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A Saudi move to slap hefty fines and even jail foul-smelling worshippers at mosques is facing backlash from many who see the plan as a discriminatory measure targetting Asian labourers.

Dozens of new offences could land citizens in jail for 'anti-social behaviour' as Saudi Arabia's Shura Council eyes up a new 'indecency' law.

Saudi Arabia 'to criminalise wearing underwear in public'

Karim Traboulsi

Saudi Arabia 'to criminalise wearing underwear in public'

Dozens of new offences could land citizens in jail for 'anti-social behaviour' as Saudi Arabia's Shura Council eyes up a new 'indecency' law.

Under Haftar siege, Libya's Derna suffering 'huge human catastrophe'

Austin Bodetti

Under Haftar siege, Libya's Derna suffering 'huge human catastrophe'

In-depth: General Khalifa Haftar is imposing a bloody siege on Derna with diplomatic and military support from the Emiratis, reports Austin ...

Kuwait emir calls for GCC cooperation amid Qatar crisis

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Kuwait emir calls for GCC cooperation amid Qatar crisis

Kuwait's leader has told GCC members to move beyond a current crisis around Qatar, and ensure the survival of the Gulf bloc for coming ...

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Eastern Libya to host conference to rebuild war-ravaged Benghazi

A conference is to be held in March to rally support to rebuild Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya which was heavily damaged in the three-year battle against Islamists.

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Qatar to hold first elections for Shura Council

Qatar's emir has announced that the gas-rich Gulf state will hold elections for its most important consultative body, the Shura ...

Bachar Halabi

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Comment: The Saudi leadership understands the need to play the image game, selling tokenistic women's rights reforms while arresting hundreds of ...

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Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general ...

Egypt top appeals court upholds 5-years prison for activist

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Egypt top appeals court upholds 5-years prison for activist

Abdel-Fattah now has around a year-and-a-half remaining in his sentence, although he also faces another sentencing in December over accusations ...

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Libya's warring parties 'ignoring' civilian deaths in Derna: HRW

Human Rights Watch has urged Libya's warring factions to investigate civilian deaths in Derna and hold those responsible to account, after ...

Saudi expat work visas reduced to one year

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Saudi expat work visas reduced to one year

Saudi Arabia has set a new limit on expat work visas under reforms to boost the national labour market and curb its high rate of unemployment ...

Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

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Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

After a royal decree allowing women to drive in the conservative kingdom, Saudi Arabia now steers toward tackling sexual harassment and allowing ...

Saudi Arabia condones anti-Shia hate speech, says HRW

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Saudi Arabia condones anti-Shia hate speech, says HRW

Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shia minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social ...

Iran attempts to rebuild its anti-Israel 'Axis of Resistance'

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Iran attempts to rebuild its anti-Israel 'Axis of Resistance'

Iran is attempting to reconcile Hamas and Damascus since a fall out over the Syria war, with Tehran hoping to rebuild an anti-Israel axis in the ...

Sam Hamad

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Comment: Basic human rights are nowhere to be found in Egypt's police state, writes Sam Hamad.

Alaa Bayoumi

Qatar has championed a modern approach to diplomacy

Comment: Qatar's strategy in dealing with the Gulf crisis could form part of a new Arab diplomatic approach that rejects isolationism and ...

Paul McLoughlin

Major Syrian rebel group quits al-Qaeda-linked coalition

Syrian rebel group Nour al-Din al-Zinki has walked away from the radical umbrella group as tensions between two rival opposition camps threaten ...

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Saudi girls finally allowed to learn sports at school

Schoolgirls in Saudi Arabia will soon be able to participate in physical education classes, a long-awaited reform in the ultra-conservative ...

Libyan renegade general Haftar captures Benghazi Libyan renegade general Haftar captures Benghazi

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Libyan renegade general Haftar captures Benghazi

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has announced the 'total liberation' of the country's second city Benghazi after cornering the last militants in a ...

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Haftar's forces corner jihadists in Libya's Benghazi

Forces loyal to controversial Libyan General Khalifa Haftar said they have cornered the last jihadists in a neighbourhood of second city ...

Haftar's support for Sudanese rebels 'destroying Darfur and Libya'

Robert Cusack

Haftar's support for Sudanese rebels 'destroying Darfur and Libya'

General Khalifa Haftar's support of Janjaweed mercenaries is causing a return to violence in the Darfur region, the Sudanese media minister said ...

Libya parliament leader 'gave Egypt permission to bomb militants'

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Libya parliament leader 'gave Egypt permission to bomb militants'

The head of Libya's parliament reportedly gave the green light to Egypt to launch air raids on militants in response to a deadly attack on ...

Egypt 'deploys special forces to Libya' to back Haftar

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Egypt 'deploys special forces to Libya' to back Haftar

Egypt has sent "dozens of military personnel" to Libya to back its close ally Khalifa Haftar as Cairo presses ahead with attacks on terrorist ...

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