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A Lebanese judge has been hailed for handing down an ingenuitive punishment to three young Muslim men who were on trial for contempt for religion.

Comment: Other than providing more comedy material for late night talk shows, it seems unlikely the book will have any effect on the survival of the Trump administration, writes Kharroub.

A shoo-in for Sisi in Egypt's presidential election

Jamal Boukhari

A shoo-in for Sisi in Egypt's presidential election

Comment: Sisi's adversaries could gain widespread support, but so far, many of those who put themselves forward are already out of the running, writes Jamal Boukhari.

Palestinian Knesset members to boycott speech by 'messianic' Pence

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Palestinian Knesset members to boycott speech by 'messianic' Pence

Vice-President Mike Pence arrived in Cairo on Saturday to start his first Middle East tour, travelling to Jordan and Israel today.

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

The New Arab & agencies

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Pence's Middle East visit will take place amid sky-high tensions and anti-US sentiment in the region, meaning Sisi and Abdullah must tread ...

The New Arab & agencies

Abbas slam's Trump's Jerusalem move as 'sinful'

Mahmoud Abbas told a conference in Egypt that the Trump administration's policy on Jerusalem is 'sinful' and 'ill-fated.'

The New Arab & agencies

Minorities in north Iraq rebuild their lives after IS

Places of worship, such as those of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, were targeted by IS, and many fled their homes during the ...

Laura Cappon

Syrian refugee becomes church tourist guide

Mohammad Hamadi, an opponent of Assad's father, now spends his days explaining the connections between Catholicism and Islam, reports Laura ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: IS blamed for PMF's mass graves

This week in Iraq: The Islamic State group were monstrous, but they were not the only ones.

Palestinians mark Orthodox Christmas amid boycott calls Palestinians mark Orthodox Christmas amid boycott calls

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinians mark Orthodox Christmas amid boycott calls

Palestinians called for the boycott of the Greek Orthodox church on Saturday, after it allowed controversial sales of its property in mainly ...

Rose Worden

Haley's audacity: Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem

Comment: Rather than 'advancing the cause of peace,' as Haley claims, Trump's decision reaffirms US complicity in Israel's violence against ...

South Africa must move beyond symbolic support for Palestine

Suraya Dadoo

South Africa must move beyond symbolic support for Palestine

Comment: If the ANC is to have meaningful solidarity with Palestine, it must leave 'dialogue' aside, and isolate Israeli apartheid, writes ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

The Rohingya and other outsiders

Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Rohingya and other outsiders

Comment: This is not the first time the demonisation of 'threatening' communities has prepared the way for slaughter, writes Robin ...

Christmas cancelled: Nazareth protests Trump’s Jerusalem move

The New Arab

Christmas cancelled: Nazareth protests Trump’s Jerusalem move

The childhood home of Jesus has cancelled traditional Christmas festivities in protest over Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's ...

The New Arab

World reacts with anger as US vetoes Jerusalem resolution

The US finds itself isolated again after vetoing the draft UN resolution that rejected President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Usman Butt

Homo Sovieticus' return to a totalitarian Russia

Book review: ‘The Future is History’ chronicles Russia's journey to authoritarianism from Soviet communism via the individual journeys of ...

Karim Traboulsi

French president: Post-war Syria must adopt 'Lebanon's pluralist model'

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the Syrians to seek inspiration from Lebanon's model of governance for their post-war polity, in ...

Amal Awad

Palestine. It's about injustice, not religion

Comment: For many, Israel's occupation of Palestine, and the resulting conflict, invoke religious sentiment. But it's justice we should be ...

Palestinians push for UN resolution rejecting Trump's Jerusalem move

The New Arab

Palestinians push for UN resolution rejecting Trump's Jerusalem move

Palestinian diplomats want the UN Security Council to vote on a draft resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's decision to recognise ...

The New Arab

UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

The UN mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses following clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters ...

Palestinian <em>Christians</em> decry Trump's Jerusalem decision

Charlie Hoyle

Palestinian Christians decry Trump's Jerusalem decision

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has left Palestinian Christians dismayed, with communities worried about ...

United in prayer: <em>Christians</em> and Muslims stand against Trump

The New Arab

United in prayer: Christians and Muslims stand against Trump

US President Donald Trump controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did little to divide the city's Christian and Muslim ...

What's stopping Lebanese expats voting from abroad?

Richard Salamé

What's stopping Lebanese expats voting from abroad?

Analysis: Lebanese citizens living abroad can now vote in the country's parliamentary elections, but the response so far has been mixed, writes ...

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