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March 9, 2014

Egypt's Al Azhar issued a statement last week rejecting the screening of "any production that characterizes Allah's prophets and messengers" (Courtesy of NY Daily News)
14:00 GMT
Paramount Pictures "Noah" is continuing to spark heavy debate throughout the Middle East over its characterization of one of Allah's prophets on the big screen.
Saudi Arabia is not known for being tolerant of individuals who express a non-normative gender identity. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
A Saudi man shares his story of the difficulties he faces after undergoing sexual reassignment surgery.
Military service is mandatory in Israel. (AFP/File)
09:46 GMT
A group of Israeli youth have written Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling him they are refusing military service because of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
Wadi Rum, or the Valley of the Moon, is a popular tourist destination in Jordan. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT
Three French tourists fell to their death while mountain climbing in Wadi Rum.

March 8, 2014

International Women's Day (IWD) lets the region's women have their day in the sun! IWD is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. (Image: Facebook)
11:31 GMT
In celebration of International Women's Day, three Arab feminists and women's rights advocates told Ahram Online what this day means to them.
Just last month, Qatar Airways was criticized for a poster that instructed its female employees to wear short skirts to a recruitment meeting. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
Qatar Airways continues to come under fire for questionable employee policies.

March 7, 2014

Pakistan is one of a few countries where the polio virus is endemic. The country faces opposition to eradicating the virus from extremist groups that continue to attack polio workers.  (photo courtesy:beenasarwar.files.wordpress.com)
11:41 GMT
Aziz Memon, a Pakistani businessman, seeks to rid his nation of polio

March 6, 2014

Save the Children's new video is shocking and powerful. (Image courtesy of Save the Children)
13:59 GMT
British charity Save the Children releases a powerful, thought-provoking video to remind people about the conflict in Syria and how it affects children.
US historian Rashid Khalidi (L) and philosopher Judith Butler, who have both joined the boycott campaign against Israel. (Image courtesy wikimedia)
10:00 GMT
Scholars have launched a campaign to condemn intimidation of Israel’s critics, especially those who support boycotting the regime.
Elbits provides the surveillance system for the Israeli-built wall in the West Bank (File Archive)
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The U.S. has hired an Israeli military contractor whose surveillance technology is used along Israel's wall in the West bank to build similar services on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sounds like Saudi's footballers have been very naughty indeed - the conservative Gulf kingdom has a zero tolerance for illegal substances. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
04:00 GMT
Former Saudi footballer Fouad Anwar was heavily criticized after publically stating that the use of hash, or “hashish” as it is commonly known in Arabic, is widespread among footballers in Saudi Arabia.

March 5, 2014

Hundreds of intelligence officers have been refused visas, the report said. (Image courtesy of http://supportisrael.us)
13:13 GMT
According to an Israeli report, the United States has refused to issue entrance visas to senior Israeli officers and agents.
Quite the experience: The High Table dinner guests will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of Dubai and a delicious meal cooked by Burj Al Arab's line of culinary-experienced chefs. (Image: Facebook)
12:15 GMT
Fancy a once-in-a-lifetime charity gourmet experience set 212 meters above the Arabian Gulf, that will take place atop the iconic Burj Al Arab helipad?
Prince Al Waleed entered the West Bank via helicopter rather than going through the Israeli border crossing (Abbas Momani/AFP)
09:27 GMT
Saudi billionaire Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal took a political stand in Ramallah this week during his visit to Palestine when he refused to enter the West Bank through an Israeli-controlled border crossing.
The Lebanese judge presiding over the case ruled that Article 534 that criminalizes unnatural sexual intercourse does not provide clear interpretation of what is considered unnatural (File Archive)
07:28 GMT
A Lebanese judge ruling over a case prosecuting homosexuality ruled that a piece of legislation that criminalizes gay sex is not valid.