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Is sex halal? Saudi Twitter debates viral 'pickup' video

20 October, 2017

Saudis have flocked to social media to debate a call for a "sexual revolution" in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where adulterers can be sentenced to death.

Texas town: No hurricane aid for those boycotting Israel

20 October, 2017

US city is requiring applicants for aid to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to pledge in writing that they will not take part in a boycott of Israel

Hamas says 'no one' can force it to disarm

20 October, 2017

Yahya Sinwar said that "no one" can force Hamas to disarm or recognise Israel after the US demanded it meet those conditions as part of a unity deal.

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

20 October, 2017

A court in Baghdad on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region after he said Iraqi armed forces had 'occupied' Kirkuk.

Merkel: EU will reduce Turkey funding over post-coup crackdown

20 October, 2017

European Union leaders decide to reduce financial aid for Turkey's potential EU membership bid due to crackdowns on dissent and alleged human rights abuses.

US ends decades-long freeze on Sudanese bank accounts

20 October, 2017

Lifting of sanctions on Sudan expected to free up $48 million that had previously been locked up in Sudanese accounts frozen by the United States.

Meeting pioneering war-crimes prosecutor Payam Akhavan

19 October, 2017

Q&A: The international legal expert talks to Hadani Ditmars about how paying hypocritical lip-service to human rights leads to a rise in extremism, both foreign and domestic.

UK family 'face prison' if they visit Dubai-jailed son

19 October, 2017

The family of a British man facing trial for touching a man's hip in a bar have been warned their criticism of the UAE government could land them in jail.

Saudi-led bloc 'bribed' African countries to join Qatar crisis

19 October, 2017

A Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar has 'bribed and blackmailed' several African countries to join its attempt to isolate the country, Qatar's foreign minister has said.

Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

19 October, 2017

In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air cover for its operations, reports Austin Bodetti.

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