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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Wednesday, March 21, 2019. Jim Young/ AP

Mike Pompeo and David Friedman film Bible documentary in Israel

Upcoming film is titled Route 60: The biblical highway

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TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on in Culver City, California, on August 27, 2020.

Egypt releases three detained over satirical TikTok song

Rights groups estimate that some 60,000 political prisoners are being held in Egypt

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In this July 16, 2019 photo, a visitor looks at antiquities displayed at the historical Pasha Palace, run by Gaza's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in Gaza City.

Ancient 4,500-year-old stone statuette found in Gaza

Reda says that 'The statue represents the Canaanite goddess Anat'

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An Afghan youth plays the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds mobile game on his phone at a park in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 21, 2022.

Taliban orders TikTok, PUBG ban in entertainment crackdown

Taliban claims that the apps 'made the young generation go astray'

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Owen Alterman, the senior international affairs correspondent for i24NEWS, speaks from the i24NEWS studio in Jaffa, Israel, on April 14, 2022.

Saudi Arabia’s satirical Biden skit shows cultural shift

'We know how much [the crown prince]... wants to see this country become modernized'

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Samir, a worshiper at a mosque, speaks from Algeria on April 4, 2022.

Ramadan: Muslim world attends mass prayers after years of Covid

'The taste of Ramadan has returned, and the mosques are filled with worshipers'

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An Iranian arrives for the opening day of the 38th Tehran International Short Film Festival in Tehran, Iran, on October 19, 2021.

Iran: Women in film slam industry’s ‘systemic’ sexual violence

'Acts of violence are systematic... We call for serious legal consequences for the violators'

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Emiratis stand in front of a large menorah at Israel's Expo 2020 Pavilion in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, UAE, on November 28, 2021, during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

US, UAE, Israel launch team to promote interfaith dialogue

'The Abraham Accords have become the most important force for positive change in the Middle East'

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A woman uses her mobile telephone as she walks in front of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran on November 4, 2021.

The secret lives of residents in Iran’s capital city

'There is no freedom, no democracy, and no normal life'

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"الأيام اليهودية بطنجة" من تنظيم مؤسسة لورين وجمعية أصدقاء الثقافة اليهودية المغربية، وتحت رعاية وزارة الشباب والثقافة والتواصل المغربية

Morocco: “Jewish Days of Tangiers” holds intercultural dialogue

Event aims to highlight Tangier's character as a space for cultural pluralism and coexistence

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A person gestures over a rainbow flag while participating in a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata, India, on July 7, 2013.

Rights group: 'LGBT Iraqis live in constant fear'

'Iraqi authorities should start by publicly condemning violence against LGBT people'

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A boat sails past the Dubai Marina in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on January 23, 2022.

Dubai among top-ranking cities for expats

Moss says that a big draw for expats is the feeling of security offered by Dubai

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A handler guides his camels during the first Qatar Camel Festival, at the Lebsayyer area of al-Shahaniyyah, northwest of Doha, Qatar, on March 8, 2022.

Record cash prize awarded at Qatar camel beauty pageant

'Work was done to combat tampering, which is the use of Botox and fillers and other things'

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A handout picture released by the Iraqi Prime Minister's Media Office on March 6, 2022 shows Premier Mustafa al-Kadhemi (C) inaugurating the renovated National Museum as it reopens following a 3-year closure.

Iraq's National Museum reopens after 3-year closure

Prime minister says museum of Mesopotamian treasures has undergone extensive renovation

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Palestinian artist Samia Halaby speaks during the inauguration of the Palestine Museum US in Woodbridge, Connecticut, United States, April 22, 2018.

‘Our mission is not political’ – Palestinian art comes to Venice

The world’s largest art event, the Venice Biennale, dedicates an exhibition for Palestinian art

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This November 26, 2018 photo, shows a deserted beach during a government organized tour to the coastal North Sinai Peninsula city of el-Arish, Egypt.

Egypt: Ancient wells, artifacts unearthed in northern Sinai

The ancient wells are believed to be part of the Horus Military Road

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A chicken contestant is seen at a chicken beauty pageant in Tripoli, Libya, on February 24, 2022.

Chicken beauty pageants hit North Africa with Libya debut

'This is a great profession that has taken the youth away from negativity and wars'

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Lights shine down on an Emirati family looking at the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 2, 2020.

Highly-anticipated Museum of the Future opens in Dubai

The museum tells the narrative of the future through interactive exhibitions

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This picture taken on February 2, 2020 shows a Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Boeing 787-8 aircraft landing at Morocco's Benslimane airport.

Morocco: Airline to launch new Tel Aviv-Casablanca route

'This new link meets the expectations of the Moroccan community in Israel'

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Demonstrators take part in the International Transgender Day of Visibility in the city of Nice, France, on March 31, 2021.

Kuwait repeals law against ‘imitation of the opposite sex’

Amnesty says the law is 'deeply discriminatory, overly vague and never should have been accepted'

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Workers at a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 3, 2021.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Israel a top food destination

Of the six spots in Israel that made the cut, five of them are located in Tel Aviv, with two in the top 10

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Iraqi antiquities are displayed during a ceremony held at the National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon, February 6, 2022

Lebanese museum returns millennia-old antiquities to Iraq

'Today, Iraq has restored 331 cuneiform tablets,' the director of the Iraq council of antiquities says

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Israeli actress Gal Gadot attends the world premiere of Netflix's "Red Notice" at LA Live in Los Angeles on November 3, 2021.

Kuwait bans 'Death on the Nile' film with Israeli actress

Social media users demanded movie not be shown, citing Gal Gadot's comments during 2014 Gaza war

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Visitors walk outside the Sustainability pavilion at the Expo 2020 in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai on October 6, 2021.

Dubai praises tourism rebound after Covid-struck 2020

Dubai calls the recovery 'a remarkable turnaround amid continuing global challenges'