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Book Club: Elif Shafak's latest novel chronicles the life and relationships of a prostitute in Istanbul while celebrating the misfits, especially those who stick together in life and death.

Ten men were arrested in Mauritania after a video of a birthday party was said to be the country's first gay marriage ceremony.

Egyptian imam slammed for advocating prisoner '<em>sex</em> slaves'

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Egyptian imam slammed for advocating prisoner 'sex slaves'

Abdullah Rushdy came under attack on Twitter over remarks he made advocating having sex with female prisoners.

The Iraq Report: Suspected Israeli airstrikes worry Iraqi politicians

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The Iraq Report: Suspected Israeli airstrikes worry Iraqi politicians

Iraq reacts to suspected Israeli airstrikes as the country's parliament demands extradition of Saddam Hussein's daughter from Jordan.

The Iraq Report: IS leader Baghdadi returns

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The Iraq Report: IS leader Baghdadi returns

This week in Iraq, Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi resurfaces after almost half a decade in hiding while Baghdad hopes to ...

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Iraq begins exhuming mass grave in Sinjar region

The Iraqi government has started exhuming a mass grave left behind by the Islamic State group in the northwestern Sinjar region.

Marta Bellingreri

The struggle of refugee women across the sea

Feature: Women escaping war-torn countries to enter Europe for a better life are faced with many calamities, suffering the fate of all refugees ...

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia makes children's rights a national priority

Tunisia has introduced a number of new laws and measures designed to protect the rights of children, making it a leader in the Arab world on ...

Bahia Mardini

Spare a thought for mother's day in Syria

Comment: Syria's brutal civil war is entering its eighth year, and women and children are often its first victims, writes Bahia Mardini.

'Returning to life' after being sold into sexual <em>slavery</em>

Francesca Mannocchi

'Returning to life' after being sold into sexual slavery

In-depth: Lied to and exploited, some 80 percent of women arriving in Europe through Libya are destined for trafficking, reports Francesca ...

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IS rape survivors in Iraq are like 'living corpses'

Girls and women who have been victim to IS sexual violence have expressed fear of ostracisation in their communities.

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

India arrests eight alleged <em>sex</em> tourists for underage rape

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India arrests eight alleged sex tourists for underage rape

Five Omani and three Qatari men, all in their late 60s, were arrested in India for allegedly paying brokers thousands of dollars to arrange sham ...

The savage and dangerous truths women can tell

Amal Awad

The savage and dangerous truths women can tell

Comment: Arab women should tell their stories in all their joy or brutality, without fear of outside censure, writes Amal Awad.

Iraq 'must do more' for IS <em>sex</em> abuse victims

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Iraq 'must do more' for IS sex abuse victims

Iraq must ensure that women and girls subjected to sexual violence at the hands of IS militants have access to justice and reparations, UN ...

Brenda Stoter

How an Arab tribal leader saved a Yazidi family

In-depth: An ancient circumcision ritual bonded Nadine's family with that of a wealthy Arab, who sheltered them from the genocidal Islamic State group, reports Brenda Stoter.

Robert Cusack

'Middle Eastern employers must stop abusing women': Ghana lawyer

A lawyer has recommended that women under 30 should be prevented from travelling to the Middle East in order to prevent a rising trend in sexual ...

Paul McLoughlin

Iraqi-Kurdish government closes Yazidi women's rights group

Kurdish security forces in Iraq have closed a Yazidi group's office, which has been providing vital assistance to women and girls rescued from ...

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Film of abducted Yazidi girl wins Dubai award

An Iraqi Kurdish film about a Yazidi girl taken hostage by the Islamic State group in Iraq has won best feature at the Dubai International Film ...

Kurdish restrictions on movement harming Sinjar's struggling Yazidi community

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Kurdish restrictions on movement harming Sinjar's struggling Yazidi community

Human Rights Watch has said that restrictions on the movement of goods around Sinjar is harming the well-being of Iraq's Yazidi community.

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Yazidi rape survivors win EU human rights prize

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar both escaped sexual enslavement at the hands of Islamic State fighters and have since campaigned to hold her ...

Should Canada prioritise resettlement of Yazidis?

Jillian Kestler-D'Amours

Should Canada prioritise resettlement of Yazidis?

With thousands of women still enslaved by the Islamic State group, Iraqi activist Nadia Murad is leading efforts to make Canada a new home for ...

African refugees 'subjected to sexual <em>slavery</em>' in Libya

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African refugees 'subjected to sexual slavery' in Libya

A report published this week by Amnesty International has documented 'horrors' inflicted on refugees and migrants by traffickers and extremists ...

Yazidi victim demands genocide trial for Islamic State leaders

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Yazidi victim demands genocide trial for Islamic State leaders

After her harrowing escape as an Islamic State group sex slave, Nadia Murad has a message for world leaders striving to crush the ...

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