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Saudi Arabia has announced that it will end its ban on women driving in the kingdom.

Reports of a wedding between a 12-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man in Morocco have sparked widespread condemnation and debate over child marriage.

'Sex and lies': Arab <em>women</em> speaking-up about sexual liberation

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'Sex and lies': Arab women speaking-up about sexual liberation

Leila Slimani, a Moroccan-French writer, has released a book about the way women in the Middle East and North Africa live in what she describes as “sexual misery”

Saudi hardliners furious over 'raucous, mixed-gender' national day celebrations

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Saudi hardliners furious over 'raucous, mixed-gender' national day celebrations

Saudi hardliners have condemned raucous celebrations on the kingdom's national day on Saturday, which saw women being allowed to enter ...

Yemeni refugees struggle to return home from Somaliland

Matthew Vickery

Yemeni refugees struggle to return home from Somaliland

In-depth: Refugees here struggle to feed their children and keep a roof over their head as they face drought and staggering unemployment, ...

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Egyptian government further curbs feminist activist's rights

Egyptian activist Azza has been banned from traveling and has been prevented from accessing funds to continue her work as a defender of human rights.

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Saudi women enter history books in 'first stadium visit'

Women in Saudi Arabia were finally allowed to enter a sports stadium on Saturday, to mark the conservative nation's 87th national day.

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Deir az-Zour slowly comes to life after IS siege

Traffic is still rare in Syria's Deir az-Zour due to a fuel shortage, but life has slowly returned to its markets since regime forces broke a ...

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Saudi cleric suspended for calling women 'quarter brained'

A Saudi cleric who said women should not be allowed to drive because they have a "quarter" of the brainpower of men has been banned ...

Saudi school textbook withdrawn over Yoda image error

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Saudi school textbook withdrawn over Yoda image error

Saudi authorities this week withdrew high school textbooks containing a manipulated image of a former Saudi King alongside "Star Wars" film ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Comment: While Tunisia is lauded for its progress on human rights laws there is a desire for greater democratic reforms in the "model Arab ...

Arab refugees receive a cold welcome in Romania

Ana Maria Luca

Arab refugees receive a cold welcome in Romania

In-depth: Romania is far from experiencing a “migration crisis” on the Black Sea, experts say, while aid workers and refugees say the country ...

Syrian-Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push

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Syrian-Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push

Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of Syria voted on Friday in the region's first elections, part of a push to cement a regional government, ...

Syrian activist and journalist daughter found dead in Istanbul

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Syrian activist and journalist daughter found dead in Istanbul

A Syrian opposition activist Aroubeh Barakat and her journalist daughter Halla were found dead at their home in Istanbul, activists and a ...

California's Muslims confront growing militarisation of law enforcement

Mohammed Harun Arsalai

California's Muslims confront growing militarisation of law enforcement

As police and military groups from around the world gather to buy weapons and share tips, community groups are facing growing violence, writes ...

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US-backed force 'mopping up' last IS holdouts in Raqqa

An Arab-Kurdish alliance fought to clear the last remaining Islamic State group militants holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa on Thursday.

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UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

The UN Security Council has agreed to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Iraq on ...

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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 ...

Amal Awad

Why we can’t have a minority hero

Comment: There is a distinct reason why there are so few actors from minority backgrounds and it isn't going to change soon, writes Amal Awad.

Saudi cleric: <em>Women</em> 'lack brainpower of men' to drive

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Saudi cleric: Women 'lack brainpower of men' to drive

In Saudi Arabia, where women cannot drive, a senior state cleric has said women should not be allowed behind the wheel because ...

Rami Almeghari

Meeting Gaza's first music therapist

In-depth: Armed with her lute and a passion to help others, music therapist Reem Anbar is focused on helping Gazan children with special needs, ...

Iraq to deport 500 Islamic State wives to US,Europe

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Iraq to deport 500 Islamic State wives to US,Europe

Iraq is preparing to deport hundreds of women married to foreign Islamic State fighters, and their children, back to their countries of ...

Palestinian activist deported to Jordan from Chicago

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Palestinian activist deported to Jordan from Chicago

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Tuesday to show their support for a Chicago Palestinian activist with ...

This Egyptian preacher endorsed marrying off new-born girls

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This Egyptian preacher endorsed marrying off new-born girls

A religious cleric took the marriage debate in Egypt to new levels when he said parents should be able to marry girls off as young as one day old

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