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Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

France views Turkey's foreign policy stance as a threat to its own economic and geopolitical interests.

Syria Weekly: Fears over 'under the radar' coronavirus epidemic

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Fears over 'under the radar' coronavirus epidemic

Areas outside Syrian regime control remain at a major disadvantage in battling Covid-19, with fears that the coronavirus could be more widespread than is being reported.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Falastin: Sami Tamimi's love letter to Palestinian food

Elias Jahshan

Falastin: Sami Tamimi's love letter to Palestinian food

The New Arab Meets: Sami Tamimi to talk about his new cookbook Falastin, a love letter to Palestinian food, the land and its people.

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Facebook appoints Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman on oversight board

Facebook nominated Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman as a member of its new Oversight Board, the company's latest content moderation initiative.

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Egypt moves sphinxes to Tahrir Square despite controversy

Egyptian authorities have relocated four ancient sphinxes to Cairo's Tahrir Square, prompting fears that the city's high air pollution could ...

Paul Iddon

Is Libya on the road to de facto partition?

Neither side in Libya's civil war can achieve a decisive victory.

Bahey el-Din Hassan

A job or a calling? Human rights in Egypt

Comment: Founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Bahey el-Din Hassan takes a in-depth look at the personalities and debates ...

Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

Saudi Arabia ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings as the kingdom seeks to blunt ...

The New Arab

Syrian regime bombs Idlib as Turkey 'neutralizes' Kurdish fighters

The Syrian regime has bombed several areas of Idlib province in violation of a ceasefire as Turkey announced that it had 'neutralized' 20 ...

Saudi families plead for bodies of executed relatives

Anthony Harwood

Saudi families plead for bodies of executed relatives

Saudi families of 37 people beheaded in a mass execution are pleading with authorities to return the bodies of their relatives, a year after ...

'Watershed' first Syrian state torture trial opens in Germany

The New Arab & agencies

'Watershed' first Syrian state torture trial opens in Germany

Justice has been elusive for victims of the Syrian regime but human rights experts say the German trial offers hope for those subjected to war ...

Erdogan's Empire: The rise of Turkey's enigmatic leader

Paul Iddon

Erdogan's Empire: The rise of Turkey's enigmatic leader

Book Club: Soner Cagaptay charts the rise of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and how he sought to make Turkey a major power.

Could MbS' power grab unravel Al Saud rule?

Emile Nakhleh

Could MbS' power grab unravel Al Saud rule?

Comment: The Saudi crown prince's rise to power has in effect destabilised his country, and by extension Al Saud control, writes Emile Nakhleh.

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Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

Some of those arrested in the latest crackdown were reportedly figures close to the Saudi establishment.

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American's hunger strike death endangers $1.3bn Egypt military aid

The US State Department recently considered slashing a chunk of Egypt's annual $1.3 billion in military aid over a US citizen's death, according ...

The New Arab

No Nowruz? Iran braces for changes to New Year

A speech for Iran's major celebratory Nowruz event will be cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, the supreme ...

The New Arab & agencies

Bahrain bars spectators from F1 race over coronavirus fears

The upcoming Bahrain F1 has become the latest international sporting event to be affected by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nile cruise ship quarantined after 45 coronavirus cases confirmed

The New Arab & agencies

Nile cruise ship quarantined after 45 coronavirus cases confirmed

As cases of coronavirus on an Egyptian cruise ship reach 45, a string of infections among American holidaymakers returning from Egypt signals a ...

Kamal Afzali

Palestinian-Jordanian cleric faces Emirati court for 'spreading hatred'

An Emirati criminal court claimed Wassim Youssef had threatened 'national unity and public order' for a Twitter post directed at those who ...

Erdogan and Putin will remain forever 'frenemies'

Zeidon Alkinani

Erdogan and Putin will remain forever 'frenemies'

Comment: The Syrian conflict showcases the cyclical nature of Moscow and Ankara's volatile and complex relationship, writes Zeidon AlKinani.

Syrian regime kills two Turkish soldiers amid Idlib airstrikes

The New Arab

Syrian regime kills two Turkish soldiers amid Idlib airstrikes

The Syrian regime has killed two Turkish soldiers and dozens of civilians in shelling and airstrikes in Idlib province as Turkey continued drone ...

Saudi Arabia issues death sentence for juvenile offenders

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia issues death sentence for juvenile offenders

The charges facing the group relate to the 'crime' of burying the victims of extrajudicial government killings of Shia dissidents during a 2012 ...

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