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March 11, 2014

The Ja'fari bill would strip women of their rights. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT
A new bill recently passed by the Iraqi cabinet could legalize child marriage.
Sara speaks gibberish in Arabic, showing what it sounds like to the untrained ear. (Image courtesy of Smoukahontas Official/YouTube)
07:48 GMT
One woman has demonstrated how Arabs, Russians, Italians, Indians and many more languages sound like to foreigners in a video is on its way to 6.5 million YouTube views.
The Saudi government closely monitors twitter, a social media platform that is widely used in the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Saudi man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his tweets.

March 10, 2014

Orthodox Jews gather on Water Street in lower Manhattan March 9, 2014 to pray and protest against the current effort by the Israeli government to pass a law to draft religious Jews into its army. (AFP/Al Bawaba edit)
13:29 GMT
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rallied in New York City on Sunday to protest new legislation proposed in Israel that would end military service exemptions granted to seminary students.
Who knew
Who knew? BDSM - or bondage, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism - has a dedicated band of followers in Lebanon. (Shutterstock/BDSM)
09:00 GMT
A fascinating look into the secretive and kinky world of BDSM in Lebanon!
Maha Al-Shammari knew she could prepare a higher standard of food than the usual dishes served in Jeddah. (Image courtesy of ksadriverdiaries.wordpress.com)
07:48 GMT
A Saudi woman has established a restaurant in Jeddah in which all the workers, chefs, waitresses and administrators are female nationals.
The new app is supposed to acquaint users with the "traditional history" of camel racing in the UAE (Courtesy of Dubai Calendar)
05:00 GMT
UAE Apple Store and Google Play launched a camel racing smartphone app this week.

March 9, 2014

Palestinian women peacefully demonstrated on International Women's Day, only to be met with tear gas from Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT
Israeli soldiers forcefully dispersed women gathered to peacefully demonstrate for International Women's Day.
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