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Iraq hanged 38 people accused of belonging to militant groups as international rights groups voice concerns about use of the death penalty in Iraq.

This week in Iraq: Was Abadi's declaration of victory just a political stunt?

Abu Dhabi: A tale of two emirates

Joe Odell

Abu Dhabi: A tale of two emirates

Comment: The recent soft power push has far more to do with strategic military interests, weapons contracts and the steady flow of oil, than cultural collaboration, writes Joe Odell.

Sisi's prisons 'breeding ground' for radicalisation: former prisoner

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Sisi's prisons 'breeding ground' for radicalisation: former prisoner

Rights groups estimate political prisoners in Egypt to be around a staggering 60,000. The injustice in Egypt's prisons has left many ...

Libya slavery scandal: Europe 'complicit' in migrant abuse

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Libya slavery scandal: Europe 'complicit' in migrant abuse

Amnesty International says Europe governments' support for Libya's coastguard in curbing migrant flow makes it "complicit" in the detention, ...

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, however, could be screened at home.

The New Arab

Sudanese women arrested 'for wearing trousers' released

Sudanese morality police raided a gathering in the capital Khartoum last week and arrested 24 women for wearing trousers.

The New Arab & agencies

Libya's Sufi shrines under attack by 'extremist militias': HRW

Human Rights Watch has condemned a series of attacks against Sufi shrines in Libya carried out by 'extremist' militia ...

Rothna Begum

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Comment: While the #MeToo outcry is exposing sexual harassment mostly in the West, we must remember that abuse, often by employers, happens ...

Waste Bank: Israeli refuse dumped in the occupied territories

Ylenia Gostoli

Waste Bank: Israeli refuse dumped in the occupied territories

In-depth: While Israel is increasing the amount of waste it produces and recycles, it is doing so at the expense of Palestinians, according to a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey pro-Kurdish leader goes on trial over 'terror' links

Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was first detained in November last year in a crackdown under the state of emergency ...

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

Houthi rebels seize pro-Saleh channel, hold journalists hostage

The New Arab

Houthi rebels seize pro-Saleh channel, hold journalists hostage

Employees of a GPC-affiliated television channel in Yemen are allegedly being held hostage by Houthi rebels in the capital, Reporters Without ...

HRW: Widespread violations in Iraq against IS suspects

The New Arab

HRW: Widespread violations in Iraq against IS suspects

The leading rights group found that Iraqi authorities were committing widespread violations against those detained on suspicion of ...

Kuwait unites Qatari-Gulf families separated by Saudi-led blockade

The New Arab

Kuwait unites Qatari-Gulf families separated by Saudi-led blockade

Families torn apart by the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain speak of the difficulties they face in trying to reunited and ...

The New Arab

Myanmar anger after Pope uses term 'Rohingya' in Bangladesh

After the Pope avoided using the term Rohingya in his visit to Myanmar, there was a flurry of online anger when using the term in Bangladesh

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon garbage burning is serious risk to health: report

HRW said the Lebanese government's failure to bring under control the country's garbage crisis has led to open burning of waste which threatens ...

The New Arab & agencies

HRW condemns 'Haftar-linked summary executions' in eastern Libya

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned a series of summary executions of dozens of people in areas of eastern ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: US 'violated child soldiers law'

This week in Iraq: Insurgent attacks intensify after the Islamic State group is routed from its territory, while fears are raised over next ...

Saudi Arabia 'expels more than 1,300 Ethiopians'

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia 'expels more than 1,300 Ethiopians'

Ethiopian officials say more than 70,000 people have returned home since Saudi Arabia ordered all undocumented migrants to leave in March.

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South Sudan violence against women 'is twice global average'

As the world's youngest nation approaches its fifth year of civil war, rape has often been used as a weapon by both government and opposition ...

Deadly Egypt mosque attack puts Sinai strategy in spotlight

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Deadly Egypt mosque attack puts Sinai strategy in spotlight

Egypt's years-long campaign against an insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula is under increasing scrutiny following a horrifying mosque ...

Repression not reform: HRW condemns Saudi Arabia's counterterrorism law

The New Arab & agencies

Repression not reform: HRW condemns Saudi Arabia's counterterrorism law

Saudi Arabia's new counterterrorism law, which criminalises criticism of its rulers and classes 'disturbing public order' a terrorist act, has ...

Israel's assault on Palestinian children: Will US Congress act?

Usaid Siddiqui

Israel's assault on Palestinian children: Will US Congress act?

Comment: A new US bill aims to prevent American funding from supporting the detention of Palestinian children - but it has yet to pass through ...

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