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Syrian actress Fadwa Suleiman has died at the age of 46. Hailing from Assad's minority Alawite sect, she became a hero for taking a stand against the family's decades-old rule.

Scrapping the controversial rape law in Lebanon remains a small step towards ending violence against women, KAFA activist Maya Ammar tells The New Arab.

Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law

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Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law

Lebanon has become the latest Middle Eastern country to repeal a law allowing rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims.

Palestine's new electronic crime law 'suppresses freedom of expression'

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Palestine's new electronic crime law 'suppresses freedom of expression'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been criticised by rights groups for introducing an electronic crime law which punishes anyone seen to ...

Germany jails Syrian refugee for attempting to defraud IS

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Germany jails Syrian refugee for attempting to defraud IS

German court inadvertently grants legal protection to the Islamic State group ...

Egyptian MP proposes lowering marital age for girls

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Egyptian MP proposes lowering marital age for girls

An Egyptian MP has sparked anger after he called to lower the marital age for girls from 18 to 16, so that those in rural areas could marry legally.

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Lebanon war adoptees in the Diaspora trace their roots

International adoption began before Lebanon's conflict but ballooned during the civil war, with middle men and local officials aiding the process by producing falsified paperwork, often for a fee.

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#Rabaa: 'Egyptians must unite,' says wife of Brotherhood leader

The wife of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed al-Beltagy has called on Egyptians to reconcile their differences on the anniversary of the Rabaa Massacre.

Journalists remember Mick Deane, killed by Sisi's snipers

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Journalists remember Mick Deane, killed by Sisi's snipers

Journalists and colleagues on Monday paid tribute to British cameraman Mick Deane, 61, who was killed four years ago while covering the Rabaa ...

State-run KUNA: Kuwaiti actor Abdulredha dies at age 78

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State-run KUNA: Kuwaiti actor Abdulredha dies at age 78

78-year-old Abdulhussain Abdulredha, Kuwait’s most prominent actor and comedian who delighted audiences with a comical portrayal of Iraqi ...

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Dab-ed if you do: Saudi singer arrested for dabbing

Abdallah al-Shahrani was arrested for 'dabbing' at a show in Taif as authorities claim the dance move 'promotes drug culture.'

Uprooted restaurateurs create 'little Damascus' in northwest Syria Uprooted restaurateurs create 'little Damascus' in northwest Syria

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Uprooted restaurateurs create 'little Damascus' in northwest Syria

Syrians who quit towns recaptured by Assad's regime have introduced Damascene cuisine to Idlib, where the longed-for taste of the good old days has helped form a "little Damascus".

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Cairokee's new album 'expresses the disappointment' of Egypt's youth

After their fifth album was censored upon release, Cairokee released the songs on YouTube and eventual fame, proving that censorship really doesn't work.

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Palestinian kickboxer boycotts World Youth Championship

Sultan Abu al-Hajj is being hailed in Palestine for upholding the decision to boycott the fight during the World Youth Championship in Thailand.

Austerity-hit Egypt restricts access to food rations

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Austerity-hit Egypt restricts access to food rations

Austerity-hit Egypt has moved to cut the number of people eligible to receive ...

New game highlights heartbreaking reality of fleeing Syria war

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New game highlights heartbreaking reality of fleeing Syria war

Bury Me, My Love is a new mobile game inspired by stories lived by millions of Syrian refugees who have taken on the treacherous journey to Europe.

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Omani editor spends one year in jail following article

An Omani editor has been in jail for one year, after articles were published criticising the country's judiciary.

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Clooneys to open schools for Syrian children in Lebanon

George and Amal Clooney have pledged to open seven schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, where the UN says 200,000 children are not receiving an education.

Qatar Olympic Committee to back international refugee aid efforts

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Qatar Olympic Committee to back international refugee aid efforts

Qatar's Olympic Committee will donate to support international efforts aiming to provide global assistance to the refugee crisis.