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Who will Arab teams face in the World Cup?

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Who will Arab teams face in the World Cup?

Four Arab nations have finally learned their long-awaited opponents for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia next year following Friday's draw.

Saleh killed: Timeline of three years of Yemen conflict

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Saleh killed: Timeline of three years of Yemen conflict

Three years after Houthi rebels captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa with the help of forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Houthi ...

Five things to know about Jerusalem

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Five things to know about Jerusalem

Host to the holiest sites in the world's Abrahamic religions, home to a divided population, and marred by politics, here are five things to know ...

Diana Alghoul

Londoners protest outside US embassy in solidarity with Jerusalem

London was not the first city to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem, and it won't be the last. Trump's announcement has fuelled the passion behind the ever-strengthening Palestine solidarity movement.

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Saudi anti-terror authority argues 'no death penalty for apostates'

A Saudi anti-terror agency has argued that people who leave Islam should not be punished by death, sparking rumours the kingdom would abolish capital punishment for apostates.

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Israeli soldier steals fruit from Palestinian vendor during clashes

The punishment by Israeli officers of a soldier caught stealing fruit from a Palestinian market in the occupied West Bank has been met with ridicule and outrage online.

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Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease Saudi youth stifled by ultra-conservative restrictions.

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

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As Jerusalem burns, pro-MBS Saudi cleric focuses on...clean socks

Prominent Saudi cleric has become the butt of jokes after failing to say anything about Jerusalem, instead addressing trivial matters like the permissibility of wiping socks before prayer

Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

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Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

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MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

A friend of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed as mystery buyer of a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million.

France shuts down 'halal' supermarket and Muslims are angry

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France shuts down 'halal' supermarket and Muslims are angry

The business owner Soulemane Yalcin was forced to shut down his supermarket and pay the council €4000 ($4725) in legal fees.

Woman hospitalised after being 'assaulted by Saudi religious police'

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Woman hospitalised after being 'assaulted by Saudi religious police'

The young woman was sitting outside a shop that she worked in when she was "approached and then beaten up" by members of the religious police.

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Saudi nurse suspended for giving middle finger in video

A nurse has been suspended by authorities in Saudi Arabia after appearing to give the middle finger in a Snapchat video.

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Sophia the 'Saudi' robot calls for women's rights

A humanoid named Sophia who was granted Saudi citizenship last month, says she wants to fight for women's rights according to her creator.

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Digital currency bitcoin 'forbidden in Islam', rules Saudi cleric

A popular Saudi cleric has ruled that cryptocurrencies are prohibited under Islamic law because they are "ambiguous" and provide anonymity to criminals.

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World reacts to Trump's Jerusalem move decision

There have been many mixed reactions to Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

World Cup fever: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

World Cup fever: This week in Middle East football

Syria's Omar Khribin is named Asian Player of the Year as the region gears up for two Middle Eastern derbies following the World Cup draw.

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Christmas tree so ugly its makers had to apologise

A bizarre looking Christmas tree at Beirut's airport was removed on Tuesday after its strange appearance sparked outrage on social media.

How Saleh's Yemen gamble cost him his life

Sana Uqba

How Saleh's Yemen gamble cost him his life

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh made one too many gambles during his decades in Yemeni politics, which has ultimately cost the veteran statesman his life.

Saudi King 'fires official over fashion show in Riyadh'

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Saudi King 'fires official over fashion show in Riyadh'

The Saudi King has fired a senior official after he attended a fashion show, which prompted a backlash online.

Egypt accuses 95-year-old Australian 'tomb raider' of stealing artifacts

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Egypt accuses 95-year-old Australian 'tomb raider' of stealing artifacts

A 95-year-old Australian woman has been thrust into an international debate, after being accused of 'stealing' ancient artifacts from historical sites in the Middle East, including Egypt, Jordan and Palestine.