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Interior Minister Matteo Salvini defended the new bill, calling it "a step forward to make Italy safer".

Liberté, égalité, fraternité? The case of Tariq Ramadan, accused of sexual assault by five women, has unearthed deeper questions about being a Muslim in the French judicial system.

Morocco reinstates military service and people are not impressed

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Morocco reinstates military service and people are not impressed

Some view the return of military conscription as gainful employment for youths with too much free time, others as a tool to blunt protest movements.

Sweden in political gridlock as anti-immigrant, far-right makes gains

The New Arab & agencies

Sweden in political gridlock as anti-immigrant, far-right makes gains

The make-up of the new government is up in the air after both the left-wing and centre-right blocs failed to win a majority.

Far-right tipped to win big in Sweden elections

The New Arab & agencies

Far-right tipped to win big in Sweden elections

Opinion polls suggest the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) could garner between 16 and 25 percent of the vote, making it one of the ...

Ruqaya Izzidien

The British are failing to integrate in Spain

Comment: Ruqaya Izzidien takes a satirical look at Brits who fail to integrate abroad.

Ruqaya Izzidien

Immigrants don't need to integrate, you do

Comment: Integration - an already problematic concept that should be abandoned in favour of acceptance - is a myth, writes Ruqaya ...

The New Arab & agencies

US declines invitation to Russia-led talks on Afghanistan

Russia said that the Taliban will be joining the Sept. 4 talks in Moscow, along with representatives of several neighbouring countries.

Ruby Hamad

Silencing Arab and Muslim women

Comment: When you are an Arab woman in the public eye, almost anything you say can and likely will be used against you, writes Ruby Hamad.

UK minority groups slam attempts to silence Israel criticism

The New Arab

UK minority groups slam attempts to silence Israel criticism

Dozens of minority rights groups have spoken out against moves to stifle free discussion on Israel and Palestine.

The New Arab & agencies

French hotels, restaurants want migrants to fill 100,000 jobs

Owners of hotels and restaurants in France are lobbying the government to regularise more illegal migrants in order to fill 100,000 jobs for ...

Denmark full-face veil ban met with protests

The New Arab & agencies

Denmark full-face veil ban met with protests

Amnesty International condemned the law as a "discriminatory violation of women's rights", especially against Muslim women who choose to wear ...

Sweden proves no safe haven for Afghan refugees

Asher Kessler

Sweden proves no safe haven for Afghan refugees

Never mind the death threats, the Scandinavian country deems Afghanistan a 'safe' country to which rejected asylum seekers can be deported, ...

Somalia, Eritrea reconcile as change sweeps Horn of Africa

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Somalia, Eritrea reconcile as change sweeps Horn of Africa

Somali President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed's three-day visit to Asmara coincides with an extraordinary peace process between Eritrea and ...

Özil's departure raises larger questions

Uri Levy

Özil's departure raises larger questions

With his departure from the German national squad, Mesut Ozil has delivered an important message about the tensions facing many footballers in ...

Malia Bouattia

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater democratisation, writes Malia Bouattia.

Ebti Numari

American feminists should drop the 'global saviour' rhetoric

Comment: American women's activists should start by asking why the US has resisted ratifying global women's rights treaties and human rights ...

Francois Burgat and Bjorn Olav Utvik

Keeping Abul Fotouh behind bars puts Egypt in chains

Comment: Five years after a military coup d'etat, the achievements of Egypt's 2011 revolution have been liquidated, and no dissenting voices are ...

Vicki Squire

Asylum processing centres would merely mask EU migration failings

Comment: So long as the testimonies of people on the move are ignored, the EU will continue to struggle with a crisis of its own making, writes ...

How will Europe deal with returning IS fighters?

Stasa Salacanin

How will Europe deal with returning IS fighters?

In-depth: In the aftermath of the Islamic State group's defeat, the question remains what to do with captured and returning fighters and their ...

The New Arab & agencies

Seasonal Moroccan fruit pickers exploited, sexually assaulted in Spain

Some 16,000 Moroccan migrants arrived in Spain this year to pick fruit, and some say they were exploited and even sexually assaulted.

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

International Crisis Group

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Comment: Saudi Arabia must tread slowly and carefully if it wishes to reestablish ties with Iraq, writes the International Crisis Group.

Hardline Danish lawmaker calls Ramadan 'dangerous'

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Hardline Danish lawmaker calls Ramadan 'dangerous'

Immigration and integration minister Inger Stojberg has for years attracted criticism for anti-Muslim comments.

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