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Comment: Denmark is the latest European country to have exploited fears over refugees and terrorism for right-wing political gain, writes CJ Werleman.

Denmark's parliament passed a law on Thursday banning face coverings in public places, including the Islamic niqab and burqa.

Indonesian designer jailed over multi-billion dollar hajj tour fraud

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Indonesian designer jailed over multi-billion dollar hajj tour fraud

Anniesa Hasibuan has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of cheating customers who booked packages to travel to the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Russia police arrest Syria regime looters in ravaged Yarmouk

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Russia police arrest Syria regime looters in ravaged Yarmouk

Russian military police have arrested a group of Syrian regime soldiers for looting homes in the ravaged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, which was ...

I don't need your suhoor makeover, MAC

Ruqaya Izzidien

I don't need your suhoor makeover, MAC

Comment: MAC's 'glamorous suhoor' makeup advert exposes its complete lack of understanding of Muslims and Ramadan, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

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Philippines lifts Kuwait travel ban following workers' rights deal

The Philippines has lifted its ban on its workers travelling to Kuwait, after a deal was reached between the two countries.

Sami Rahman

UK retailers cash in on Ramadan and Eid

Ramadan series: Retailers and brands are cashing in on Ramadan, but is enough being done to engage and accommodate the diverse and ever-changing ...

CJ Werleman

In Israel, extremist rabbis are becoming the norm

Comment: Benjamin Netanyahu has come to depend on extremist rabbis and the ultra-orthodox community for his political survival, writes CJ ...

Matt Broomfield

The abusive NGO with a stranglehold on refugees' lives

Investigation: Refugees on Lesvos say volunteers use promises of food, clothes and WiFi to coerce the vulnerable into converting to ...

Palestinian traditional dabkeh dancing confronts Israeli occupation, says ex-minister

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Palestinian traditional dabkeh dancing confronts Israeli occupation, says ex-minister

A former minister and peace negotiator in the Palestinian Authority has said that the traditional dance known as dabkeh is a powerful weapon ...

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Saudi prince orders all workers to wear 'traditional clothing'

A Saudi prince has ordered that private sector workers must wear traditional clothing to "strengthen national identity", despite a ...

#GreatReturnMarch organisers call for 'Friday of Rebellious Youth'

Mohammed Moussa

#GreatReturnMarch organisers call for 'Friday of Rebellious Youth'

In-depth: Undeterred by Israeli violence, Great Return March protesters in Gaza are planning to uproot the border fence itself, reports Mohammed ...

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ...

Art of resistance: First Palestinian museum in US opens

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Art of resistance: First Palestinian museum in US opens

Palestinian resistance through culture and creativity is being celebrated at the first museum of its kind in the US.

Iran's President Rouhani hits out at morality police

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Iran's President Rouhani hits out at morality police

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has criticised the country's morality police in a rare attack on the country's conservative establishment.

Diana Alghoul

HRW denounces eviction of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

In-depth: Syrian refugees are being subjected to institutional violence, fuelled by scapegoating and a sharp rise in xenophobia, a new Human Rights Watch report has found.

Sheeffah Shiraz

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Report: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social ...

Marta Bellingreri

The struggle of refugee women across the sea

Feature: Women escaping war-torn countries to enter Europe for a better life are faced with many calamities, suffering the fate of all refugees ...

The New Arab

Less playing, more preaching: Cleric fired over piano videos

Sayed Hussein al-Husseini, a 38-year-old Shia Muslim, said he was punished for posting the videos of himself playing the piano.

Mum's (in) the word: challenging a 'sexist' Arabic root

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Mum's (in) the word: challenging a 'sexist' Arabic root

A leading Middle Eastern brand has teamed up with linguists to introduce a more gender-balanced term for 'parenthood', away from its current ...

The New Arab

IS claim abduction and murder of ten Iraqi policemen

IS sleeper cells in Iraq have continued their attacks on security forces in the country with the abduction and murder of ten police officers.

Abayas not mandatory for women, says Saudi crown prince

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Abayas not mandatory for women, says Saudi crown prince

Saudi women do not have to wear the traditional abaya gown and hijab headscarf, Riyadh's powerful crown prince has claimed, ahead of a ...

Theresa May must tell MbS to end male guardianship

Ruqaya Izzidien

Theresa May must tell MbS to end male guardianship

Comment: Rather than celebrating Mohammed bin Salman's baby step reforms, Theresa May should amplify the voices of Saudi women calling for the ...

Saudi Arabia bans 'dancing, swaying' at pop concert

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Saudi Arabia bans 'dancing, swaying' at pop concert

As a part of Saudi efforts to reform ultra-conservative social restrictions, authorities are planning to host a pop concert but have banned ...

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