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The ailing president's withdrawal from elections is good news for the country's protesters, but his suspension of elections is a worrying sign, reports Massinissa Benlakehal.

Despite being made illegal, FGM is still commonplace, with most cutting operations performed by doctors who should know better.

Danger of another cholera outbreak looms in Yemen capital

Naseh Shaker

Danger of another cholera outbreak looms in Yemen capital

Sewer damage prompts closure of Sanaa's main road, with officials saying the capital is at risk of a new cholera outbreak, reports Naseh Shaker.

Syria Weekly: Idlib under attack

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Idlib under attack

Russian airstrikes have resumed on Syria's Idlib, despite efforts by Turkey to end regime shelling on the opposition-held province.

International Women's Day: Special coverage

International Women's Day: Special coverage

Celebrating women around the world.

Syria's Idlib under attack, forcing humanitarian work to halt

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's Idlib under attack, forcing humanitarian work to halt

Syrian regime shelling and Russian bombing of opposition Idlib has forced humanitarian work to cease in these areas.

The New Arab

Human rights defenders a continued target of Iran's regime

Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown against human rights lawyers in the past year. Here are the the men and women detained in Iran for fighting for freedom.

Ali M Latifi

Benard attitude undermines years of work by Afghan women

Analysis: The wife of Washington's Taliban negotiator has sparked outrage with an essay saying Afghan women were relying on US troops and cash to achieve liberation.

Tunisian victim jailed for sodomy

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisian victim jailed for sodomy

The case of a 22-year-old man who is behind bars for homosexuality has once again raised the alarm about the widespread homophobia in the North ...

Tunisian parliament set to discuss equal inheritance bill

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisian parliament set to discuss equal inheritance bill

If the long-awaited draft law is adopted, it will be the first of its kind in the Arab world, where current inheritance laws contribute to ...

Nicholas Frakes

Including women in shaping Syria's future

Syrian women must have an official and active role in seeking justice and shaping the country’s future, Amnesty International said, as it launched a new campaign.

Voices That Shake! Developing creative responses to social injustice

Sophia Akram

Voices That Shake! Developing creative responses to social injustice

The New Arab Meets: Farzana Khan, an award-winning youth worker tackling imbalance in society through an under-repped approach that hits intersections across gender, faith and sexuality.

Sebastian Castelier and Azhar Al-Rubaie

Reviving culture in Iraq's former Islamic State stronghold

Feature: A cultural TV show in the Iraqi city of Mosul hopes to give artists the space to express themselves after years of generalised repression under the Islamic State group.

Francesca Mannocchi

The refugee for refugees

In-depth: Omar Alshakal is helping clothe and shelter some of the thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on the Greek islands, reports Francesca Mannocchi.

The Iraq Report: Thousands of children tortured by authorities

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Thousands of children tortured by authorities

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the conditions ...

British BDS campaigners plan their future after 'significant' wins

Diana Alghoul

British BDS campaigners plan their future after 'significant' wins

The Boycott Israel Network has planned a year of grassroot campaigns across the UK to support the global BDS movement.

Florence Dixon

Deputy King? MbS claims new title amid coup rumours

Following months of speculation of a rift between the Saudi crown prince and his father, MbS' new title may reflect his steady maneuvering towards the throne.

Stasa Salacanin

EU-Saudi relations after Khashoggi

Analysis: Khashoggi's murder puts the West into a very uncomfortable position: how to respond to a brutal crime against a Saudi dissident, without hurting relations with an important Arab ally?

Refugees in limbo: Thousands stuck on Samos, just waiting

Francesca Mannocchi

Refugees in limbo: Thousands stuck on Samos, just waiting

Video: A special report from the island of Samos, where winter conditions only add to the misery of thousands trapped by the terms of the ...

Saudi trolls hacking dead people's Twitter to spread propaganda

Marc Owen Jones

Saudi trolls hacking dead people's Twitter to spread propaganda

When an American TV weatherman started tweeting support for the Saudi regime, people started asking questions. Not least because the ...

Austin Bodetti

'Greening the desert': What drives militants' environmentalism?

Analysis: Propaganda or genuine concern? From al-Qaeda to the Taliban, armed groups have long been pushing demands for environmental protections, while they slaughter civilians, writes Austin Bodetti.

Trump's popularity taking a hit, even in Afghanistan

Ali M Latifi

Trump's popularity taking a hit, even in Afghanistan

Analysis: Afghans once lauded Donald Trump as a breath of fresh air, but his love of airstrikes and rewriting of history have won him few friends, reports Ali Latifi.

Zouhir al-Shimale

Idlib peace talks mean little to Syrians under fire

'Everything is under attack, the peace talks have brought only blood and grief to us.'

Abeer Ayyoub

Jordan looks to the sun to end power struggles

Jordan, an ideal solar energy producer, has taken giant steps to becoming less dependent on fossil fuels - but further development looks unlikely as an Israeli gas deal comes online.

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