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The British Museum's historical approach to contemporary art is well-suited to these works from Syria and Iraq, whose origins betray an optimism for a better future, writes Hadani Ditmars.

A man has been arrested after a mounted the pavement and crashed into crowds waiting outside a London museum in a popular tourist district.

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

Warda Mohamed and Tony Fortin

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

The long read: The US and UK are often lambasted for their sales of weaponry to Saudi Arabia. But France cannot be overlooked, write Warda Mohamed and Tony Fortin.

Life for Libyan women six years after the revolution

Alessandra Bocchi

Life for Libyan women six years after the revolution

In-depth: Libyan women played an active part in overthrowing Colonel Gadafi and now their role in society is changing, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

Art <em>exhibition</em> '100 Days of Blockade' unveiled in Doha

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Art exhibition '100 Days of Blockade' unveiled in Doha

Qatar's museum authority has launched the first stage of an art exhibition focused on a diplomatic and economic blockade of the Gulf ...

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Greece: ending EU talks with Turkey 'strategic mistake'

Greek leader Alexis Tsipras has urged EU powers to keep the door open for Turkey despite relations between the two parties reaching their lowest ebb in years.

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International football legends in Iraq for historic all-star match

The Iraqi city of Basra saw 65,000 football-mad spectators enjoy a thrilling 90-minute spectacle featuring international legends and Iraq's own ...

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Attacks on Iran are 'unlikely' says Tehran's military chief

Iran's military chief has said that even "unwise" leaders in the West would avoid a ground attack on his country as they know it would come at a ...

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Day of the Disappeared: Almost 80,000 Syrians still missing

On International Day of the Disappeared, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Syrian regime to reveal the fate of ...

Occupied Jerusalem the focus of first Palestinian Museum show

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Occupied Jerusalem the focus of first Palestinian Museum show

The Palestinian Museum has launched its inaugural exhibition with a highly political art show focusing on Israel's occupation of east ...

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Deaths, injuries reported as rockets strike Damascus business fair

Rocket fire killed five people and injured dozens more on Sunday near the Damascus International Fair, a key business gathering being held for ...

Rockets hits regime-held Damascus business fair, injuries reported

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Rockets hits regime-held Damascus business fair, injuries reported

Rocket fire injured several people on Sunday near the entrance to the Damascus International Fair, a key business gathering being held for the ...

Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law

Lebanon has become the latest Middle Eastern country to repeal a law allowing rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims.

Parviz Tanavoli and his triumphant Lions of Iran

Hadani Ditmars

Parviz Tanavoli and his triumphant Lions of Iran

Blog: Tanavoli's exhibition in Tehran offers a rich, complex take on his nation's history, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Morocco jails six for hailing Russian envoy Ankara murder

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Morocco jails six for hailing Russian envoy Ankara murder

A court in Morocco has sentenced six people to one year in jail for hailing the December 2016 assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey in ...

Tom Charles

Can London's Palestine Expo help redress Israel bias?

Comment: While solidarity with Palestine becomes more mainstream, UK and international institutions still firmly favour Israel, writes Tom Charles.

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Iranians hold ‘Trumpism’ cartoon contest to mock US leader

Iranians have organised a “Trumpism” cartoon contest in which hundreds of participants were invited to submit artwork mocking the US leader.

Joe Odell

Arms deals, speculation and repression: A very British Brexit

Comment: With trade between the UAE and the UK set to increase post-Brexit, state repression in the UAE is only set to get worse, writes Joe ...

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Car explodes in ‘attempted attack’ on Paris’ Champs-Elysees

A car exploded and burst into flames after it crashed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Monday, police and ...

The victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy The victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

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The victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

A Syrian refugee and an acclaimed photographer have been named as two of at least 30 people killed when a fire ripped through the Grenfell Tower ...

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Mashrou' Leila banned from performing in Jordan...yet again

A scheduled Mashrou' Leila concert has been banned by Jordan's interior ministry, local reports said on Monday, after a similar ban was put in ...

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

Hadani Ditmars

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

Blog: Terrorism is us, and the sooner we connect our shared experiences of oppression, the less power we give to the twin ideologies of hatred, ...

Parviz Tanavoli and the Lions of Iran

Hadani Ditmars

Parviz Tanavoli and the Lions of Iran

Blog: A timely exhibition is more than a timely exploration of the history and soul of a nation, writes Hadani Ditmars

Lebanon Pride proceeds despite Islamists declaring 'war on homosexuality'

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Lebanon Pride proceeds despite Islamists declaring 'war on homosexuality'

Organisers of Lebanon's first gay pride festival have vowed to go ahead even despite ultra-conservative religious figures declaring 'war on ...

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