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Seventeen-year-old Afaf Raed Sharif, from Ramallah, beat 16 finalists from across the Arab world to land the top prize in the second annual Arab Reading Challenge.

Jordanian TV presenter Shadia Bseiso has become the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Ex-Tunisian dictator Ben Ali makes public appearance

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Ex-Tunisian dictator Ben Ali makes public appearance

Photos of the ousted ex-Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali attending the lavish engagement of his daughter appeared online on Friday.

Syrian 'regime soldiers on catwalk' at Beirut fashion show

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Syrian 'regime soldiers on catwalk' at Beirut fashion show

A Syrian fashion designer has sparked anger after she posed on the catwalk with models dressed in Syrian military uniforms at a show in Lebanon.

UK prioritises trade over human rights in UAE

Joe Odell

UK prioritises trade over human rights in UAE

Comment: The UK government needs to apply more pressure on the UAE if it is to ever change its atrocious record on human rights, writes Joe ...

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Hosting of World Cup 'non-negotiable': Qatar responds to UAE

Qatar has strongly criticised Emirati officials for questioning Doha's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament "is not up for discussion or negotiation".

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UAE issues new threat to Qatar 2022 World Cup

Another attack has been launched on Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup, with UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash saying 'Doha should review ...

Scott Weiner

Vocations and vaccinations: The politics of Oman's anti-measles campaign

Analysis: Opening up to greater regional integration and economic diversification presents public health challenges to Oman's policymakers, ...

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Dubai security chief tells Qatar to cancel World Cup

Dubai security official Dhahi Khalfan has courted controversy again after telling Doha a Saudi-UAE blockade on Qatar will end if it ...

<em>Dubai</em> electrician jailed after stabbing colleague with 'smelly feet'

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Dubai electrician jailed after stabbing colleague with 'smelly feet'

An electrician in the UAE has been jailed after murdering his colleague in Dubai due to his victim's 'stinky feet'.

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Dubai tourist faces jail for 'brushing against' another man

Concerns have been raised about the welfare of a British man who faces up to three years in jail in Dubai for 'indecency'.

Boris Johnson's 'English lion' is an imperial embarrassment

Tom Charles

Boris Johnson's 'English lion' is an imperial embarrassment

Comment: The UK foreign secretary is not the only one who should be reassessing his imperialist outlook, writes Tom Charles.

Libya MPs demand apology from Johnson over Sirte comments

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Libya MPs demand apology from Johnson over Sirte comments

Libya's parliament in the east of the country on Thursday demanded British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson apologise over remarks about clearing ...

UK's Boris Johnson makes shocking gaffe about Libya's Sirte

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UK's Boris Johnson makes shocking gaffe about Libya's Sirte

Gaffe-prone UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson shocked a Conservative Party conference after saying British investors were looking to make ...

Yemen cholera cases to reach 'one million'

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Yemen cholera cases to reach 'one million'

Cholera cases in Yemen could reach one million by the end of the year, making it the fasting-growing epidemic of the disease in history.

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Fugitive ex-Thai Prime Minister Yingluck 'living in Dubai'

Fugitive ex-premier of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra is living in Dubai, Thailand's junta leader said on Thursday a day after she was handed a five-year jail term in absentia for negligence.

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British editor faces execution in UAE over wife's death

The British editor-at-large of Gulf News in Dubai pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a premeditated murder charge over his wife's death, ...

The New Arab

Emirati students are now taking 'moral lessons' at school

Emirati students have returned to school where they will study 'morals' for the first time, as the UAE seeks to assert its principles on the ...

Robert Cusack

UK lawyers: Abolish extradition to UAE over torture fears

A number of lawyers have petitioned the government to rip up a legal extradition treaty with the UAE, as all requests dating back seven years ...

Lawsuit filed against UAE security services for 'torturing Qataris'

Diana Alghoul

Lawsuit filed against UAE security services for 'torturing Qataris'

Update: Three prominent Qataris were allegedly illegally imprisoned and threatened with rape by UAE security officers according to a lawsuit ...

The New Arab

India busts over 1,000 bogus job offers in UAE

“Of the 1,078 enquiries received till August 31 this year, only 73 job offers were found genuine,” said Dinesh Kumar, the Indian Embassy’s first ...

Oman sees trade boost following Qatar blockade

Paul McLoughlin

Oman sees trade boost following Qatar blockade

Oman appears to have benefited from the Gulf political crisis by staying neutral in the fracas, with the sultanate seeing a boom in trade with ...

Saudi Arabia overhauling 'ambitious' reform plan with broader targets

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Saudi Arabia overhauling 'ambitious' reform plan with broader targets

Saudi Arabia is redoing an "ambitious" reform plan for its government and economy by 2020, after its launch last year overlapped with other ...

Egypt's conscripts serving the army's economic empire

Jamal Boukhari

Egypt's conscripts serving the army's economic empire

The long read: Instead of creating paid jobs for civilians, Sisi is using Egyptian army conscripts to build his engineering megaprojects. The ...

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