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Yalla, let's eat! Continuing our review series of Middle Eastern restaurants, we visit Asmak al-Basha, a fish restaurant in the heart of London's Iraqi community.

Lebanese superstar diva Fairouz reimagines 'Imagine'

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Lebanese superstar diva Fairouz reimagines 'Imagine'

John Lennon’s hit song 'Imagine' has been covered by an iconic Lebanese singer, Fairouz, who uses the track to discuss the region's current affairs.

Who are Israel's Druze community?

Charlie Hoyle

Who are Israel's Druze community?

In-depth: The 120,000-strong community is unique in its self-identification and shares a complex relationship with Israel's state, society, and ...

<em>Arabic</em> lit magazine features longlisted novels for top prize

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Arabic lit magazine features longlisted novels for top prize

Arabic translation literary magazine Banipal has released this year's summer issue, which is dedicated to highlighting recently ...

Emile Nakhleh

Is it time to write the GCC's epitaph?

Comment: Now that they feel relatively secure, GCC members - particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE - are more confident in attacking others, threatening the GCC's union, writes Emile Nakhleh.

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Liberation from militants leaves devastation in Mosul

Backed by US airstrikes, Iraq's forces wrested Mosul from the Islamic State group militants at the cost of enormous destruction. The nearly ...

Diana Alghoul

'Taking Palestine Everywhere': A modern twist to deep-rooted tradition

Taking the traditional olive tree from Palestine, Bethlehem-based jewellery company Nadya Hazbunova is the work

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Iraqi reconciliation conference postponed 'until further notice'

A UN-backed reconciliation conference aimed at uniting a divided Iraq after the defeat of IS in Mosul has been postponed 'until further notice', ...

Anti-Qatar countries to drop demand on Al-Jazeera's closure

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Anti-Qatar countries to drop demand on Al-Jazeera's closure

An anti-Qatar coalition of Arab nations look set to back down on a demand on Doha to close flagship media network Al-Jazeera.

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The Iraq Report: Victory amid the rubble of Mosul

Analysis: Welcome to a special edition of The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq.

Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul​

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Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul​

Iraq's prime minister declared victory over the Islamic State group after security forces ended the militants' rule in the city of Mosul.

Why some Arab countries want to shutter Al-Jazeera

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Why some Arab countries want to shutter Al-Jazeera

Professor Philip Seib writes for The Conversation how the media network has been an ire for Middle Eastern rulers, who prefer to control the ...

Djinn no tonic for Gulf crisis

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Djinn no tonic for Gulf crisis

A journalist for a Saudi-owned news network has said that Qataris have hired African wizards to summon spirits to solve the Gulf crisis

US judge extends stay protecting Iraqis facing deportation

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US judge extends stay protecting Iraqis facing deportation

A US judge has halted the deportation of hundreds of Iraqi nationals for another two weeks as attorneys argue they could face religious ...

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Outrage as young Emirati arrested over 'sympathy' with Qatar

The arrest of young Emirati activist Ghanem Abdullah Mattar by UAE authorities for allegedly expressing sympathy with Qatar over the recent Saudi-led blockade prompted outrage from Arab social media users.

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Two Iraqi journalists killed in village south of Mosul

Two Iraqi television journalists were killed by the Islamic State group while a third was trapped on Friday in the same village south of Mosul.

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The Iraq Report: Battle for Mosul drags on

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

David Powell

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

Comment: There was nothing inevitable about the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Instead, it was a product of the regime's 'divide and ...

Iraqi lawmakers demand inquiry into 'Blackwater-linked' security firm

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Iraqi lawmakers demand inquiry into 'Blackwater-linked' security firm

Iraqi parliamentarians have called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to scrap contracts with a US company over alleged connections to the ...

Karim Traboulsi

Oppa Dahieh Style: Searching for K-Pop in Hizballah land

Beirut's southern suburb is the new Gangnam for the South Korean video blogger who calls himself The Daily Oppa.

SDF launch attack on IS in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

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SDF launch attack on IS in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched a renewed offensive on the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqqa on Friday night, after the militants ...

IS withdraws from Syria's Aleppo in latest territorial loss

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IS withdraws from Syria's Aleppo in latest territorial loss

The Islamic State group withdrew from Aleppo province, a monitor said on Friday, after more than four years in the Syrian province.

Syrian man bludgeoned with hammer by Russian mercenaries

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian man bludgeoned with hammer by Russian mercenaries

A horrific video has emerged showing a Syrian man being struck repeatedly with a large hammer by armed men thought to be Russian mercenaries ...

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