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This Lebanese hotel is representing LGBTQ+ in Valentine's ad

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This Lebanese hotel is representing LGBTQ+ in Valentine's ad

Phoenicia Hotel Beirut's 'Define Love' advertisement campaign included two LGBTQ+ women exchanging glances and it was met largely with excitement by the Lebanese community.

Oscar-nominated Syrian film screened in rebel-held Idlib

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Oscar-nominated Syrian film screened in rebel-held Idlib

Last Men in Aleppo, an Oscar-nominated documentary, screened at the campus of Idlib university.

#FreeNuha: Saudis rally online over arrest of pro-Palestine activist

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#FreeNuha: Saudis rally online over arrest of pro-Palestine activist

Saudis have rallied online to demand that authorities release an activist, who was arrested last month over a video she posted on social media, ...

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Lebanon judge orders Quran memorisation in insulting Christianity case

A Lebanese judge has been hailed for handing down an ingenuitive punishment to three young Muslim men who were on trial for contempt for religion.

Claire Thomas

Iraqi Kurdistan's first professional horse race with betting

Photoblog: Horses, jockeys, gamblers and racing fans from across Iraq travel to Erbil for the region’s first professional horse race to offer cash betting. Photos by Claire Thomas.

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Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

A Saudi cleric has come under fire on social media over a ruling that women do not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe, prompting a clarification from the sheikh.

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Algeria lawmaker under fire over attack on Berber language

An Algerian member of parliament has come under fire after she attacked the language of the country's Berber minority in comments that have been widely condemned as racist.

Iraq anime fans flock to Baghdad convention

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Iraq anime fans flock to Baghdad convention

Anime fanatics in war-torn Iraq have flocked to the country's annual festival celebrating Japanese animation and comic book culture.

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BDS campaigners get Sabra Hummus off university campus shelves

BDS campaigners at the University of Manchester petitioned to remove the Sabra Hummus brand from the campus shop, slamming the university's "complicity in human rights violations".

Eyes on Morocco: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Eyes on Morocco: This week in Middle East football

Morocco is shooting for the 2026 World Cup following an outstanding performance in the Championship of African Nations.

Saudi uproar after 11-year-old girl filmed in 'scandalous' dance

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Saudi uproar after 11-year-old girl filmed in 'scandalous' dance

Video: A girl wearing a traditional wedding costume and full make-up has caused uproar in Saudi Arabia after being filmed dancing in a mixed-sex festival in Jizan.

Russia belly dancer arrested in Egypt over 'G-string' performance

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Russia belly dancer arrested in Egypt over 'G-string' performance

A Russian belly dancer has been arrested in Egypt on charges of "inciting debauchery" over a racy outfit she wore during a recent performance.

The Bitcoin ballgame: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

The Bitcoin ballgame: This week in Middle East football

The Asian Champions League kicks off, plus the return of Amoory - catch up with all the latest football news...

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Making it rein: Saudi invests millions in horse meet

Saudi Arabia has announced it will launch a horse racing meet that will rival some of the biggest championships.

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Grammar jihad: Arabic spelling mistakes earn hefty fines

In what is perhaps a world first, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is to impose a $275 fine for Arabic grammar bloopers on signs and billboards.

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Polisario Front leader replaces prime minister

Abdelkader Taleb Omar has been forced out, and Mohamed Alwali Akaik, a close ally of the president, has been sworn in, as alliances and rivalries anticipate the Front's forthcoming Congress.

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Saudis up in arms after couple filmed holding hands

A video of a newly-wed couple walking along the promenade of the Saudi city of Jeddah has stirred up a storm of controversy on social media.