmir are being still being restricted to 2G network.

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Which Arab countries will be in lockdown this Eid?

Muslims across the Arab world are preparing for a very different Eid amid a coronavirus epidemic.

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Egypt's Sisi tests team daily to prevent coronavirus infection

Dozens of people working closely with Egypt's President Sisi are subject to the daily coronavirus testing, said an official Egyptian source.

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.

Egypt's president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

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Egypt's president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

President Sissi approved amendments to the country's state of emergency, granting him and security agencies additional powers.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Jordan reports no new cases in a week, Houthi authorities in Sanaa report their first Covid-19 case and Lebanon extends lockdown measures in ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Lebanon's protesters defy coronavirus lockdown, while Iran's daily Covid-19 death rate drops drastically. Here's your daily update.

Turkish police detain gathered union leaders on May Day

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Turkish police detain gathered union leaders on May Day

Police in Istanbul detained at least 15 people, including trade union leaders, who tried to stage a May Day march.

India's draconian internet shutdown hinders Kashmir's battle against Covid-19

Muheet ul Islam and Sheikh Uzair

India's draconian internet shutdown hinders Kashmir's battle against Covid-19

While the conflict-torn region is used to lockdowns, India's ban on high-speed internet is hindering Kashmir's ability to battle the ...

Iraq eases coronavirus curfew days before start of Ramadan

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Iraq eases coronavirus curfew days before start of Ramadan

The Iraqi government has decided to ease its 24-hour curfew, which began as an effort to curb coronavirus, for the sake of Ramadan.

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Virus measures threaten Egypt's fragile economy

The partial lockdown threatens the livelihoods of many of Egypt’s 100 million residents, one of three of whom were already living in poverty, according to government figures.

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

China's Belt and Road initiative affected by coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus has affected a number of projects under China's BRI in a number of host countries, including Pakistan, Tajikistan ...

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'Islamophobic' burqa ban comes into effect in the Netherlands

After 14 years of debate, the 'burqa ban' introduced by far-right politician Geert Wilders will go into effect in the Netherlands.

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UK supplying fighter jets to Riyadh despite arms ban

The British government negotiated an exemption from a German arms export ban to Saudi Arabia in order to continue selling planes to ...

Turkish teacher who claimed to be Jesus suspended

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Turkish teacher who claimed to be Jesus suspended

The teacher was swiftly suspended by local officials who deemed such claims 'inappropriate' and a bad example for his class of 11-year-olds.

Karim Traboulsi

#GrindrLebBan: Lebanon restricts online gay dating app

Lebanon appears to be imposing a partial ban on gay dating app Grindr, one of the few safe spaces for the country's LTBT+ ...

Somalia hires US lobbyists to overturn Trump travel <em>ban</em>

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Somalia hires US lobbyists to overturn Trump travel ban

The government of Somalia has hired a US lobbying firm to help lift President Donald Trump's travel ban and overturn a partial ...

Denmark full-face veil <em>ban</em> met with protests

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Denmark full-face veil ban met with protests

Amnesty International condemned the law as a "discriminatory violation of women's rights", especially against Muslim women who choose to wear ...

What Brazil can tell us about Egypt's civil-military relations

Robert Springborg

What Brazil can tell us about Egypt's civil-military relations

Comment: Egypt's military is as politically entrenched as its Brazilian counterpart was during the 'intense repression' period of its military ...

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