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Interview: Quentin Muller speaks to Moqtada al-Sadr's chief of staff, Dhia al-Asadi, about the Iraqi cleric's vision for Iraq.

Lebanese ministers are set to review a decision by the country's security agency not to stamp Iranian passports at the airport, an interior ministry source said.

Jerusalem churches cry foul over Israeli tax law

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Jerusalem churches cry foul over Israeli tax law

In February, the Jerusalem municipality began enforcing tax collection on church property, while lawmakers in the parliament worked on advancing a law that would allow expropriation of church property.

The hijacking of AFP: Lessons for beginner journalists

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

The hijacking of AFP: Lessons for beginner journalists

Comment: AFP has made some crucial - and elementary - mistakes in its profile of academic Azmi Bishara, writes Abdelwahab El-Affendi.

Jewish artefacts feared stolen amid chaos of Syria war

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Jewish artefacts feared stolen amid chaos of Syria war

Activists have raised concerns about Jewish artefacts that appear to have been stoled from Syria and sold outside the country.

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Jewish artefacts disappear from Damascus in fog of war

Jewish artefacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from Damascus amid the ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.

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Egypt ministers sworn in, with new cabinet faces

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi unveiled a host of new cabinet members, which will be led by the country's former housing minister.

Sam Hamad

Russia's world cup has Syrian blood on its hands

Comment: Russia's World Cup adds to its global panoply of PR, designed to normalise all its actions, including the Syrian genocide, writes Sam ...

Bahia Mardini

Ramadan was once a special time for Syrians

Comment: Bahia Mardini remembers a time when Ramadan in Syria was about celebrating, sharing as a family and supporting those less fortunate. ...

Ethnicity vs religion: What does being a Muslim mean?

Khaled Diab

Ethnicity vs religion: What does being a Muslim mean?

Comment: In western Europe and the US, 'Muslim' is often used as a marker of ethnic origin, rather than of religion, writes Khaled Diab.

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Turkey slams 'racist', 'anti-Islam' Austria following mosque closures

Turkey's presidential spokesperson has fired back at Austria over the closure of Turkish-linked mosques, and potential deportation of dozens of ...

Austria closes mosques, expels imams in 'political Islam' crackdown

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Austria closes mosques, expels imams in 'political Islam' crackdown

Austria's right-wing government in launching a crackdown on mosques and imams it links to 'political Islam'

AFP endorses regime-led narrative against leading Arab democrat

Abdulrahman Elshayyal

AFP endorses regime-led narrative against leading Arab democrat

Why did the AFP decide to publish a slanderous piece about Azmi Bishara, a prominent proponent of democracy and freedom in the region?

Listen to Arab women: They know what they're doing

Amal Awad

Listen to Arab women: They know what they're doing

Comment: The voices of women from ethnic minorities are not trusted as authorities in their own lives. Arab women can - and do - speak for ...

Lebanon 'grants nationality to Assad-linked businessmen, officials'

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Lebanon 'grants nationality to Assad-linked businessmen, officials'

A decree in Lebanon has reportedly granted nationality to several Syrian businessmen and officials linked to the regime of President Bashar ...

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Two Egyptian soldiers, eight jihadists killed in Sinai operation

Two Egyptian soldiers and eight Islamists have been killed in counter-terrorism clashes in the Sinai, the Egyptian military reported on Tuesday.

James J. Zogby

US International Religious Freedom Commission: From bad to worse

Comment: The USCRIF is a deeply flawed entity that sees everything through the reductionist lens of religious freedom, writes James J. Zogby.

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt bans YouTube for one month over anti-Islam video

A top Egyptian court ruled that YouTube be blocked for one month over a video published years ago that attacked Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

Mona Alami

In Syria, Iran-Israel rivalry puts Russian alliances in spotlight

Comment: Russia's ties with the Assad regime will of course prevail, writes Mona Alami.

Egyptian TV series causes outrage among Copts

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Egyptian TV series causes outrage among Copts

Egyptians have responded in outrage after a Ramadan series showed a man disguised as a priest committing fraud and smoking.

Khaled Diab

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Comment: Lewis' 'clash of the civilisations' theory made him the orientalist of choice for America's neo-conservative establishment, writes ...

Lebanon's Berri re-elected for sixth term as parliament speaker

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Lebanon's Berri re-elected for sixth term as parliament speaker

Nabih Berri, who is now 80, has been Lebanon's parliamentary speaker since 1992

Egypt <em>Christian</em> family feeds hundreds of Muslims during Ramadan

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Egypt Christian family feeds hundreds of Muslims during Ramadan

A Christian Egyptian family is organising daily feasts for hundreds Muslims marking the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from ...

Lebanon's Fairouz releases song honouring victims of Gaza massacre

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Lebanon's Fairouz releases song honouring victims of Gaza massacre

One of the Arab world's most beloved singers has released a song to express solidarity for the recent victims of Israeli massacres of ...

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