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Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras returns home after 'heroic' hunger-strike

The New Arab Staff

Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras returns home after 'heroic' hunger-strike

Maher al-Akhras was taken out of Israeli prison and sent home after being imprisoned by Israel and kept on administrative detention.

Why some American Muslims are choosing to vote Republican

Brooke Anderson

Why some American Muslims are choosing to vote Republican

In-depth: Small but growing support for Trump among America's Muslims shows that the Democratic Party takes the Muslim vote for granted at its ...

Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks

Human rights groups have filed a criminal complaint in Germany calling for the investigation of two deadly regime chemical weapons attacks in ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey pledges 'full solidarity' with Libya unity govt

Turkey stands in full solidarity with Libya's UN-recognised government, the Turkish president said on Sunday.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trial of Sudan's Bashir adjourned to October 6

The trial of Omar al-Bashir was adjourned on Tuesday to October 6.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Sudan's democratic transition still at risk of counter-revolutionary meddling

Comment: The reforms enacted in Sudan do not represent the immediate demands of protesters, and instead signal interference of UAE as a ...

The New Arab Staff

Syrian gravedigger reveals details of 'Nazi-like' regime mass killings

A former gravedigger has given a German court horrifying details about the burial of tens of thousands of Assad regime torture victims in mass ...

HRW raises alarm over safety of ex-Saudi Crown Prince

The New Arab Staff

HRW raises alarm over safety of ex-Saudi Crown Prince

Human Rights Watch has said that there are growing fears over the safety of former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was arrested last ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

World Bank-funded dam in Lebanon mirrors governance crisis

Campaigners describe the Bisri Valley dam as an environmental crime and a prime example of poor governance.

Loujain Alhathloul's health 'extremely deteriorating' amid hunger strike

The New Arab Staff

Loujain Alhathloul's health 'extremely deteriorating' amid hunger strike

Loujain Alhathloul has reportedly launched a hunger strike in Saudi prison over months of an unfair family contact ban, her sister confirmed.

'End of the world': Countdown to Beirut's devastating blast

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'End of the world': Countdown to Beirut's devastating blast

More than 180 people were killed when an explosion rocked the Lebanese capital earlier this month, devastating much of the city and changing ...

Yemen in Focus: 'No explosives found' at Aden port

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: 'No explosives found' at Aden port

This week we focus on the result of an investigation into alleged ammonium nitrate at Aden port, Yemen's viral 'water girl' and more.

The Beirut blast: An accident in name only

International Crisis Group

The Beirut blast: An accident in name only

Comment: Blatant, perhaps criminal, negligence and bureaucratic ineptitude were the immediate causes of the explosion, says the International ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Beirut blast sends political shockwaves

The tragedy in Beirut has reignited calls by Iraqis for militant factions and groups linked to the government to remove their weapons stockpiles from residential areas.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's PM promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

Fulfilling a key demand of the months-long protest movement, Prime Minister Kadhimi announced Iraq's parliamentary elections would be held in ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Egypt's military gambit in Libya risks backfiring

Cairo's bellicose rhetoric has raised fears of a wider regional conflict.

The New Arab Staff

Lebanon Central Bank governor responds to inflated assets accusations

Riad Salameh denied recent accusations of intentionally concealing the central bank's losses, after being charged with "undermining the ...

Egyptians outraged by mistranslated Ethiopian foreign minister Nile tweet

The New Arab Staff

Egyptians outraged by mistranslated Ethiopian foreign minister Nile tweet

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has outraged Egyptians with a tweet declaring that 'the Nile is ours'.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon contracts NY-based company to do forensic audit

New York-based Alvarez & Marsal will conduct a forensic audit of the Lebanese central bank's accounts.

In Libya's war, where is the UK?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

In Libya's war, where is the UK?

Comment: For all its talk about human rights, the UK has been decidedly absent in supporting a stable solution for Libya that would favour the ...

Stephen Miller is a man on a mission

Mobashra Tazamal

Stephen Miller is a man on a mission

Comment: Trump is calling on Stephen Miller's toxic immigration politics to distract from his falling poll numbers and a disastrous handling of ...

Kuwait general reserves plummet by third after coronavirus lockdowns

The New Arab Staff

Kuwait general reserves plummet by third after coronavirus lockdowns

Low oil prices and coronavirus lockdowns have forced the Kuwaiti government to tap into reserves.

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