Arabic takes center stage for Stockholm theatre troupe | AFP

As Arabic overtakes Finnish to become the second most spoken language in Sweden, one theatre troupe embraces the change by touring the Scandinavian country with plays in the language.

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UAE’s emerging hip hop scene searches for its identity | AFP

Hip hop beats mixed with Arabic and English, a blend that has become a hallmark of a scene searching for its identity in the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf state is best known for its glittering skyscrapers and artificial palm-shaped islands, but young artists are emerging in their quest for a distinct sound.

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Tunisian women perfom viral feminist anthem “The Rapist is You!” | AFP

Tunisian women of the Falgatna collective perform in Arabic the Chilean viral feminist anthem turned into a mighty global roar against sexual violence “The Rapist is You!” during a flashmob in Tunis. IMAGES

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Headlines the day after the death of Tunisian president Essebsi | AFP

The front pages of French and Arabic newspapers in Tunisia headlining with the death of Tunisian President Beji Caïd Essebsi as residents of Tunis praise the “smooth” transition of power and the swearing-in of speaker Mohamed Ennaceur to take the reins as interim president.

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‘I’m an Arab, I love you!’ Israelis hug a blindfolded Arab kid in show of solidarity

Footage from 2016 shows a social experiment conducted by an Arab kid. He stood in the center of Tel Aviv with a sign that read: ‘I’m an Arab and I love you. Hug me if you love me back’ in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

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Suspect named in Christmas market attack in France

(12 Dec 2018) A massive manhunt was underway in France Wednesday for a suspected extremist who yelled “God is great!” in Arabic during a deadly shooting spree around one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. (Dec. 12)

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‘How many weapons did they seize?’ A glimpse of how ISIS raise & educate their children in Iraq

Islamic State’s ideology of terror touches every aspect of daily life – even children’s education. They have their own twisted ideas of what children should be taught, and how to teach them. RT’s Arabic channel got a glimpse of life in former ISIS facilities in Iraq.

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Bolton says he didn’t listen to Khashoggi tape

(27 Nov 2018) President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton says he did not listen to an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi journalist because he doesn’t speak Arabic. (Nov. 27)

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Kazakhstan embraces Latin script in break with past

Number 76 is one of several pilot schools in the city where a Latin alphabet consisting of 32 letters is being test driven for the country’s state language, Kazakh, which has been written in Cyrillic for nearly 80 years. The long-planned return to Latin, which Kazakh was briefly written in from 1927 after the Bolsheviks phased out Arabic scripts for a number of non-Slavic languages, should be completed by 2025.

Austria’s Karin Kneissl surprises UN General Assembly with welcoming speech in Arabic

Austria’s Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Karin Kneissl surprised 73rd United Nations General Assembly with her polylinguist knowledge. She started her speech in Arabic, continued in French, Spanish and English afterwards.

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Should French kids learn Arabic? ‘Halal tax’ & language courses proposed to prevent radicalisation

France’s minister of national education has expressed support for adding Arabic language to the school curriculum for French children, enraging the country’s right-wing that has warned of dire consequences if the plan goes ahead.

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‘Racism in Italy — against Italians’: Far-right furious at Museum’s discount for Arabic speakers

A museum of Egyptian artefacts in the Italian city of Turin has stirred controversy by offering discounts to Arab visitors: So much so that the museum’s director was forced to address an angry crowd outside the building.

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H&M recalls Lego-themed socks after customers spot ‘Allah’ in design

H&M was forced to remove a range of children’s socks from its stores after receiving complaints that part of a design featuring a Lego man with a jackhammer allegedly resembled Arabic script for “Allah.”

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Art brings ‘peace’ to battle-scarred Lebanon districts

From the street below it’s easy to miss the workers daubing rooftops as part of an ambitious art project in two battle-scarred neighbourhoods of Lebanon’s Tripoli. But the Ashekman street art duo behind the project say that once they’re done, the pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell out the word “salam” — Arabic for “peace” — on a scale visible from space.

‘Good Morning’ or ‘Attack them’? Palestinian arrested over mistranslated FB post

An erroneous automatic translation has triggered Israeli police in the West Bank, leading them to believe that an innocuous Facebook greeting written in Arabic by a Palestinian man was a call to launch an attack. The man was briefly arrested.

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Art brings ‘peace’ to battle-scarred Lebanon districts

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‘Have a good trip home’ Danish far-right party distributes ‘one-way tickets’ to immigrants (DEBATE)

A far-right party in Denmark is under fire after giving unwelcome “strangers” and “foreigners” flyers which resemble one-way flight tickets out of the country. The leaflets also include Arabic text which tells recipients to “have a good trip home.”

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Peaceful, sincerely, with grace: Paris attacks commemorated with floating lanterns

Parisians commemorated the anniversary of the Paris attacks by launching lanterns in the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris.
One attendee, Elodie, said: ‘I have no words to describe it all. I am very moved by this solidarity and I think that each of us brought a lot of feeling today.’
Another attendee, Iteb, seen writing a message on a lantern before launching it, said: ‘I wrote in Arabic – ‘The republic will never be down’.
The multiple attacks, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, targeted the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants, bars and the Stade de France during a football friendly match between France and Germany, killing over 132 people in total.

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