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Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease Saudi youth stifled by ultra-conservative restrictions.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will begin a historic visit to Egypt and Turkey on Monday, two leading Sunni Muslim powers that have had complex relations with a growingly assertive Moscow.

Family hope Johnson's visit will help free Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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Family hope Johnson's visit will help free Zaghari-Ratcliffe

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Tehran appears to have failed to secure the release of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe but her family hope progress was made.

Israeli security guard stabbed as Jerusalem protests flare up

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Israeli security guard stabbed as Jerusalem protests flare up

A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem on Sunday, amid unrest over the White House's declaration of ...

End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

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End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin Salman purchased the ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia orders 'limited media coverage' of Jerusalem move

Saudi Arabia has ordered media outlets in the kingdom not to focus 'too much attention' on Washington's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sources have said.

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Saudi anti-terror authority argues 'no death penalty for apostates'

A Saudi anti-terror agency has argued that people who leave Islam should not be punished by death, sparking rumours the kingdom would abolish ...

Diana Alghoul

Londoners protest outside US embassy in solidarity with Jerusalem

London was not the first city to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem, and it won't be the last. Trump's announcement has fuelled the passion ...

Hadani Ditmars

Will Trudeau address civil rights violations on Canadian soil?

Comment: How many more acts of violence and racism need occur before Ottawa admits we have our own home-grown issues, asks Hadani Ditmars.

Waste Bank: Israeli refuse dumped in the occupied territories

Ylenia Gostoli

Waste Bank: Israeli refuse dumped in the occupied territories

In-depth: While Israel is increasing the amount of waste it produces and recycles, it is doing so at the expense of Palestinians, according to a ...

Hadani Ditmars

After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Britain's Johnson to visit Iran, seek prisoner's release

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Britain's Johnson to visit Iran, seek prisoner's release

Boris Johnson will be visiting Iran to discuss the case of imprisoned British citizen, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, while both countries refute ...

Trump Jerusalem move fuels protest across Palestinian territories

Ylenia Gostoli

Trump Jerusalem move fuels protest across Palestinian territories

In-depth: 'We will tell our children, Jerusalem is ours.'

Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

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Mosul Eye: Blogger who exposed IS atrocities reveals identity

When the city went dark under Islamic State's rule, Mosul Eye bravely documented its atrocities. Now, the blogger has ended his anonymity with ...

Shafiq saga sheds light on Egypt's shady <em>media</em>

Gehad Quisay

Shafiq saga sheds light on Egypt's shady media

Comment: Egyptian media has supported the Sisi regime, but when Shafiq, an old ally, threatened Sisi's dominance, the true nature of ...

The New Arab

Qatar and France sign fighter jet deal

Qatar's latest purchase of military and commercial aircraft could help Qatar make more use of its planes after its operations were disrupted by a blockade from four Arab nations.

Sahar F. Aziz

Travel ban 3.0 still doesn't conceal Trump's anti-Muslim bias

Comment: Trump may have reworked the ban in an effort to disguise its Islamophobic nature, but he still believes terrorism is exclusively a ...

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

The New Arab

World reacts to Trump's Jerusalem move decision

There have been many mixed reactions to Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump's Jerusalem decision will end all hope of peace

Daoud Kuttab

Trump's Jerusalem decision will end all hope of peace

President Donald Trump's contentious decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will likely be the death knell for hopes of ...

Sam Hamad

Rattled by Shafiq, Sisi's regime is far from stable

Comment: President Sisi's rule may not be on the brink of collapse, but its recent handling of Ahmed Shafiq shows the foundations are cracking, ...

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE rulers 'skip GCC summit'

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE rulers 'skip GCC summit'

The rulers of the blockading nations all sent representatives to the summit meeting in Kuwait, while the Emir of Qatar attended in person.

GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

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GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

A summit of the GCC will convene Tuesday, but hopes for ending the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar during the meet are undermined by an annoucement ...

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit Syrian extremists

Paul McLoughlin

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit Syrian extremists

The Free Syrian Police programme's administrators say the UK government's decision to suspend funding over a contentious BBC documentary will ...

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