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Unauthorised religious gatherings and Quranic recitations in the UAE have been outlawed by the state's Federal National Council, in the latest law providing more restrictions to everyday life.

In-depth: A new surge in militancy is emerging in Egypt's west, with the army already struggling to cope with an insurgency in the eastern Sinai provinces.

What will Hariri's shock resignation mean for Lebanon?

Henri Mamarbachi

What will Hariri's shock resignation mean for Lebanon?

Comment: The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri is the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, writes Henri Mamarbachi.

What was wrong with the Balfour declaration?

Suzan Quitaz

What was wrong with the Balfour declaration?

In-depth: One hundred years on, the declaration which eventually led to the creation of Israel remains fiercely contested. Suzan Quitaz examines ...

Islam and the European Reformation

Usman Butt

Islam and the European Reformation

Comment: Early Protestant thinkers were obsessed with Islam as the Reformation broke down barriers between Christian and Muslim nations, writes ...

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IS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians in the Syrian desert this month, a monitor said on Monday, in a gruesome massacre as the militants see their "caliphate" collapse.

Hadani Ditmars

'Me Too' in MENA

Blog: Harassment is a universal experience for women, writes Hadani Ditmars.

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Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

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 ...

The New Arab

More than '100,000 Kurds' have fled Kirkuk unrest

More than 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk since Monday's takeover of the province by Iraqi forces, officials from the Kurdistan Regional ...

Video: Iraqi forces seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk Video: Iraqi forces seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk

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Video: Iraqi forces seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk

Exclusive: The New Arab has obtained footage showing Iraqi forces having taken over Kurdish Peshmerga positions in al-Bashir and Taza, ...

Hadani Ditmars

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

The British Museum's historical approach to contemporary art is well-suited to these works from Syria and Iraq, whose origins betray an optimism ...

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Bård Kårtveit

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Comment: As the Coptic Orthodox Church pushes Sisi's homophobic policies, young Copts in Egypt are orienting themselves towards Europe and North ...

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Sam Hamad

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Comment: Basic human rights are nowhere to be found in Egypt's police state, writes Sam Hamad.

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

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Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

Is same-sex marriage a big deal for Australia's Arabs?

Amal Awad

Is same-sex marriage a big deal for Australia's Arabs?

Comment: Australians are debating same-sex marriage, but for many gay Arabs in the West, finding acceptance in their own religious community ...

Sam Fouad

To defeat terrorism, state-sponsored discrimination must end

Comment: Governments must take a stand and stem the institutionalised discrimination that exists in their own policies and societies, writes Sam Fouad.

Alessandra Bocchi

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

In-depth: Non-Muslims have more rights than elsewhere in the region, but still face discrimination, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

Sam Fouad

Sisi and Trump: What do Copts see in strongmen?

Comment: The Coptic community in both the US and Egypt has thrown its support behind authoritarian leaders, but at what price? asks Sam Fouad.

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Israel-Russia summit meeting over Iran's future in Syria

The state leaders of Israel and Russia will meet in Sochi on Wednesday to discuss the future of Syria and Iran's involvement in any ongoing ...

The demise of <em>Arab</em>-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Loubna Mrie

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Comment: Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria deteriorated as a result of foreign interests and the regime's war tactics, writes Loubna ...

Gareth Browne

Iraq's Yazidis and Assyrians remain unconvinced by Kurdistan referendum

Comment: Whether the futures of Yazidis and Assyrians lie in Iraq or an independent Kurdistan, neither option is likely to guarantee their ...

Greek Orthodox Church moves to block Jerusalem land sale

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Greek Orthodox Church moves to block Jerusalem land sale

The Greek Orthodox patriarch in the Palestinian territories announced that his church will appeal the Israeli court approval of the sale of a ...

Anti-Islamophobia bill stalls in US Congress

Aaron Magid

Anti-Islamophobia bill stalls in US Congress

In-depth: Legislation that would ensure a foreigner could not be denied admission to the US because of their religion has failed to get off the ...

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Michael Duffy

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Comment: While the military victory against IS in Mosul is complete, the conditions that facilitated their return are still firmly in place, ...

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