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Yemenis Fall Deeper into Poverty on Eve of Ramadan

Marketplaces in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa were stacked with produce on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, but there were barely any customers with the means to buy.

Prices have spiked over the course of Yemen's conflict, which since 2015 has pitted a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and seen the country's largest port reduced to a wasteland under de facto blockade.

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In Wartime Yemen, Artisans Keep Up the Shine on Gemstones

Her fingers bleed from beneath the nail beds, but sitting at her workstation, filing Yemeni gemstones on a spinning wheel, Safaa al-Faqih is at peace in a country for too long at war.

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Lebanese Authorities Block Gay Pride Festival

Lebanon's LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organizer and threatened him with prosecution, he said Wednesday.

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Saudi Arabia Announces Thursday Start for Ramadan

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said. 

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Von Trier Targets #MeToo in Shocking Serial Killer Film

Controversial director Lars von Trier kicked up a storm of anger at the Cannes film festival Tuesday with a brutal serial killer film which many see as giving the finger to the #MeToo movement.

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Erdogan Lambasts French Call for Removing Koran Passages

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at a French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed in response to rising anti-Semitism.

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Divisions Resurface as Germany Fetes Marx at 200

Germany marked the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth on Saturday, but celebrations risked being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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'Do You Speak African?' Black Actors Blast Racism of French Film Industry

Sick of being typecast as cleaners, prostitutes and delinquents from deprived suburban estates, a group of black and mixed race actresses published a book Friday pillorying the prejudice they have suffered at the hands of the French film industry.

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2018 Nobel Literature Prize Postponed after #MeToo Turmoil

The Swedish Academy said Friday it would postpone this year's Nobel Literature Prize for the first time in almost 70 years, as it is rocked by turmoil over links to a man accused of rape and sexual assault.

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Turkish Cartoonist Wins Press Freedom Prize

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, who has been convicted of helping "terrorist" organizations and sentenced to nearly four years in prison, was awarded a top prize on Thursday by the organization Cartooning for Peace.

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