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The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

The New Arab Staff

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and ...

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Iraqi Christians woke up to Christmas cards from their Muslim neighbours in a heartfelt exchange of love and solidarity.

The New Arab Staff

Athens' first mosque reopens on Christmas Day

The Greek capital's first mosque has been allowed to reopen on Christmas Day after it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic

The New Arab Staff

'Abusive texts' sparked discovery of suspected UAE-Saudi Aljazeera hack

Al Jazeera’s IT team, who also examined the phone, found the same spyware on the phones of 35 other staff members.

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17-year-old Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Jerusalem

The shooting incident took place in occupied East Jerusalem.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

Over 50,000 Israelis visited UAE since travel agreement: report

The New Arab Staff

Over 50,000 Israelis visited UAE since travel agreement: report

Tens of thousands of Israeli tourists flocked to the UAE in just two weeks, a report said, driving a tourism boom in the Gulf country.

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

Moroccan Islamist movements condemn normalisation of ties with Israel

The New Arab Staff

Moroccan Islamist movements condemn normalisation of ties with Israel

Moroccan Islamist groups, including the ruling PJD party’s educational and charitable arm, have condemned a recent deal under which Morocco will ...

Erdogan donates Islamic calligraphy to Hagia Sophia

The New Arab Staff

Erdogan donates Islamic calligraphy to Hagia Sophia

The calligraphic plaque features verses 159 and 160 from the Al-Imran chapter of the Quran.

IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in homes

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in homes

The IED attacks that have multiplied in the vast, remote and sparsely populated region which authorities have declared off-limits to journalists.

Israel warns citizens not to talk politics with Emiratis

The New Arab Staff

Israel warns citizens not to talk politics with Emiratis

Israel has warned its citizens not to discuss democracy, the royal family, or other taboo issues with Emiratis during their trips to the UAE.

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South African stranded in Jerusalem after year of walking

Shahid bin Yusuf Takala says his prolonged stay at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque has been a 'great blessing'.

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Agreement grants Emirati, Bahraini tourists entry to Al-Aqsa: report

Visitors will be allowed in through the Jordanian-Palestinian gates, according to reports.

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Al-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith marriage were misunderstood

Professor Amna Nosseir sparked public outcry after she said there is no text in Islamic law that prevents a Muslim woman from marrying a ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Cairo's 'City of the Dead' brought back to life

Since 2014, a series of projects financed by the European Union has changed the face of a small section of the sprawling necropolis.

Austria's Muslims wary of backlash after attack

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Austria's Muslims wary of backlash after attack

One NGO, which documents anti-Muslim harassments and racism, has reported a an increase in incidents in the wake of the Vienna attack.

Diana Alghoul

Exclusive: Reactions to US elections inside the Middle East

The Middle East is keeping a watchful eye on the outcome of the volatile elections taking place in the US.

Anti-France protests draw thousands in Asia, Middle East

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Anti-France protests draw thousands in Asia, Middle East

Muslims in South Asia vented their fury at French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday while smaller anti-France protests also took place in the ...

In Pennsylvania, a bright new future is emerging

Al-Sharif Nassef

In Pennsylvania, a bright new future is emerging

Comment: Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, and our sizeable Arab and Muslim community has a vital role to play in the 2020 election and ...

Thousands rally against France's Macron in Jerusalem

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Thousands rally against France's Macron in Jerusalem

President Macron should be held accountable 'for the acts of violence and chaos in France', a Jerusalem cleric said on Friday.

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