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Of Iran's 80 million people, estimates suggest under 50,000 are transgender, meaning their gender identity does not match the sex or gender they were identified as having at birth.

Comment: Until the Israeli government's occupation and dispossession policies change, the Nakba will continue, writes Elias Jahshan.

'Next time in Jerusalem': Israel's Eurovision win sparks backlash

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'Next time in Jerusalem': Israel's Eurovision win sparks backlash

While Netta Barzilai's victory sparked celebration in Israel, both her costume and references to Jerusalem caused controversy online.

Inside Kashmir's last leper colony

The New Arab

Inside Kashmir's last leper colony

Photoblog: Meeting the carers who work day in and day out in Kashmir's last leper colony, established by the British a century ago to isolate ...

Why women in Kashmir are struggling with marriage

Sana Fazili

Why women in Kashmir are struggling with marriage

Society: From dowry demands to 'physical appearance requests', Sana Fazili speaks to women in Kashmir battling with maintaining their values ...

The New Arab

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 modernisation drive led by the kingdom's crown prince.

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WWE slammed for excluding women wrestlers in Saudi Arabia

Women wrestlers will not feature in shows in Saudi Arabia, a move criticised by fans who say WWE "chose money" over their stars.

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 ...

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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.

Iranian official arrested for 'mixed-sex dance video'

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Iranian official arrested for 'mixed-sex dance video'

Iran has arrested a senior official after a video posted online showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy city of ...

Guma El-Gamaty

Misrata and Zintan reconciliation bypasses UN bureaucrats

Comment: The recent, locally driven reconciliation accord has upstaged UN efforts, putting Libyan leaders back in the driving seat, writes Guma ...

Iraq scouts make comeback in former IS bastion Mosul

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Iraq scouts make comeback in former IS bastion Mosul

More than 200 male and female scout leaders from across Iraq recently converged on Mosul, months after its liberation from Islamic State ...

Systematic sexual abuse perpetrated in Syria

Umar Lateef Misgar

Systematic sexual abuse perpetrated in Syria

In-depth: The Assad regime uses rape of women and men, girls and boys, as a weapon of war, but opposition groups are also guilty of abuses, ...

Italy's newcomers face post-election hostility from all sides

Marta Bellingreri

Italy's newcomers face post-election hostility from all sides

In-depth: After an election which saw many Italians turn to anti-immigrant parties on both the left and the right, Italy's newcomers fear for ...

Could Uber offer Istanbul’s taxicabs a needed shakeup?

Charlie Faulkner

Could Uber offer Istanbul’s taxicabs a needed shakeup?

Feature: The consumer discontent with Istanbul's taxicabs following a surge of customers switching to 'better' Uber services may be the shake-up ...

Marta Bellingreri

The women shaping Amman

Women are the vanguard of Jordan's artistic scene, forging new paths at the intersections of creative industry, reports Marta Bellingreri.

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Iran against using force regarding hijab: Women's affairs VP

Comparing hijab laws to anti-nudity laws elsewhere, Iran's vice president says authorities are against using 'force' to ensure women wear hijabs.

Karim Traboulsi

Manspreaders and cat-callers should face whipping, Iranian women demand

Iranian activists are demanding authorities enforce a law that would see men guilty of harassment and manspreading in public receive up to 74 ...

The New Arab

Video showing Iran policeman shoving headscarf protester sparks outrage

A video showing a woman protesting the mandatory headscarf being met with a heavy-handed response by police has caused a social media storm.

La Sposa Yemenita: The expression of women in Yemen

Justin Salhani

La Sposa Yemenita: The expression of women in Yemen

A new graphic novel aims to portray a Yemen beyond al-Qaeda, civil war and child marriage. Justin Salhani met its creator, Laura Silvia ...

Charlie Faulkner

Turkey: Temporary refuge or new home for Syrians?

In-depth: Two families, their lives devastated by war, are among millions facing rising tensions in Turkey, the country of their refuge, and the ...

'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

Ruqaya Izzidien

'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

Comment: Black Panther's characters are coincidentally black, rather than crudely pigeonholed. It's time their Arab and Muslim counterparts ...

Lindsay Lohan boosts 'trend-setting' London Modest Fashion Week

Sophia Akram

Lindsay Lohan boosts 'trend-setting' London Modest Fashion Week

In its second edition, the world's foremost modest fashion event appeals to new audiences beyond modest clothing customers with a message of ...

Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

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Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

A Saudi cleric has come under fire on social media over a ruling that women do not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe, prompting a ...

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