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78-year-old Abdulhussain Abdulredha, Kuwait’s most prominent actor and comedian who delighted audiences with a comical portrayal of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has died, according to state-run news agency KUNA.

Iraqi authorities have moved to halt broadcasts of a widely popular political satire programme in the latest attempt to tighten control over the media.

Iranians hold ‘Trumpism’ cartoon contest to mock US leader

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Iranians hold ‘Trumpism’ cartoon contest to mock US leader

Iranians have organised a “Trumpism” cartoon contest in which hundreds of participants were invited to submit artwork mocking the US leader.

Black Crows: TV series showcases women's lives under IS Black Crows: TV series showcases women's lives under IS

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Black Crows: TV series showcases women's lives under IS

Watch now: Inspired by true events, "Black Crows", which airs over Ramadan, is the first television series depicting life under IS rule in Syria ...

Dear Palestinians, play with fidget spinners, not rocks

Diana Alghoul

Dear Palestinians, play with fidget spinners, not rocks

The inventor of the fidget spinner, Catherine Hettinger claims she invented it during the 1980s when the Palestinian intifada was at its peak, ...

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‘Baghdaddy’: New York turns Iraq war into musical

“Baghdaddy” tells the true story of an Iraqi defector, code-named Curveball, whose claims about weapons of mass destruction became justification for the US-led invasion in 2003

Adam Lucente and Zouhir Al-Shimale

Syrians tell Trump: 'Chemical weapons aren't our only problem'

In-depth: Syrians are far from confident that US missile strikes against Assad are more than a publicity stunt to benefit a flagging Washington ...

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#NewUnitedAirlinesMottos: Arab airlines, social media troll 'violent' American carrier

The internet has responded ruthlessly to the forced removal of an elderly doctor from a United Airlines flight, footage of which went viral on ...

Karim Traboulsi

Everyday is April Fool in the 'fake news' era

Every April 1, media and businesses produce supposedly amusing fake stories pranking their audiences but the comedy value in this has taken a ...

Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

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Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

Angela Merkel has stressed that Germany reserved the right to "take all necessary measures, including reviewing the permissions" for campaign ...

Mohamed ElMeshad

Media matters: Egypt's revolution and its aftermath

Comment: The revolution was aided by the presence of a relatively critical media. But the media's trajectory since then reflects the path of ...

'Real ISIS housewives': Now isn't the time for joking

Tallha Abdulrazaq

'Real ISIS housewives': Now isn't the time for joking

Comment: This BBC series parodies harmful stereotypes of Muslims, and attempts to gain cheap viewing ratings at the expense of a persecuted ...

Curtains fall: Legendary Syrian actor 'Abu Sayyah' dies

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Curtains fall: Legendary Syrian actor 'Abu Sayyah' dies

Syria's legendary actor, Rafiq al-Subaei, died at the age of 86 on Thursday, after decades of transitioning from role to role on millions of ...

Police state Egypt: Crackdown on campus

Jo Schietti

Police state Egypt: Crackdown on campus

Egyptian students are seeing the state's crackdown on opposition on campus, with fear and restrictions leading to suffocating environments in ...

Arab Trump asks fake Obama: Where is the cutlery?

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Arab Trump asks fake Obama: Where is the cutlery?

A look at Arabic parody twitter accounts impersonating politicians, including Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

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Egypt frees fourth band member held over mocking video

Egypt has released the fourth and final member of a band arrested in May after they made an online video mocking the government, their lawyer said on Monday.

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HRW calls on Egypt to free satirical street performers

Human Rights Watch has called on Egyptian authorities to release four young men who posted satirical videos commenting on Egypt’s politics on ...

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Widespread arrests in Egypt signal no-tolerance stance on dissent

In the past three weeks, around 1,300 people have been detained in Egypt in a fierce zero-tolerance policy against any sign of political unrest.

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Satirists targeted as Egypt arrests street performers

Four members of the Egyptian satirical group, Street Children, have been arrested only days after a 19-year-old member was detained, as Sisi's ...

Erdogan launches legal action against German media group boss

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Erdogan launches legal action against German media group boss

President Recep Tayyip Erogan is taking legal action against the boss of German media giant Axel Springer, over his support for a TV satirist ...

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Not funny: Egyptian satirist arrested for 'insulting the state'

A member of an Egyptian satirical band was arrested and charged with 'inciting protests' and 'insulting state institutions' after posting online ...

Et tu Germany? Comedian faces prosecution for mocking Erdogan

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Et tu Germany? Comedian faces prosecution for mocking Erdogan

The German chancellor comes under attack for prosecuting a German comedian over insulting the Turkish president in a push by Turkey to prove ...

Song mocking Erdogan sparks Turkish-German diplomatic row

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Song mocking Erdogan sparks Turkish-German diplomatic row

A song poking fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was broadcast on a German satirical show has sparked a diplomatic spat between ...

Instagram accounts make a mockery of refugee crisis

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Instagram accounts make a mockery of refugee crisis

A number of Instagram accounts are taking extreme measures, deemed offensive by many, to shed light on the world's refugee crisis.

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