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Prominent Islamic scholar and academic Tariq Ramadan has denied charges of rape and sexual aggression, according to his lawyer.

A Canadian man held hostage along with his family by Afghan militant group the Haqqani network has spoken of his harrowing capture.

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Comment: For Assad's regime, doubt is a political necessity, writes Idrees Ahmad.

The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

EU pays Sudan blood-money to stop migrant routes

Matt Broomfield

EU pays Sudan blood-money to stop migrant routes

EU governments are silencing their internal concerns over massive human rights violations in Sudan while paying out money to prevent the flow of ...

The New Arab

Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for 'beating pregnant wife'

A Saudi man has been arrested for beating his pregnant wife with a past history of assault including throwing knives at her.

Hadani Ditmars

Rationalising the male gaze: Brutalised bunnies and demonised niqabis

Blog: Covered or revealed, the female body is merely an object when it comes to the eyes of the patriarchy, writes Hadani Ditmars.

The New Arab

Violence against women is harming Arab economies, says UN

In a bid to promote policy reform in Arab states, the United Nations is highlighting the huge economic cost of gender-based violence.

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia carries out 100th execution this year

Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has one of the world's highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, ...

Iraqis tell terrorists: you are not wanted

Mohammed Al-Jumaily

Iraqis tell terrorists: you are not wanted

Comment: Grassroots activists are coming together to repair the colossal damage done to their society and heritage by the Islamic State group, ...

The New Arab

Israel refuses to stop selling arms to Myanmar

Israeli lawyers respond in the High Court to a petition demanding an end to arms sales to Myanmar by arguing that the court has no standing in ...

Bashar al-Assad's uncle to be investigated for war crimes

The New Arab & agencies

Bashar al-Assad's uncle to be investigated for war crimes

A previously undisclosed investigation is targeting Rifaat al-Assad - the older brother of the late Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad - for war ...

Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit moves forward in US court

Charlie Hoyle

Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit moves forward in US court

A civil lawsuit filed by three former Iraqi inmates who claim they were tortured by US military contractors at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison ...

Tunisia to ban 'forced anal exams' for homosexuality

The New Arab

Tunisia to ban 'forced anal exams' for homosexuality

Tunisia, where sodomy is punishable by jail, has committed to banning forced anal examinations to determine sexual orientation, the North ...

India arrests eight alleged sex tourists for underage <em>rape</em>

The New Arab & agencies

India arrests eight alleged sex tourists for underage rape

Five Omani and three Qatari men, all in their late 60s, were arrested in India for allegedly paying brokers thousands of dollars to arrange sham ...

The New Arab & agencies

US to deport 69-year-old Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh

Odeh says she was tortured into confessing by the Israeli military. She claimed they used rape and electric shock techniques to force her into a confession

The New Arab & agencies

Tunisia scraps ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims

Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the presidency has announced.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Morocco urged to address torture allegations

In-depth: Human rights groups say Moroccan police are still brutally dispersing demonstrations and torturing protesters in the Rif region, ...

Diana Alghoul

Lawsuit filed against UAE security services for 'torturing Qataris'

Update: Three prominent Qataris were allegedly illegally imprisoned and threatened with rape by UAE security officers according to a ...

To defeat terrorism, state-sponsored discrimination must end

Sam Fouad

To defeat terrorism, state-sponsored discrimination must end

Comment: Governments must take a stand and stem the institutionalised discrimination that exists in their own policies and societies, writes Sam ...

Nada Elia

The Rohingya: Southeast Asia's Palestinians

Comment: The Rohingya and the Palestinian people have much in common: They have been persecuted, repeatedly displaced, denied citizenship and ...

European governments are feeding Libya's business of suffering

Dr Joanne Liu

European governments are feeding Libya's business of suffering

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) pen an open letter of the consequences of the European Governments' strategy towards the suffering of people ...

Torture in Sisi's Egypt may be 'crime against humanity'

The New Arab

Torture in Sisi's Egypt may be 'crime against humanity'

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has given a "green light" to use systematic torture against detainees, allowing total impunity for ...

The EU is the real threat to migrants

Mat Nashed

The EU is the real threat to migrants

Comment: If the EU is truly committed to saving lives, then it's time to replace a policy of deterrence with state sponsored rescue missions, ...

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