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Displaced Iraqis cross the Tigris River by boat after the bridge has been temporarily closed, in western Mosul, Iraq May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
The Iraqi man laid the body of his wife, wrapped in a black shroud, gently on the bow of a small wooden boat and held onto it as a second man rowed slowly to pick up the man’s three children standing a few meters away. The two teenage girls and young boy climbed...
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Egyptian couple celebrate their wedding day. (Ahmad Abdel Mageed/AFP/Getty Images)
Three women huddle around the couple. Two of the women are likely to be their mothers; the third in this decisive meeting is the matchmaker, the middle-woman or the khatba. She is the one who is brokering the marriage. Anyone wandering through Cairo’s cafes or social...
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Iranians protest against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on June 24, 2014 at Imam Hossein Square in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Qassem Suleimani was only a young soldier in the Iran–Iraq War when he led Iranian troops through Iraqi minefields, stealing the odd goat along the way, and earning the respect even of the enemy. Today, Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, the special forces unit...
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Yemeni people carry drinkable water due to the water shortage, affecting daily life ahead of Ramadan, in Sana’a, Yemen on June 16, 2014. (Photo by Sinan Yiter/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In classical times, Yemen was called Eudaimon Arabia and Arabia Felix (meaning “fortunate”), thanks to the rains which fell on its mountains, almost unique in an otherwise arid Arabian Peninsula. In those days the rains were heavier, so today less groundwater is now...
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A member of Halparki Kirkuk practices his dance moves. (Hannah Lucinda Smith)
On a baking hot Monday afternoon just before the start of Ramadan, a group of teenagers filed into a dilapidated sports hall in Kirkuk. There was no air-conditioning and no watercooler, and the sweat dripped down their faces as they started to dance. But they beamed...
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Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeledin İhsanoğlu. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/GettyImages)
There have been a lot of positive reactions to the news that Turkey’s secular opposition have joined with nationalists to back a pious former Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference as its candidate for the country’s first-ever direct...