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Among children's cheeky grins and uplifting family tales are stories of unpursued dreams and heartbreaking poverty.

Photoblog: Khalil Hamra, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, shows the resilience of people in his native Gaza in a new exhibition.

Syria news site reveals 'top-secret prison' near Assad's palace

The New Arab

Syria news site reveals 'top-secret prison' near Assad's palace

A Syrian news website has revealed details of an alleged top-secret prison and a chemical weapons storage facility close to the palace of President Bashar al-Assad.

Trio from Baghdad: Exhibition celebrates artwork of Iraqi brothers

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Trio from Baghdad: Exhibition celebrates artwork of Iraqi brothers

The Qaimaqchi brothers captured the beginning of modern Iraq through painting, sculpture and photography.

Award-winning Palestinian photographer Niraz Saied dies in Syria jail

The New Arab & agencies

Award-winning Palestinian photographer Niraz Saied dies in Syria jail

Niraz Saied, who hailed from the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, was arrested by Bashar al-Assad's security forces in October 2015.

CJ Werleman

Why Israel wants to ban filming Israeli soldiers

Comment: Israeli lawmakers' attempts to muzzle citizen journalists and the press shows the power of their narratives, writes CJ Werleman.

The New Arab

Inside Kashmir's last leper colony

Photoblog: Meeting the carers who work day in and day out in Kashmir's last leper colony, established by the British a century ago to isolate ...

Florence Massena

Urban chaos: Downtown Beirut, then and now

Feature: Going back in time with architect Samer Ladki, we look at Swiss photographer Jacqueline Meier's pictures of Beirut from immediately ...

Usman Butt

Book review: The unexpected love objects of Dunya Noor

Book review: Dunya embarks on a journey across Syria and encounters indifference, fear and some unexpected twists, writes Usman Butt.

Art of resistance: First Palestinian museum in US opens

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Art of resistance: First Palestinian museum in US opens

Palestinian resistance through culture and creativity is being celebrated at the first museum of its kind in the US.

Khalid al-Karimi and Weam Abdulmalik

Yemeni women photographers strive to overcome barriers

Feature: Several Yemeni women photographers have been sticking to their passion despite the formidable challenges in a male-dominated society ...

Asylum seeker gets life sentence for London Tube bombing

The New Arab & agencies

Asylum seeker gets life sentence for London Tube bombing

Ahmed Hassan, who constructed a homemade bomb "to kill as many members of the British public as possible," was sentenced to life in prison on ...

Palestinian women between occupation and the dream of freedom

Wasan Abu Baker

Palestinian women between occupation and the dream of freedom

Blog: The stories of five Palestinian women fighting the occupation in unique ways

The women shaping Amman

Marta Bellingreri

The women shaping Amman

Women are the vanguard of Jordan's artistic scene, forging new paths at the intersections of creative industry, reports Marta Bellingreri.

Photoblog: The women shaping Amman

Alessio Mamo

Photoblog: The women shaping Amman

Meet the artists changing the face of Jordan's capital. Photos by Alessio Mamo.

James Snell

Strava data dump reveals more than secret military bases

Comment: The sensitive information made public via Strava shows states are not keeping up with the security questions around technological advances, writes James Snell.

James Snell

Strava app reveals more than military base secrets

Comment: The sensitive information made public via Strava reveals states are not keeping up with the security questions around technological ...

Raya al-Jadir

Breaking barriers: Disabled Egyptian bakers hold recipe for success

In Arab society, where people with disabilities are hidden from view, stigmatised and denied work, a group of star bakers with Down's Syndrome ...

Shams Al-Shakarchi

London exhibition provides unique, never-seen-before portrait of multicultural Iraq

The work of Iraqi photographer Latif Al Ani is being exhibited in the UK for the first time, providing a portrait of Iraq as it has never been ...

Behind the story: On the Kurdish frontlines

Yomi Kleinmann

Behind the story: On the Kurdish frontlines

Reporter's diary: Working in northern Iraq to report on the takeover of Kirkuk is a story worth telling in itself.

Yomi Kleinmann

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

After capturing the city of Kirkul, Iraqi government fighters are driving deeper into Kurdish territory and look poised to make a grab for the ...

As Iranian proxy seizes Kirkuk, where is America?

Yomi Kleinmann

As Iranian proxy seizes Kirkuk, where is America?

In-depth: An eyewitness account of the Kurdish collapse at Kirkuk, as the Iraqi government and Iran-backed militias reclaim the city for ...

Stand-off in Kirkuk: caught between Iraq and Kurdish forces Stand-off in Kirkuk: caught between Iraq and Kurdish forces

Yomi Kleinmann

Stand-off in Kirkuk: caught between Iraq and Kurdish forces

Kirkuk is on tender-hooks, as a tense stand-off between Iraq's army and Kurdish Peshmerga threatens to bring war to the oil-rich city. Words by ...

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

Hadani Ditmars

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

The British Museum's historical approach to contemporary art is well-suited to these works from Syria and Iraq, whose origins betray an optimism ...

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