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Arabic: Afro-Asiatic language
Arabic is a Semitic language that first emerged in the 1st to 4th centuries CE. It is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. It is named after the Arabs, a term initially used to describe peoples living in the area bounded by Mesopotamia in the east and the Anti-Lebanon mountains in the west, in Northwestern Arabia and in the Sinai Peninsula. The ISO assigns language codes to thirty varieties of Arabic, including its standard form, Modern Standard Arabic, which is modernized Classical Arabic. This distinction exists primarily among Western linguists; Arabic speakers themselves generally do not distinguish between Modern Standard Arabic and Classical Arabic, but rather refer to both as al-ʻArabīyat ul-fuṣḥá.


Lebanese government under fire over uncontrollable forest blaze

lebanese government under fire over uncontrollable forest blaze
Lebanon has called for international help as it struggles to contain forest fires that have spread across the country since Monday. The death of a volunteer who was assisting firefighters has raised..
WorldNews - Published

Inscriptions on Babri entrance counter temple claims, SC told

Muslim parties on Monday told the SC that Persian and Arabic inscriptions at the entrance of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya deflates expansive argument of Hindu parties that it was never a mosque.
IndiaTimes - Published

Videos for Arabic

Lebanon's Hariri agrees to reforms amid protests [Video]Lebanon's Hariri agrees to reforms amid protests

After days of nationwide protests, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his government partners on Sunday agreed on a package of reforms to ease an economic crisis. Eve Johnson reports.

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'Until our last breath': on the streets with Lebanon's protesters [Video]'Until our last breath': on the streets with Lebanon's protesters

Dany Mortada has spent the last four days on the streets of Beirut, part of anti-government protests amid an economic crisis. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:23Published

Iraq protests toll climbs to at least 45 killed [Video]Iraq protests toll climbs to at least 45 killed

Iraqi police opened fire on protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, as hundreds gathered to demonstrate against the government. Gracie Jerome reports.

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Women's soccer league kicks off in post-Bashir Sudan [Video]Women's soccer league kicks off in post-Bashir Sudan

Sudan has launched a women's soccer league, a move that reflects the new transitional government's aspirations for the country and allows female players to push for wider acceptance. Francesca Lynagh..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

Yemen's Houthis unilaterally release hundreds of detainees [Video]Yemen's Houthis unilaterally release hundreds of detainees

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday released hundreds of Yemeni prisoners in a unilateral move the United Nations hoped would help revive a stalled peace process. Ciara Lee reports

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Young artists are splashing color back onto Mosul [Video]Young artists are splashing color back onto Mosul

A group of students and artists are breathing new life onto the walls of shelled buildings around the Iraqi city of Mosul through painting. Maha Albadrawi reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex [Video]Evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex

U.S. evangelicals have been a core support base for President Donald Trump since the 2016 election. Many are also staunch supporters of Israel, seeing a biblical connection with the Jewish people and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land [Video]Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land

Palestinians vow to defy Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the Jordan Valley, saying the land isn't his to hold on to. The Israeli prime minister made the pledge ahead of next week's election. Lucy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

Palestinians face conflict in cave dwelling [Video]Palestinians face conflict in cave dwelling

Palestinian families living in hillside caves in the West Bank complain of difficult living conditions at the hands of Jewish settlers and Israeli regulations. They say it's a choice of a cave or a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published


'Ticking time bomb': Videos of imprisoned Australian jihadists drip fed by Syrian media

A Syrian website published full-length interviews with three known Australian jihadists alongside articles in Arabic and English, and says two more interviews will follow.
The Age - Published

Syria ‘double tap’ air strike: Who’s to blame?

An attack kills 39 people in Syria - Russia says it wasn't involved. BBC News Arabic investigates.
BBC News - Published

Deeply hurt by attack on Jains over Hindi banner in Bengaluru, they never question use of Arabic: Tejasvi Surya

Reacting, BJP MP from Bangalore South Tejasvi Surya wrote that he was 'deeply hurt by the attack'.
DNA - Published

Aussie stabbing spree by man yelling "God is great" in Arabic

At least one woman stabbed but reports of other people wounded in Australia's largest city, Sydney
CBS News - Published

‘Your blood is on the hands of ICE’: Iraqi man dies weeks after being deported ...

‘your blood is on the hands of ice’: iraqi man dies weeks after being deported ...
A Chaldean Catholic man has died after being deported to Iraq by the US government, a congressman has said. Jimmy Aldaoud had never previously visited Iraq, spoke no Arabic and had no family in the..
WorldNews - Published

Syrian Refugees In Germany, No Longer Made To Feel Welcome, Are Afraid To Go Home

syrian refugees in germany, no longer made to feel welcome, are afraid to go home
It’s been two weeks since Salah Estwani got a seven-page letter telling him he needs to go back to Syria, the Irish Times reports. Estwani is 26 – a Shakespeare lover with a bushy beard, a..
WorldNews - Published

Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

saudi prepares for hajj as gulf tensions persist
Pilgrims at the hajj will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj..
WorldNews - Published

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

Iranian forces seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf that was smuggling fuel to Arab states and has detained seven crewmen, Iran's state media reported on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

China orders shops to remove Arabic from signs as persecution of Muslims intensifies

china orders shops to remove arabic from signs as persecution of muslims intensifies
Officials in Beijing have ordered all shops to cover up any Arabic signs or Islamic symbols, in the latest phase of the government’s crackdown on Muslims. Restaurants, cafes and food stalls which..
WorldNews - Published

Sign of the times: China's capital orders Arabic, Muslim symbols taken down

Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to..
Reuters - Published

Indian Parliament Passes Law Banning Muslim Practice Of 'Instant Divorce'

indian parliament passes law banning muslim practice of 'instant divorce'
Indian lawmakers have passed legislation banning the Muslim practice known as “instant divorce,” Russia Today reports. Proponents of the bill say it will protect Muslim women, while critics argue..
WorldNews - Published

Talking about sex no longer so taboo in the Arab world

Discussing sex has long been socially awkward in the Arab world, but there are signs that attitudes are changing.
BBC News - Published

Isis flag raised at Syrian camp holding jihadist families

isis flag raised at syrian camp holding jihadist families
The black flag of Isis has been hoisted in a Syrian camp holding tens of thousands of the terror group’s family members, nearly four months after the caliphate was officially declared defeated. In a..
WorldNews - Published

Al-Qaida chief Zawahiri asks terrorists to step up attacks against India

Seated in a chair behind a large desk against a black background, Zawahiri, looking old and frail, spoke in Arabic in the video which ran English captions at the bottom. Suspected to be hiding in..
IndiaTimes - Published

Baghdad court sentences fourth French Islamic State member to death

baghdad court sentences fourth french islamic state member to death
BAGHDAD — The French former members of the Islamic State group were brought into the courtroom in Baghdad one after the other on Monday and made to sit inside a wooden cage in the middle. As they..
WorldNews - Published

Man Booker International Prize: Jokha Alharthi is first Arabic winner

man booker international prize: jokha alharthi is first arabic winner
Omani author Jokha Alharthi takes the £50,000 prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.
BBC News - Published

EXCLUSIVE: Arab women in Australia linked to more aggressive breast cancers

Australia prides itself on its thorough breast screening process, but a new study has discovered women born in Arabic-speaking countries in Australia are presenting with more aggressive, further..
SBS - Published

NIA conducts raids in Kerala, questions 3 suspects over ISIS links

The NIA on Sunday raided 3 places in Kerala in connection with an ISIS module and said that it is questioning 3 suspects. The houses of the suspects, two in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad, were searched..
IndiaTimes - Published

Iraqi ISIS Supporter Charged With Attempts To Sabotage German Railroads

iraqi isis supporter charged with attempts to sabotage german railroads
An Iraqi man suspected of sabotaging German railway tracks in a terror plot has been arrested in Austria, Britain’s Daily Mail reports. The 42-year-old suspect, said to be an overt ISIS sympathizer,..
WorldNews - Published

How Arabi Malayalam is scripting a comeback in this election season

The graffiti seeking vote for M B Rajesh invited flak on social media for the ‘use of Arabic for minority appeasement’. However, the script used in the graffiti was Arabi Malayalam, a variant form..
IndiaTimes - Published

Former TV news anchor set to become first Druze woman in Israel's parliament

With Israel's election just over a month away, a Druze former television news anchor is poised to become the first woman from her Arabic-speaking minority to serve in the Israeli parliament.
Reuters - Published

Lack of Arabic education oversight exposes Senegal’s youths to radicalisation

While Senegal has so far successfully shielded itself from the threat of Islamist extremism, experts warn that gaps remain in the country's security strategy, most notably in the field of education...
France 24 - Published

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