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Coronavirus and the oil price collapse have led to a 23-percent average loss for major Arab stock markets in the first quarter of 2020, according to a new UN report.

About 87 million people in the region also lack access to drinking water at home, forcing them to collect it from a public source and similarly threatening their health.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The second richest man in Egypt has threatened to kill himself poverty is on the rise and Israeli settlers are trying to infect Palestinians by spitting in today's daily roundup.

Coronavirus to plunge millions into poverty in Arab world

The New Arab & agencies

Coronavirus to plunge millions into poverty in Arab world

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic could plunge more than eight million people in the Arab world into poverty.

Arab leaders were already incompetent, then came coronavirus

Rami G. Khouri

Arab leaders were already incompetent, then came coronavirus

Comment: Weak political and economic management will now be further exposed, as coronavirus and multiple new crises roll over the region, writes ...

Kamel Hawwash

Israeli apartheid in the spotlight

Comment: It's time the UN republished the ESCWA report on Israeli practices of Apartheid against the Palestinian people, writes Kamel Hawwash.

Suraya Dadoo

A deafening silence surrounds Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Comment: A new UNHRC report stating that Israel may have committed war crimes in Gaza has met with global silence, writes Suraya Dadoo.

The New Arab & agencies

Cost of Syria war destruction almost $400 billion: UN

The figure does not include the loss of competences and skilled labour, considered the "most important enablers of the Syrian economy".

The New Arab

Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for 'beating pregnant wife'

A Saudi man has been arrested for beating his pregnant wife with a past history of assault including throwing knives at her.

Violence against women is harming Arab economies, says UN

The New Arab

Violence against women is harming Arab economies, says UN

In a bid to promote policy reform in Arab states, the United Nations is highlighting the huge economic cost of gender-based violence.

Gehad Quisay

Bernie Sanders slams BDS, reiterates support for Israel

Bernie Sanders was once hailed the anti-establishment candidate on the left. Widely supported by Muslim Americans, Sanders now slams BDS and ...

'Israeli Apartheid': UN-report director has 'no regrets'

The New Arab & agencies

'Israeli Apartheid': UN-report director has 'no regrets'

The UN director, responsible for a controversial UN document that described Israel's treatment of Palestinian's as an 'Apartheid system' for the ...

Israel's hijabi judge: Band aid for a gaping wound?

Gehad Quisay

Israel's hijabi judge: Band aid for a gaping wound?

Hana Mansour-Khatib's appointment as Israel's first hijabi judge may sound like a civil rights triumph, but it is not, writes Gehad Quisay.

Call it what you wish, it amounts to Apartheid

Seraj Assi

Call it what you wish, it amounts to Apartheid

Comment: The Hebrew term, 'Hafrada' meaning 'segregation' has rapidly dropped from official Israeli rhetoric, apparently to avoid association ...

Israel accuses UN of pro-Palestinian bias at anti-BDS gathering

The New Arab

Israel accuses UN of pro-Palestinian bias at anti-BDS gathering

Israel has been angered by recent UN criticism of its continued settlement building and treatment of Palestinians, has cut UN funding, and found ...

Ibrahim Fraihat

Trump's administration and Israeli Apartheid will bankrupt UN morality

Comment: In the face of the US and Israel, UN Secretary-General Guterres must speak out and protect the morality of the UN, writes Ibrahim Fraihat.

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinians give award to UN official who condemned Israel

President Mahmoud Abbas informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine Medal of the Highest Honour in recognition of her ...

The New Arab

UN agency head resigns after Israel 'apartheid report'

Rima Khalaf announced her resignation at a hastily-arranged press conference in Beirut on Friday, after refusing to withdraw the report that ...

The New Arab

UN report accuses Israel of apartheid, draws furious reactions

A UN report concluded that Israel has established an “apartheid regime,” drawing quick condemnation from Tel Aviv and Washington on Wednesday.

Divisions among Arab states on climate change

Salaheddine Lemaizi

Divisions among Arab states on climate change

Salaheddine Lemaizi reports from the corridors of the ‘blue zone’, the part of the COP22 village reserved for officials.

Thaer Ghandour

Lebanon's impoverished Tripoli a launching pad for Europe-bound migrants

Feature: A ferry line between Tripoli and Turkey has become part of the route to Europe used by Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as ...

Disability rights in the Arab World: Progress and challenges

Mohammad Ali Musawi & Nada Ramadan

Disability rights in the Arab World: Progress and challenges

The Arab World made significant advances in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities but substantial challenges remain, write Nada ...

Sharm al-Sheikh and the fate of the Arab world

Clovis Maksoud

Sharm al-Sheikh and the fate of the Arab world

Comment: The Arab world is fractured and divided as never before, but has the recently concluded Sharm el Sheikh summit effectively addressed ...

Gaza: no justice until US drops Israel at UN

Vijay Prashad

Gaza: no justice until US drops Israel at UN

Comment: International criticism of Israel’s summer offensive will come to nothing if the US continues to protect its ally with its UN veto, ...

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