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Catholic Christians attend a special mass in Jordan on Friday to mark an annual pilgrimage to the Jordanian side of the Jordan River where many say Jesus was baptised.

The health, hygiene and protection needs of women in war-ravaged Aleppo are "staggering", says the UN, as aid trickles through to the city following its fall to Assad's forces.

UK 'long way off' Syrian refugee resettlement target

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UK 'long way off' Syrian refugee resettlement target

A group of MPs has warned the UK Government has a long way to go to achieve its target of resettling 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees by 2020.

Iraqi artist challenges Baghdad's streets and collective-trauma by bike

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Iraqi artist challenges Baghdad's streets and collective-trauma by bike

Marina Jaber photographed her experiences riding around Baghdad last year for an art project. Positive reaction to the initiative has since led ...

Star Wars actor kick-starts Syria fundraising campaign

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Star Wars actor kick-starts Syria fundraising campaign

Four Lions and Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed is close to raising $100,000 for ...

This image of a Syrian refugee boosted fundraising 100-fold

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This image of a Syrian refugee boosted fundraising 100-fold

The now-iconic photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach, now symbolising the Syrian refugee crisis, boosted donations more than any other image from the war.

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Turkey lira hits new historic lows

Turkey's currency took a fresh pounding to hit new historic lows, as emergency measures by the central bank failed to impress markets rattled by terror attacks and political instability.

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Palestinian film about party-loving women sparks orgy of criticism

A Palestinian-Israeli film about women living a sex, drugs and rock n' roll lifestyle in Tel Aviv has angered some Palestinian residents of Israel.

Did Morocco just ban the burqa?

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Did Morocco just ban the burqa?

The measure appears to be motivated by security concerns, where "bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes," local ...

Irish delegation to visit Ibrahim Halawa in Egyptian jail

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Irish delegation to visit Ibrahim Halawa in Egyptian jail

Irish lawmakers are due to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss the case of Irishman who could face the death penalty over ...

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EU targets 'alarming' food instability in Yemen

The EU has pledged 12 million euros to the fight against hunger in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia dismisses talk of migrant labour reforms

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Saudi Arabia dismisses talk of migrant labour reforms

Qatar and Bahrain recently announced plans to reform their migrant labour laws in the face of criticism. But on Sunday Riyadh baulked at suggestions it could follow suit.

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Rough ride for Uber as Morocco cabbies sabotage app

Moroccan cabbies are finding innovative ways to stop the mobile taxi app from stealing their business.

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Sheikh-bashing Egyptian film angers Muslim clerics

An Egyptian film that makes fun of the country's conservative Muslim establishment and fundamentalism has stirred controversy and sparked calls for the movie to be banned from cinemas.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are 'barely coping'

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon are 'barely coping'

Some 1.5 million Syrians in Lebanon face economic hardship and severe food ...

Curtains fall: Legendary Syrian actor 'Abu Sayyah' dies

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Curtains fall: Legendary Syrian actor 'Abu Sayyah' dies

Syria's legendary actor, Rafiq al-Subaei, died at the age of 86 on Thursday, after decades of transitioning from role to role on millions of screens across the Arab world.

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African football chief referred to prosecution by Egyptian watchdog

Cairo-based Confederation of African Football comes under fire over business competition rules weeks before the continent's Cup of Nations.

Daoud Kuttab

Obituary: Hilarion Capucci, the Aleppo-born priest who championed Palestine

Hilarion Capucci's deportation turned the bishop into a roving icon as he travelled the world speaking on behalf of the Palestinian cause, writes Daoud Kuttab

Iraqi-Kurdish government closes Yazidi women's rights group

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Iraqi-Kurdish government closes Yazidi women's rights group

Kurdish security forces in Iraq have closed a Yazidi group's office, which has been providing vital assistance to women and girls rescued from ...

Aid served: American actor donates MasterChef prize to Palestinians

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Aid served: American actor donates MasterChef prize to Palestinians

US actor Kal Penn donated his $25,000 MasterChef Celebrity Showdown prize to help Palestinian refugees.

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These Saudi women are challenging the conservative status quo

A Saudi music video has challenged the kingdom's conservative establishment by speaking up for equal women's rights and an end to the controversial guardian system.

Dream Harbour: Dubai looks to make MENA's largest marina

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Dream Harbour: Dubai looks to make MENA's largest marina

Dubai has announced plans to build the biggest harbour in the region featuring a cruise ship port and a terminal that can accommodate 6,000 passengers at a time.

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Armless Syrian boy thrives in America

A young Syrian amputee is thriving in his adopted home in the United States but longs for his family, who are living in Turkey.

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Mosul resident's severed hand successfully reattached in Erbil hospital

A Mosul resident had his hand successfully reattached by specialists in an Erbil hospital, hours after it was blown off by an Islamic State bomb.

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