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American author Reza Aslan said he was detained for hours at the Israel border and separated from his family.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his best wishes to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Monday, after a failed assassination attempt.

The Iraq Report: Basra's fury spreads to Baghdad

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The Iraq Report: Basra's fury spreads to Baghdad

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week includes a look into the causes of the most recent unrest, while Iraqi officials get sent to Riyadh.

Women's r-evolution in Turkey under Erdogan's AKP

Hilal Kaplan

Women's r-evolution in Turkey under Erdogan's AKP

Comment: Women's rights and freedoms under Erdogan's government have improved significantly, writes Hilal Kaplan.

Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

Usman Butt

Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

Book review: What can the Ottomans teach us about welcoming and integrating refugees? Dawn Chatty's book gives us some clues, writes Usman Butt.

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Israel freezes Armenian genocide bill 'until after Turkey elections'

Israel paused its work on the Armenian genocide bill until after Turkey's elections, an official said on Sunday.

Khaled Diab

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Comment: Lewis' 'clash of the civilisations' theory made him the orientalist of choice for America's neo-conservative establishment, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Venezuela's Maduro over election win

Turkey's president congratulated Venezuela's newly re-elected authoritarian leader Nicolas Maduro, becoming only the second leader to do so ...

Hadani Ditmars

A meditation on war and peace

As war rages across the Middle East, taking time to honour the victims can only bring us closer to our own humanity, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Iraq scouts make comeback in former IS bastion Mosul

The New Arab

Iraq scouts make comeback in former IS bastion Mosul

More than 200 male and female scout leaders from across Iraq recently converged on Mosul, months after its liberation from Islamic State ...

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan recites Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia, sparks controversy

The Hagia Sophia was first built in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox church before becoming an Ottoman mosque and finally an ...

Armenia ditches long-dormant normalisation deal with Turkey

The New Arab & agencies

Armenia ditches long-dormant normalisation deal with Turkey

The President of Armenia has ditched agreements that would have normalised relations with Turkey, in the latest blow to efforts to end ...

'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

Ruqaya Izzidien

'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

Comment: Black Panther's characters are coincidentally black, rather than crudely pigeonholed. It's time their Arab and Muslim counterparts ...

Palestinian Journeys: archiving the struggle and continuing the resistance

Diana Alghoul

Palestinian Journeys: archiving the struggle and continuing the resistance

Documenting Palestinian history since the Ottoman Empire, highlighting Palestine's trademark 'sumoud', or persistence, ...

His darkest hours: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'injured and depressed'

Karim Traboulsi

His darkest hours: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'injured and depressed'

Badly injured, depressed and ill, the leader of the largely decimated Islamic State group, once the world's most formidable terror organisation, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Greece makes sharia law optional for Muslim minority

The Greek parliament on Tuesday made the practice of Islamic sharia law in family disputes optional for the country's Muslim minority, changing a century-old legacy.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

After seven years of restoration and in a gesture of harmony between Turkey and Bulgaria, leaders of of the two nations will reopen the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran's Rouhani tells Erdogan 'protests to end in days'

The Turkish presidency said Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is hoping anti-regime protests will die down in a few days after dozens were killed ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey warns against escalation in Iran protests

Turkey's foreign ministry said "common sense should prevail" in Iran to avoid any escalation in protests, as arrests and deaths in the ...

Turkey's suffragettes: Politics still wears a moustache

Hazal Atay

Turkey's suffragettes: Politics still wears a moustache

The long read: Turkish women won political rights early on, but soon met opposition. Today their participation is not, in theory, limited, but ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey bans LGBTI events across capital citing 'public sensitivity'

Turkey has banned all LGBTI events across Ankara provinces citing fears over "social sensibilities" and the need to "maintain public order".

NATO takes disciplinary action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

The New Arab

NATO takes disciplinary action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

NATO's took 'disciplinary action' against an individual over an incident deemed offensive to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ...

NATO apologises after military drill 'depicted Erdogan as enemy'

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NATO apologises after military drill 'depicted Erdogan as enemy'

NATO has apologised to Turkey after an image of Ataturk and Erdogan's name were portrayed as enemy targets, prompting President Erdogan to pull ...

Turkey bans German gay film festival

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey bans German gay film festival

Turkey has banned a festival of German language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara on Thursday over fears it could be a target for ...

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