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Long lost statue of Ramses II discovered in the Cairo mud


Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, according to reports from the Reuters … Continue reading

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Banksy’s new Bethlehem hotel offers the worst view in the world


The Walled Off hotel may sound utilitarian, even bleak. Its owner says it has “the worst view of any hotel in the world”, while its 10 rooms get just 25 minutes of direct sunlight a day. But, nestled against the controversial … Continue reading

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Kuwait Opera House blaze

Firefighters tackle the blaze at Kuwait's new Opera House

  Just three months after opening, Kuwait’s new opera house has been devastated by fire. The futuristic $770 million venue, which formed part of the  the waterfront Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, was set to host the famous Andrew Lloyd … Continue reading

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Book review – Desert kingdoms to global powers


Desert kingdoms to global powers The rise of the Arab gulf By Rory Miller Published by Yale University Press, London ISBN 9780300192346 price £20.00 hardback A lively analysis of the Arab Gulf states’ stunning rise to global power over the last … Continue reading

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IRAQ: Return to the Marshes?


The morning of 20 January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Rising at first light, they roused their herd of buffaloes and drove the beasts snorting and protesting into the … Continue reading

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Book review – Syrian dust


Syrian dust Reporting from the heart of the war By Francesca Borri Published by Seven Stories ISBN 9781609806613 Price £12.99 paperback   From the middle of ravaged Aleppo, a freelance journalist describes the chaos of war, the uncertainty of freelance life and … Continue reading

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Book review – The dove’s necklace


The dove’s necklace By Raja Alem Published by Overlook Duckworth Translated by Katharine Halls and Adam Talib ISBN 9780715645864             Price £19.99 hardback The winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, translated into … Continue reading

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Book review – The making of a Salafi Woman


The making of a Salafi Woman          Paths to conversion By Anabel Inge Published by Oxford University Press ISBN 9780190611675 Price £22.99 hardback                       The spread of Salafism―often … Continue reading

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The devastation at Nimrud

A fragment of an Assyrian-era relief shows the image of a genie holding a pine cone at the ancient site of Nimrud that was destroyed by Islamic State group militants near Mosul, Iraq. in this Nov. 28, 2016 photo. In the 9th and 8th centuries BC, Nimrud was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which burst out of Northern Mesopotamia to conquer much of the Mideast. The remains of its palaces, reliefs and temples were methodically blown up and torn to pieces by the Islamic State group in early 2015 in its campaign to erase history.
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.The city of Nimrud … Continue reading

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Sylvia Smith As Ayesha begins to crack her second sack of nuts of the day, she wipes her hand across her forehead. The sun in southern Morocco is hot and the work physically demanding. She looks over at her neighbour … Continue reading

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