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A retired Egyptian actress has sparked intense debate after deciding to ditch the Islamic face-veil and return to acting after a decade-long repentance from the silver screen.

Former Siemens CEO Klaus Kleinfeld had made his 'comeback' to the corporate world with a Saudi leap of faith, when he was chosen to lead NEOM last year.

Saudi woman takes victory lap in Formula One car

The New Arab

Saudi woman takes victory lap in Formula One car

Racing driver Aseel al-Hamad hit the track ahead of the French Grand Prix as her compatriots drove in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

Celebration over Saudi driving ban lift marred by arrests

The New Arab & agencies

Celebration over Saudi driving ban lift marred by arrests

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday but the jubilation is dented by the jailing of female activists who ...

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Feature: Iraq remains one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists as they continue to be targeted,but different voices are still ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sheikha Hala, wife of Bahrain's crown prince, dies

Sheikha Hala bint D'aji Al Khalifa, the wife of Bahrain's crown prince, has died, the country's news agency has reported

Marta Bellingreri

Challenges and hope for female parliamentary candidates in Iraq

In-depth: Nearly a third of the 7,000 candidates in Iraq's elections are women - but many have had campaign posters torn down and faced threats ...

The New Arab & agencies

14 Saddam-era officials remain behind bars in Iraq: survey

An AFP survey has found that 14 Saddam-era officials remain in detention 15 years after the climax of the US-led invasion in 2003.

The New Arab & agencies

Cousin charged with killing Syrian activist pair in Turkey

Ahmet Barakat has been handed two life sentences without parole for the double murder of his relatives Orouba and Hala Barakat, ...

Theresa May must tell MbS to end male guardianship

Ruqaya Izzidien

Theresa May must tell MbS to end male guardianship

Comment: Rather than celebrating Mohammed bin Salman's baby step reforms, Theresa May should amplify the voices of Saudi women calling for the ...

The New Arab

FBI investigating murder of Syrian journalist and activist mother

The FBI is investigating the murder of Syrian-American journalist Hala Barakat and her opposition activist mother Orouba in Turkey, ...

#HalaBelKhamis: In Middle East, Thank God it's Thursday!

Karim Traboulsi

#HalaBelKhamis: In Middle East, Thank God it's Thursday!

Hala Bel Khamis is the most annoying thing to reach virality in the Arab world since Despacito, but what is it exactly?

Cousin and killer of Syrian activists 'confesses to murders'

The New Arab

Cousin and killer of Syrian activists 'confesses to murders'

A man who murdered a Syrian mother and daughter in Turkey's Istanbul, has confessed to the murders, reports have said.

Iraq's Kirkuk to take part in Kurdish independence referendum

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq's Kirkuk to take part in Kurdish independence referendum

The disputed region of Kirkuk in northern Iraq voted on Tuesday to take part in next month’s Kurdish independence referendum, councillors said.

Arab-Christian chants embody Middle East's shared cultural heritage

Charlie Hoyle

Arab-Christian chants embody Middle East's shared cultural heritage

A rich thread of sacred musical tradition weaves through ancient Muslim and Christian artistic and cultural heritage, writes Charlie Hoyle.

The New Arab & agencies

A generation of Syrian children 'lost to trauma'

Air raids and shelling have left Syrian children in a state of terror, as Save the Children release a harrowing and heartbreaking report on the state of Syria's youngest citizens.

The New Arab

'Unqualified, ill-tempered': former diplomats condemn Trump's Israel ambassador choice

The former ambassadors to Israel questioned David Friedman's 'balance and temperament', saying that his support for an impracticable one-state ...

Jillian Kestler-D'Amours

Israeli 'lawfare'? Hasbara group in Canada human rights complaint

A pro-Israel group has claimed it was discriminated against over exclusion from social justice event, but organisers say this could be an ...

The New Arab

Jordan urged to deliver food into border refugee settlement

Tribal leaders representing residents of the Rukban refugee settlement near the Syrian-Jordanian border have appealed to the Jordanian ...

Sirte: From Gaddafi's oppression to the brutality of IS

The New Arab

Sirte: From Gaddafi's oppression to the brutality of IS

Feature: Investigating life in the Libyan city of Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, overrun by the Islamic State group and declared an 'Islamic ...

Fatima al-Hamed

Saudi women complain of restrictive electoral regulations

Despite being able to run for municipal elections for the first time, women in Saudi Arabia say regulations set by the country's electoral ...

Watching the beautiful game in Islamic State run Raqqa

Paul McLoughlin

Watching the beautiful game in Islamic State run Raqqa

In an act of defiance, football fans in Islamic State controlled Syrian city of Raqqa braved threats from violent IS extremists to watch ...

Untha: new Jerusalem-based label revives traditional Palestinian fashion

Nada Ramadan

Untha: new Jerusalem-based label revives traditional Palestinian fashion

Up-and-coming Jerusalem-based fashion label seeks to revive traditional Palestinian fashion by combining embroidery with modern styles, adding a ...

Palestinian satellite TV airs despite Israeli intimidation

AAAJ and agencies

Palestinian satellite TV airs despite Israeli intimidation

Now broadcasting live from a West Bank parking lot, a new Palestinian-funded satellite channel for Israel's Palestinian citizens already found ...

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