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In-depth: More than 4.1 million girls and women are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation in 2020.

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.

Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

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Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

Around 20 activist groups called on Facebook to stop the spread of anti-gay hate speech targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Iraqi nurse leading Mosul's battle against Covid-19

Azhar Al-Rubaie

The Iraqi nurse leading Mosul's battle against Covid-19

Soror Al-Husseini helped pull bodies from the rubble after IS was defeated in Mosul. Now she is leading the charge as Covid-19 sweeps the ...

British Muslims say CBD oil is a 'halal healer'

Ruqaiya Haris

British Muslims say CBD oil is a 'halal healer'

CBD oil is sold legally in the UK and could provide Muslims a 'halal' alternative with its reported health benefits.

Mel Plant

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist who died by suicide last week.

Judit Neurink

Bankrupt Kurdistan is no longer 'the other Iraq'

Comment: The Kurdistan region of Iraq has hit rock bottom. What was once a promising 'other Iraq' is now a politically and financially bankrupt ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

Lawmakers close to Iran are trying to pass legislation that would force Riyadh to pay reparations to Iraqi victims of terrorism perpetrated by ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

Turkey makes arrests after mosques play WWII anti-facist song

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey makes arrests after mosques play WWII anti-facist song

Instead of the call to prayer, mosques in Izmir played the anti-fascist anthem 'Bella Ciao', prompting authorities to launch a probe into ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Ramadan TV drama criticised for pro-Israel content

Another Ramadan TV drama from Saudi Arabia has invited scrutiny

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

The New Arab & agencies

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

The generation gap in religious observance is not new but it took on a new dimension this year as the fasting month coincides with strict ...

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

EU embassies face Iraqi backlash after raising 'LGBTQ flag'

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EU embassies face Iraqi backlash after raising 'LGBTQ flag'

An LGBTQ flag that was raised by western diplomats in Iraq's capital Baghdad prompted a swift backlash online, forcing the missions to U-turn on ...

EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The New Arab

EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The representatives of Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union in Iraq marked the International Day Against Homophobia by raising the ...

The New Arab

Top Egyptian actor breaks taboo by revealing transgender son

Hesham Salim said he was not 'confused or surprised' when his son Nour came out as transgender.

The New Arab

Influential Moroccan rapper tackles domestic violence with new song

Domestic violence was the topic of a new song by a popular Moroccan rapper that was released on this year's International Women's Day.

Gaia Caramazza

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

#IWD2020: From Saudi Arabia to Palestine, women in the Middle East are fighting against gender-based violence and sexual harassment.

Alessandra Bajec

Moroccan #MeToo helps women to break silence

Morocco's Masaktach movement gives voice to victims of sexual abuse to speak up and share their experiences.

How Muslim millennials are taking charge of their matchmaking

Diana Alghoul

How Muslim millennials are taking charge of their matchmaking

Apps are becoming increasingly popular for Muslims to find their significant other, but they're also becoming a tool for social evolution and a ...

David Sheen

Netanyahu has long run cover for Israel's biggest racists

Comment: Whether or not he's re-elected, the damage is done. Netanyahu has paved the way for the most maniacal racists in Israel's history, ...

Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

Nazli Tarzi

Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

From thespians and dancers to fine artists and dramatists, Dar Al'Artivism's core membership comprises of the latest crop of Iraqi refugees who ...

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

The New Arab

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

An American university's Qatar campus was forced to cancel an event featuring Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila after hostile objections on ...

Rihanna moves on from Saudi beau

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Rihanna moves on from Saudi beau

Rihanna is rumoured to have a new boyfriend just weeks after she split up with her longtime partner - Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel.

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