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World leaders are playing political chess with Jerusalem while Disneyfying its history, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Oman surprised in the Gulf Cup, winning a tournament at risk of being cancelled as tensions continue among neighbouring countries.

Mosul teachers learn to cope with traumatised pupils

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Mosul teachers learn to cope with traumatised pupils

Iraqi teachers in Mosul are learning how to help heal their students' mental scars of living under brutal Islamic State rule and a ferocious campaign to oust the group.

Viral video of Saudi gay wedding under official investigation

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Viral video of Saudi gay wedding under official investigation

In the first official response to the video footage that sent shock waves across social media, Saudi authorities say they are carrying out an ...

Saudi chess tournament controversy continues with Qatar 'mini-state' attack

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Saudi chess tournament controversy continues with Qatar 'mini-state' attack

Saudi Arabia has brought more controversy to a little-known chess tournament being held in the kingdom after the sports authority head attacked ...

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Iran rocked by rare anti-government protests

Protests over soaring prices and unemployment have spiralled into anti-government demonstrations across Iran, with the Trump administration condemning the arrest of peaceful protesters.

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Tehran police: No arrest for breaking Islamic dress code

Police in Tehran said women in the capital will no longer be arrested for failing to comply with the Islamic dress code in place since ...

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Saudi chess PR gambit checked by controversies

Saudi Arabia brushed aside rulings from top clerics to host a big money chess tournament, but the gambit to improve the kingdom's image has been ...

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Tunisia cooperating with UAE against female extremists' return

Tunisia says it will now work with the UAE following its ban on Tunisian women passengers after reports of jihadists returning from Iraq and ...

Egypt’s female flight attendants denounce 'fat-shaming' lawmaker

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Egypt’s female flight attendants denounce 'fat-shaming' lawmaker

The union of Egyptian flight attendants has angrily responded to criticism by a lawmaker of the weight and age of some female attendants ...

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Tunisia slams 'illegal' UAE travel ban on Tunisian women

A controversial blanket travel ban on Tunisian women by the UAE has led to angry reactions in Tunis.

O Jerusalem: The apocalypse returns in a theme park

Hadani Ditmars

O Jerusalem: The apocalypse returns in a theme park

Jerusalem is once again under the international spotlight, but the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the city were not always so ...

'Men without beards cause indecent thoughts in other men'

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'Men without beards cause indecent thoughts in other men'

Clean-shaven men 'cannot be distinguished from women' and can therefore cause 'indecent thoughts,' according to Islamic preacher Murat Bayaral ...

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

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Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

When the city went dark under Islamic State's rule, Mosul Eye bravely documented its atrocities. Now, the blogger has ended his anonymity with ...

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Sophia the 'Saudi' robot calls for women's rights

A humanoid named Sophia who was granted Saudi citizenship last month, says she wants to fight for women's rights according to her creator.

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Saudi Arabia to issue first tourist visas in 2018

Saudi Arabia is set to begin issuing tourist visas in 2018, part of the powerful crown prince's plans to open up the secluded kingdom to foreign ...

Ruqaya Izzidien

Quizzing schoolgirls in hijab highlights Ofsted's false morality

Comment: Ofsted's move is not about equality for Muslim girls, but policing brown bodies; ensuring we can control Muslims in Britain, writes ...

Vacy Vlazna

Inside the Battle of Algiers: Lessons for Palestine

Comment: Zohra Drif's gripping account of her actions as a young freedom fighter in 1950s Algiers has important lessons for the Palestinian ...

Superstar Haifa Wehbe's shorts cause a scandal in Egypt

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Superstar Haifa Wehbe's shorts cause a scandal in Egypt

Pop icon Haifa Wehbe was reported to Egyptian authorities for wearing shorts on stage during a concert in Cairo.

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Saudi Arabia warming to tourism, but will it open?

Saudi Arabia is a land of sun, sea and sand, and now Riyadh is looking to capitalise on this by opening the country up to tourism.

Lessons from the 'female modesty' obsession

Amal Awad

Lessons from the 'female modesty' obsession

Comment: To help women change the currency of their relationships to men, we must teach them who they can be, without framing it in relation to ...

Settlement withdrawal 'unnecessary,' says key Israeli opposition leader

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Settlement withdrawal 'unnecessary,' says key Israeli opposition leader

Labour Party leader accused of pandering to 'impractical' consensus among Israelis about annexing Palestinian land.

Saudi Arabia cancels Egyptian singer Sherine's charity concert

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Saudi Arabia cancels Egyptian singer Sherine's charity concert

Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring famous Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab.

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