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

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

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.

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

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

The New Arab

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 ...

The New Arab

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 ...

Lebanon activists escalate pressure to scrap controversial rape law Lebanon activists escalate pressure to scrap controversial rape law

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Lebanon activists escalate pressure to scrap controversial rape law

A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code will go before parliament on May 15 and activists hope that MPs will vote to eliminate it.

Seraj Assi

Call it what you wish, it amounts to Apartheid

Comment: The Hebrew term, 'Hafrada' meaning 'segregation' has rapidly dropped from official Israeli rhetoric, apparently to avoid association with the notorious term 'apartheid,' writes Seraj Assi.

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Smoke engulfs central Dubai after huge fire in tower-block

Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the ...

Hadani Ditmars

Manufacturing soul: Dubai's emerging cultural capital

Blog: An extravaganza of artistic delights await visitors and residents alike this week as a series of cultural highlights take over the ...

Stasa Salacanin

Weapons sales: The key to Russia's Middle East agenda

Analysis: Moscow is seeking to expand its influence in the region, but it will have to play the long-game given the current geopolitical ...

Rebuilding hope: Destroyed Gaza home becomes temporary art installation

Ghada al-Haddad

Rebuilding hope: Destroyed Gaza home becomes temporary art installation

Society: Art can be found in the most unlikely of places, even amid the rubble of Israel's war against the Gaza Strip, reports Ghada al-Haddad.

The New Arab

UAE to start exporting its own armoured vehicles

NIMR Automotive is to build a whole fleet of armoured vehicles for the UAE army, in addition to a number of Eastern European countries.

UAE signs over $5bn in deals at arms fair

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UAE signs over $5bn in deals at arms fair

The UAE signed an order with Raytheon of the United States worth more than $740 million and with Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport for ...

AK47s for everyone? Kalashnikov sales double thanks to Middle-East

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AK47s for everyone? Kalashnikov sales double thanks to Middle-East

The Russian manufacturer of the famous AK47 rifle has claimed - without providing financial figures - his company's sales doubled in 2016, ...

From Moscow with Weapons: UAE-Russia sign anti-armour missile deal

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From Moscow with Weapons: UAE-Russia sign anti-armour missile deal

Russia is looking to expand its military investment in the Middle East by establishing a number of lucrative contracts with the UAE at the IDEX ...

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