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Women in the Middle East have shared their experiences with sexual assault and harassment as part of the global #MeToo hashtag to raise awareness of the magnitude of the problem.

Iran's 'alternative Facebook' site Cloob has completely shut down its services after struggling with years of censorship.

PLO: 'US risks isolating itself by alienating Palestinians'

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PLO: 'US risks isolating itself by alienating Palestinians'

The PLO has warned that the US faces international isolation due to its decision to withdraw from the UN's cultural association UNESCO over its perceived anti-Israel bias.

German minister sparks uproar with Muslim holiday proposal

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German minister sparks uproar with Muslim holiday proposal

Conservatives in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition have been in an uproar after one of her key allies floated the idea of a Muslim ...

Former French <em>culture</em> minister picked to head UNESCO Former French culture minister picked to head UNESCO

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Former French culture minister picked to head UNESCO

Audrey Azoulay, who is Jewish of Moroccan origin, will face the difficult task of trying to persuade the United States and Israel to remain as ...

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Muslim Vikings? Allah inscriptions found on Norse burial clothing

Swedish researchers have discovered Arabic-language characters on Viking burial clothes, shedding light on the Muslim world's surprising links to the seafaring people.

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Egypt priest stabbed to death in possible hate crime

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has said a priest has been killed in a knife attack in a poor Cairo district, the latest deadly assault on ...

Umar Lateef Misgar

Shooting the messenger- India's war against Kashmiri journalists

Journalists in Kashmir are being unfairly targeted for doing their jobs, as the Indian state fears the bad publicity their work can bring.

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Qatar crisis looms over UNESCO leadership vote

Two Arab candidates and France's former culture minister are vying to become the new head of the UN's embattled culture and ...

Britain's greatest athlete - a Muslim called Mohamed

Jamil Hussein

Britain's greatest athlete - a Muslim called Mohamed

Mo Farah is arguably Britain's greatest ever athlete, but the country still has a way to go before it truly accepts and celebrates its diverse ...

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US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO citing 'anti-Israel bias'

Israel followed the United States on Thursday in announcing its withdrawal from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation, after ...

Qatar, France neck-and-neck for UNESCO chief

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Qatar, France neck-and-neck for UNESCO chief

Qatar's Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari and France's Audrey Azoulay are neck-and-neck in the race to head the UN's cultural body.

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

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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 ...

Mauritania and Algeria to open borders

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Mauritania and Algeria to open borders

Mauritania is turning to Algeria in a bid to enhance its economic ties with the oil-rich country after years of tension with Morocco, writes ...

Catalonia and Kurdistan's contrasting referendums

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Catalonia and Kurdistan's contrasting referendums

Blog: Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia both held popular independence referendums in recent weeks, but the implications of each remain very ...

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Qatari former culture minister tipped to head UNESCO

UNESCO might have its first Arab head of the prestigious UN cultural association, as Qatar's Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari leads the race in voting.

Usman Butt

Lie down on a couch with the Arabic Freud

Book review: The growth of psychoanalysis as a popular science in the Middle East in the post-war period encourages another look at classical ...

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Civil rights groups urge UNESCO to reject Egypt's nominee

Rights groups are urging UNESCO to reject the candidacy of Egypt's nominee to head the agency, alleging she is complicit in state attacks on the ...

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Sahrawi youth: Caught between home and a hard place

Blog: With few opportunities at home, Sahrawi youth are finding themselves lured by the dream of escaping to Europe, writes Habibulah Mohamed ...

Rationalising the male gaze: Brutalised bunnies and demonised niqabis

Hadani Ditmars

Rationalising the male gaze: Brutalised bunnies and demonised niqabis

Blog: Covered or revealed, the female body is merely an object when it comes to the eyes of the patriarchy, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens ...

Women singers return to Saudi TV after decades-long ban

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Women singers return to Saudi TV after decades-long ban

Saudi Arabia brings back female singers to state-run television after a ban that lasted over 30 years, in its latest step towards attempting to ...

Egyptian officials in Gaza ahead of Palestinian unity talks

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Egyptian officials in Gaza ahead of Palestinian unity talks

Senior delegates from Egypt arrived in the besieged Gaza strip on Sunday, ahead of talks designed to unite Palestine's Fatah and Hamas groups.

Hundreds Catalans injured as Spanish police violently suppress voting

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Hundreds Catalans injured as Spanish police violently suppress voting

Shocking scenes have emerged from Catalonia where Spanish police have employed violence to prevent an independence vote taking place.

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