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Israel mulls prisoner swap with Hamas amid Covid-19 pandemic

Diana Alghoul

Israel mulls prisoner swap with Hamas amid Covid-19 pandemic

Israel and Hamas are considering a deal whereby Hamas will release four Israeli soldiers in exchange for vulnerable Palestinian prisoners and the supply of ventilators to Gaza

Date of publication: 08 April, 2020

HRW: Afghanistan should prosecute head off ISIS-linked group

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HRW: Afghanistan should prosecute head off ISIS-linked group

Human Rights Watch is calling on the Afghanistan government to prosecute Aslam Farooqi for war crimes.

BAME groups hit harder by Covid-19 than white people

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BAME groups hit harder by Covid-19 than white people

More than a third of coronavirus patients in the UK are from black, asian and minority ethnic groups, a new study indicates.

Dubai suspends marriage and divorce during Covid-19 lockdown

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Dubai suspends marriage and divorce during Covid-19 lockdown

Dubai is suspending marriages and divorces during the novel coronavirus ...

Millions may go hungry in Lebanon's virus lockdown: HRW

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Millions may go hungry in Lebanon's virus lockdown: HRW

In locked-down Lebanon, millions of residents may not be able to afford food or necessities, after the economic crisis already left many without income or access to funds.

'Catastrophe is coming': Disaster looms for Greek refugee camps

Arash Yousufi and Keira Dignan

'Catastrophe is coming': Disaster looms for Greek refugee camps

Life for refugees in Greece is already fraught with uncertainty and hardship, but fears have spiralled since the coronavirus pandemic reached the camps.

Free film screenings and gallery tours for your quarantine

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Free film screenings and gallery tours for your quarantine

Isolation can be tough, but these Middle Eastern art galleries, festivals and creators are opening up local art scenes online.

Yemen in Focus: UN's lax approach 'emboldens Houthi violence'

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: UN's lax approach 'emboldens Houthi violence'

This week we focus on the response to an uptick in Houthi violence, the release of hundreds of prisoners, and more.

Lebanon launches unprecedented investigation into Ghanaian domestic worker's death

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Lebanon launches unprecedented investigation into Ghanaian domestic worker's death

After a report by Al Jazeera detailed the harrowing circumstances surrounding the death of migrant worker Faustina Tay, Lebanon has opened an ...

Sabena Siddiqui

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

The recent launch of the EU's Iran-trading mechanism, Instex, offers hope to Tehran at a time when economic deadlock and the Covid-19 outbreak threaten to wreak havoc.

After IS, Mosul's women lead the fight against coronavirus

Azhar Al-Rubaie and Abdulmuhaimen Basel

After IS, Mosul's women lead the fight against coronavirus

With Mosul's health system still struggling to recover three years after liberation from the Islamic State, women in the city are leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Israeli man charged with spying for Iran, plotting attacks

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Israeli man charged with spying for Iran, plotting attacks

The unidentified man was charged with 'infringement of the security of Israel'.

Ramona Wadi

June Rain: A powerful portrait of identity and division

Book Club: Jabbour Douaihy's powerful novel is a poignant portrayal of community, identity and division in Lebanon.

Syrian's self-immolation highlights refugees' woes during Lebanon's coronavirus outbreak

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Syrian's self-immolation highlights refugees' woes during Lebanon's coronavirus outbreak

In Lebanon, the majority of Syrian refugees were already living below the ...

Far-right groups are 'Zoombombing' Muslims in the US

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Far-right groups are 'Zoombombing' Muslims in the US

Far-right and white supremacist movements are hacking meetings of liberal and Muslim groups in the US, to spread their hateful and racist messages.

FBI opened 'pointless terror investigations' into non-violent pro-Palestinian group

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FBI opened 'pointless terror investigations' into non-violent pro-Palestinian group

Thousands of pages of documents reveal how the FBI snooped on non-violent pro-Palestinian activists in investigations that resulted in no charges.

Muslim-American firefighter contracts coronavirus after Jewish teenager 'deliberately sneezed'

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Muslim-American firefighter contracts coronavirus after Jewish teenager 'deliberately sneezed'

Three Jewish teenagers sneezed in the face of a Muslim firefighter. Four days later, he showed symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

UN slams attack on Libya's potential coronavirus hospital

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UN slams attack on Libya's potential coronavirus hospital

UN coordinator for Libya refrains from naming the perpetrator in a statement condemning Monday's attack on a coronavirus-designated hospital in ...

Turkey's Erdogan sues Fox TV anchorman for coronavirus post

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Turkey's Erdogan sues Fox TV anchorman for coronavirus post

Fox TV anchorman Fatih Portakal is being sued by Turkey's president and the country's finance regulator for posts made on social media.

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinian volunteers set up their own coronavirus checkpoints

The volunteers operating the 'barriers of love' hope to stop a widespread outbreak in the occupied West Bank.

Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

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Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns over the health of political prisoners and rights activists detained across the Gulf, as the region battles with the coronavirus.

India's lockdown triggers mass exodus of desperate migrant workers

Aamir Ali Bhat

India's lockdown triggers mass exodus of desperate migrant workers

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are desperately trying to return home, after India's nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus sparked a mass exodus.

The New Arab

TNA Voice: Middle Easterners are battling the coronavirus pandemic

Our podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond. In this episode we bring to light heart-warming stories from the tragedy of coronavirus pandemic

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