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Thousands of people gathered for worship at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as it controversially reopened as a mosque after being used as a museum for 86 years.

The 1964 mass killings in Zanzibar and the slavery which preceded them highlight uncomfortable issues about Arab-African relations at a time when the world focuses on race.

Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Calls for the Hagia Sophia to serve again as a mosque have raised tensions between historic foes and uneasy NATO allies Turkey and Greece.

Pompeo urges Turkey not to convert Hagia Sophia

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pompeo urges Turkey not to convert Hagia Sophia

Erdogan, whose roots are in political Islam, has mused about turning Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, triggering tension with neighbouring ...

Egypt's top religious body slams Ottoman 'occupation' of Istanbul

The New Arab Staff

Egypt's top religious body slams Ottoman 'occupation' of Istanbul

The influential religious body's statement about the Ottoman conquest comes amid fierce debate around the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a ...

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Istanbul conquest commemorated with Islamic prayers in Hagia Sophia

The ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who joined via videoconference.

Tara Brian

Stranded by war, Yemenis in Egypt dream of home

Seeking treatment in Egypt is nothing new, but returning home for Yemeni medical travellers has become increasingly untenable as the war ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi intercepts Houthi missiles over curfew-locked Riyadh

Saudi air defences intercepted Yemeni rebel missiles over Riyadh and a city on the Yemen border, leaving two civilians wounded in the ...

Rami G. Khouri

Three big lessons from Yemen's five years of war

Comment: Arab autocracies, Saudi-Emirati military muscle-flexing and a mythical 'international community' have all contributed to five years of ...

Egypt detains three journalists for publishing 'fake news'

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Egypt detains three journalists for publishing 'fake news'

Egypt has arrested three journalists on charges of 'spreading false news' on the same day that Amnesty published a report detailing the Supreme ...

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Syrians mark sixth anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack

Syrians on Wednesday commemorated the sixth anniversary of the deadly Ghouta chemical massacre, which killed hundreds of ...

Rabaa massacre emboldened further rights violations in Egypt: Amnesty

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Rabaa massacre emboldened further rights violations in Egypt: Amnesty

The failure to hold anyone accountable for the killing of at least 1,000 protesters in Egypt has fostered a climate of impunity over human ...

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.

Inside the sit-in that brought down Sudan's dictator Bashir

Mel Plant

Inside the sit-in that brought down Sudan's dictator Bashir

For six days, masses of Sudanese protesters have rallied day and night for an end to the regime that has governed them for three decades. They ...

Union calls for strike on Tunisian revolution <em>anniversary</em>

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Union calls for strike on Tunisian revolution anniversary

A powerful trade union called for a strike in Tunisia on the eighth anniversary of the 2011 revolution.

Malia Bouattia

State impunity must end now

Comment: Justice campaigns to hold the state to account for countless deaths in police custody may be slow and painful, but they are also ...

The New Arab & agencies

Two dead, two hurt in murder-suicide at US school

A gunman opened fire at an elementary school in the California city of San Bernardino on Monday, killing one woman and wounding two students ...

James Denselow

The battle to rebuild Syria

Comment: Despite recent violence reminding us that the Syrian conflict is by no means over, debate is raging around how the country will be ...

US airstrike behind Aleppo mosque massacre US airstrike behind Aleppo mosque massacre

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US airstrike behind Aleppo mosque massacre

The Pentagon has claimed responsibility for airstrikes on a village mosque in northern Syria's Aleppo province on Thursday - killing at least 42 ...

The New Arab & agencies

At least 42 killed in airstrikes on Aleppo mosque

Airstrikes on a village mosque in northern Syria's Aleppo province on Thursday killed at least 42 people and wounded dozens more.

Inside Yemen, six years after the 'Friday of Dignity'

Khalid Al-Karimi

Inside Yemen, six years after the 'Friday of Dignity'

Comment: Khalid Al-Karimi remembers the massacre that sparked Yemen's ongoing war.

Syrian journalists who sacrificed everything to cover the revolution

The New Arab

Syrian journalists who sacrificed everything to cover the revolution

The New Arab profiles five Syrian journalists who have faced exile, injury and even death during their coverage of the Syrian revolution, which ...

Deadly suicide bombing hits Damascus courthouse: state TV

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Deadly suicide bombing hits Damascus courthouse: state TV

A suicide bomber attacked a courthouse in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 45 others, including 15 ...

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