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Saudi women attend a rare cinema screening at a film festival in Riyadh in October 2017 (Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
December 12, 2017 - 18:00 GMT
Cinemas existed in Saudi Arabia’s major cities about half-a-century ago. Westerners working for the California State Oil Company (later Aramco) were the first to introduce cinemas to Saudis.
Palestinian women and children take part in a protest in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helwe on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon Dec. 8, 2017 to denounce the widely criticised U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
December 12, 2017 - 09:11 GMT
In the old city of Sidon, where ancient markets are reminiscent of Jerusalem's, Nasser al-Ahmad wraps Palestinian kaffiyehs around his grandchildren's heads, Adam and Ahmad, in solidarity with Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.
A Rohingya outside Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state (Ye Aung Thu/AFP Photo)
December 11, 2017 - 14:48 GMT
Al Bawaba spoke with Rohingya activist Nay San Lwin about the ongoing genocide and the lack of international action to end it.
Between 19.5 to 27 percent of male survey respondents confirmed having experienced sexual harassment or unwanted sexual contact as boys (Bulent Kilic/AFP)
December 10, 2017 - 20:00 GMT
Titled “We keep it in our heart — Sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis,” the study comprised several dozen of informants and focus group discussions (FGD), involving some 196 refugees in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan, according to a statement by the UNHCR.
Chinese police in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province in 2009, (AFP/File)
December 10, 2017 - 14:56 GMT
Thousands of Chinese jihadist separatists are threatening China, and China doesn't seem to have a workable plan to stop them.
Telling the stories of Syrians displaced by conflict through food is a way to eliminate the “victimizing angle, because the war is not the whole thing, and taste and flavors have their place in their narrative” (AFP/File)
December 08, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Syrian women at home and abroad are leading efforts to safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage and ensure that traditions are preserved in the wake of years of conflict and widespread displacement.
The Turkistan Islamic Party, Al Bawaba
December 07, 2017 - 15:11 GMT
Their presence means the war in Syria has fundamentally changed, and the future of jihad may change with it.
The 2011 uprisings provoked a new, open debate about previously taboo subjects. Discussions that were once off-limits even in private suddenly flared into the open (AFP/File)
December 07, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Syrians living in Lebanon, Europe and the U.S. reveal a common conviction that national unity and a common sense of identity are necessary to rebuild the country, but most say that both seem distant in a country divided along ethnic-sectarian lines.
“But it looks like, wherever Syrians go, they will have bad luck
December 06, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The route from Turkey to Greece was once crowded with Syrian asylum seekers fleeing to Europe. But in recent months some refugees have begun to move in the opposite direction because of what they describe as a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in host countries.
The city is littered with dark smoke when the sun sets and residents start burning wood, coal and even garbage to keep themselves warm (AFP/File)
December 05, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Kabul resident Ezatullah Khan had to rush his ailing mother to Pakistan as a crippling winter electricity outage in the Afghan capital combined with smoke from coal and wood-fired heaters to make breathing impossible for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD patient.
Turkey's Erdogan opens a new Turkish Embassy in Somalia, AFP/File
December 04, 2017 - 14:27 GMT
In the project to modernize itself and combat terror, Somalia has an unlikely ally: Turkey.
Aleppo-born Ziyad Sabsabi, a Russian senator, speaks during a press conference during the handing over of Chechen nationals back to Russia on Nov. 12, 2017, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli (AFP/File)
December 04, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Over the past year, Chechnya significantly expanded its role and foothold in Syria, including funding the reconstruction of major Syrian mosques and deploying highly trained Chechen military forces to some of the toughest front lines.
A JKW fighter pictured in the group's propoganda, Twitter
December 03, 2017 - 14:28 GMT
While ISIS facing total military defeat in Syria, one small ISIS affiliate looks like it's here to stay.
Muslim immigrants have been a politically sensitive topic in Europe following the influx of newcomers in 2015 and 2016 (AFP/File)
December 01, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The Muslim population could triple in some European countries by 2050, with the U.K. projected to see one of the most rapid rises throughout the continent.
A digital rendering of Trump veiled by the Iran flag, Al Bawaba
November 30, 2017 - 13:34 GMT
In responding to Iran's growing power in the region, the US is doing more to help than prevent one of its more feared enemies from gaining influence.
Opposition-affiliated media activists quickly became regime targets (Shutterstock/File)
November 30, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The war in Syria significantly increased the number of so-called opposition media activists who documented alleged human rights abuses and war crimes. But as pro-government forces regain control of rebel-held territory, they fear for their future.