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Muted Oscar celebrations for White Helmets as Syria bleeds

Martin Armstrong

Muted Oscar celebrations for White Helmets as Syria bleeds

While Sunday's Oscar signalled recognition of the rescue organisation's life-saving work, on the ground in Syria it was business as usual in a conflict defined by grotesque suffering and destruction.

Date of publication: 27 February, 2017

Winds of change? This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Winds of change? This week in Middle East football

Political, ethnic, local and religious rivalries came to the fore in this week's football action, while Syria's national team coach is reportedly attempting to bring about some unity.

Gerald Kaufman: A vocal and lifelong supporter of Palestinians

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Gerald Kaufman: A vocal and lifelong supporter of Palestinians

A career in quotes: A look at five times that the late British MP Sir Gerald Kaufman blasted Israel or caused controversy during his 47-year ...

Veteran British MP and champion of Palestinian rights dies

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Veteran British MP and champion of Palestinian rights dies

'Father of the House' Gerald Kaufman has passed away following a nearly ...

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza raise concern of violent escalation

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza raise concern of violent escalation

A number of Israeli rockets targeted different locations in Gaza on Monday following on from earlier tit-for-tat attacks, bringing the prospect of all-out-war closer.

Palestinian woman shot and injured at Israeli checkpoint

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinian woman shot and injured at Israeli checkpoint

A 30-year-old Palestinian woman has been shot and injured at a checkpoint into Jerusalem, with Israeli police alleging she was 'acting suspiciously'.

Six Arab films that should be at the Oscars

Sarah Khalil

Six Arab films that should be at the Oscars

Every year a few critically acclaimed productions from the MENA region go unnoticed by the Academy, and 2017 is no exception.

The director whose Oscar-winning films advanced Muslim women's rights

Alia Turki Al-Rabeo

The director whose Oscar-winning films advanced Muslim women's rights

Interview: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the first Muslim and Pakistani woman to receive two Academy Awards, and whose films helped change misogynistic ...

'I am still president': Defiant Morsi slams re-trial

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'I am still president': Defiant Morsi slams re-trial

In the first session of a re-trial on charges that Mohamed Morsi orchestrated a prison break during the 2011 revolution, the former president ...

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South Sudan slams Khartoum's accusations of Egyptian military aid

South Sudan's government has denied claims made by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir that Egypt has provided military aid to Juba.

Blacklisted former Egyptian football star 'free to enter country'

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Blacklisted former Egyptian football star 'free to enter country'

Interior ministry spokesman says Mohamed Aboutrika is free to return to Egypt, despite previous action taken against him.

Iraqi forces capture key Mosul bridge in westward push

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Iraqi forces capture key Mosul bridge in westward push

Having liberated Mosul's International Airport, Iraqi forces are now pushing into the west of the city, and aim to establish a 'ribbon bridge' across the Euphrates to facilitate ongoing operations

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Hungary making 'mockery' out of right to asylum

Hungary's populist government is attempting to push through new anti-migrant legislation, which would see Syrians and other refugees rounded up across the country and held on the border.

IS-linked militants murder German hostage in the Philippines

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IS-linked militants murder German hostage in the Philippines

Islamic State group aligned Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines have posted a ...

IS suspect shot dead in Indonesia following bomb attack

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IS suspect shot dead in Indonesia following bomb attack

The threat of Islamic State group militancy hung over Indonesia again, as a suspected militant linked to the extremists was shot dead following a firefight with police in Jakarta.

London screens Iranian Oscar contender in Trump snub

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London screens Iranian Oscar contender in Trump snub

The London Mayor's office is screening the Iranian Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, for free, on Sunday afternoon in Trafalgar Square.

BoJo tours pyramids, urged to address Egypt rights violations

The New Arab

BoJo tours pyramids, urged to address Egypt rights violations

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson toured the pyramids of Giza during a visit to Egypt as rights groups urged him to speak out against the regime's rampant human rights abuses.

Iran test fires cruise missiles in new military manoeuvres

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Iran test fires cruise missiles in new military manoeuvres

Following weeks of tensions with the US, Iran has made another show of defiance by test firing naval cruise missiles off its southern coast.

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