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Palestinian foreign minister urges Israel to return to talks

20 December, 2020

Palestinian foreign minister called on Israel to return to talks based on a two-state solution, saying the Palestinian Authority is ready to cooperate with incoming US President-elect Joe Biden.

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi refugees stuck in Jordan

20 December, 2020

Up until 2014, when the Islamic State group swept the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq, Christians pulled out the stops over Christmas, with celebrations lasting a whole month

The future is bright for the Arabic audiobooks industry

18 December, 2020

As the world celebrates Arabic Language Day, its 390 million speakers are becoming an important market for the growing popularity of audiobooks.

Jerusalem has room for a Palestinian capital, Gantz says

17 December, 2020

Jerusalem will remain Israel's 'undivided capital' but there will be a 'place for a Palestinian capital', Benny Gantz said.

UAE joins East Mediterranean gas forum 'as observer'

17 December, 2020

It has been announced that the UAE will join the East Mediterranean Gas Forum as an observer.

Saudi Arabia kicks off coronavirus vaccination campaign

17 December, 2020

Saudi Arabia is rolling out its coronavirus vaccination programme, starting with the elderly.

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part II

16 December, 2020

Comment: Reflecting on a decade of Arab uprisings, Rami Khouri takes stock of a protest movement on hold, as Arab states and citizens enter their second century of state-building.

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part I

16 December, 2020

Comment: Rami Khouri reflects on a decade of Arab uprisings that saw unprecedented protest and the slow birth of a new Arab citizen, but also the brutal response of regimes.

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

16 December, 2020

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia announces three-phase roll out of Covid-19 vaccine

15 December, 2020

Citing the health ministry, Saudi Arabia's official news agency described a three-phase rollout but did not specify dates or how long the campaign would take.

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