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The BBC said it was investigating an allegation of homophobia against its Iranian service.

Zaki, a former student of the American University in Cairo, was arrested on July 4 and confessed to assaulting and blackmailing six complainants.

Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

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Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

A partially suspended sentence will allow Loujain al-Hathloul's release within months, relatives said.

Rights groups condemn ‘cruel’ sentencing of Saudi activist al-Hathloul

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Rights groups condemn ‘cruel’ sentencing of Saudi activist al-Hathloul

Human rights groups have condemned the sentencing of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years in prison as “cruel” and ...

Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

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Loujain al-Hathloul: 'Fierce' Saudi women's rights campaigner

Activists see Loujain al-Hathloul as an "incredible fierce and resolute" champion of women's rights who represented the kingdom's modern ...

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Lebanon passes landmark law criminalising sexual harassment

Lebanon's parliament on Monday passed a landmark bill criminalising sexual harassment and amended a controversial domestic ...

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the ...

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Turkish writer accused of sexual harassment dies by suicide

A number of Turkish authors have been accused of sexual assault and harassment in recent days.

Jailed Saudi activist in terrorism court on 'spurious' charges

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Jailed Saudi activist in terrorism court on 'spurious' charges

Loujain al-Hathloul's court case, which is being heavily criticised by the international community, has begun.

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Saudi Arabia begins trial of activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence on what UN experts called 'spurious' charges.

Aid worker 'exploited, abused several Syrian women': report

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Aid worker 'exploited, abused several Syrian women': report

A report by the Syrian website Liberated-T has accused an aid worker of using his position to harass, exploit, and attempt to rape multiple ...

Jailed Saudi activist accused of passing classified information: FM

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Jailed Saudi activist accused of passing classified information: FM

Loujain Hathloul was arrested with a dozen other women activists just weeks before the historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers, ...

Arab women's organisation launches anti-<em>harassment</em> app

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Arab women's organisation launches anti-harassment app

The SafeNess app aims to 'protect women from harassment, violence and theft in public spaces'.

European ambassadors 'deeply concerned' by detention of Saudi activists

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European ambassadors 'deeply concerned' by detention of Saudi activists

The ambassadors said they are 'deeply concerned' about the activists, highlighting the cases of Loujain Al-Hathloul and Samar Badawi.

Kamal Afzali

The New Arab's top reads on gender-based violence

The New Arab has curated articles shedding powerful light on the pressing issue of gender-based violence across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

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Jailed Saudi activist’s trial transferred to terrorism court

The trial of jailed Saudi womens’ rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul has been transferred to a court dealing with terrorism cases, her family ...

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Hunger-striking Saudi activist's trial resumes Wednesday: family

The trial of Loujain Hathloul began in March 2019, but campaigners and her family say court sessions are arbitrarily announced and closed to ...

Gia Noortas and Hiba Rahim

There is nothing funny about the racism in Borat

Comment: Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character is as xenophobic and offensive today as he was in 2005. He should be shunned by Hollywood, write ...

Lebanon's impenetrable glass ceiling

Carmen Geha

Lebanon's impenetrable glass ceiling

Comment: Women in Lebanon are fighting not just for better representation, but a complete overhaul of a male-dominated system that fosters ...

Elizabeth Neoman

Mariam Mohamed's death reignites Egypt's digital #MeToo movement

The death of a 24-year-old Egyptian woman in Cairo has served as another catalyst for the digital feminist movement in Egypt.

UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

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UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to ...

Lebanon falling short on women's rights: HRW

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Lebanon falling short on women's rights: HRW

Human Rights Watch has slammed Lebanon for failing to protect women from human rights abuses and not making progress on women's rights.

French minister 'shocked' over halal supermarket aisles

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French minister 'shocked' over halal supermarket aisles

The interior minister linked the presence of halal and kosher supermarket aisles to a failure to integrate in the wake of last week's beheading.

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