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The minister's response has left some scratching their heads.

Adnan al-Afiyuni, the pro-regime mufti of Damascus province, has been killed in a car bomb attack near Syria’s capital.

Syria fires ravage livelihoods ahead of harvest

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Syria fires ravage livelihoods ahead of harvest

Sweeping forest fires ravaged parts of Syria over the weekend, deeply impacting thousands of locals.

Egypt tries plasma treatment to fight pandemic

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Egypt tries plasma treatment to fight pandemic

Egypt is trialling a plasma treatment to find a potential cure for the deadly coronavirus.

Where does STL verdict leave Lebanon's search for accountability?

Kareem Shaheen

Where does STL verdict leave Lebanon's search for accountability?

Comment: Establishing the truth behind Hariri's killing and a string of other assassinations is an important step towards reconciliation, as ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Why the UAE seeks stronger ties with Iran

Comment: As the UAE moves out of Saudi Arabia's shadow, its developing ties with Iran are not as surprising as some might suggest, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

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#SayTheirNames: The victims of Beirut blasts

The Beirut blast death toll has exceeded 150. As protesters rage in the capital calling for accountability, The New Arab has compiled a list of ...

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Afghan forces, Taliban clash after ceasefire end

Two clashes broke out Wednesday in the eastern province of Ghazni.

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Fears grow in Turkey as daily coronavirus cases increase

Turkey's daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row, authorities confirmed, amid growing concern over a second ...

20 dead in Afghan prison raid claimed by IS

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20 dead in Afghan prison raid claimed by IS

Fighting was raging one day after gunmen stormed the prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

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Three killed as armed men storm Afghan prison

Armed men stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least three people and shattering the relative calm of a ceasefire across the ...

Iran, UAE top diplomats discuss virus in rare talks

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Iran, UAE top diplomats discuss virus in rare talks

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he discussed the region's coronavirus outbreaks and other issues with his Emirati counterpart ...

Suicide car bomb, gunmen attack prison in east Afghanistan

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Suicide car bomb, gunmen attack prison in east Afghanistan

Sunday's attack comes a day after the Afghan intelligence agency said a senior IS commander was killed by Afghan special forces near Jalalabad.

Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

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Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

"You almost forget that there has been a war in this country for 40 years," one Jalalabad resident said.

Jordan teachers protest after arrest of union leaders

The New Arab Staff

Jordan teachers protest after arrest of union leaders

Thousands of public sector workers took to the streets across Jordan on Saturday evening to protest the arrest of leaders from the teachers ...

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Muslim pilgrims perform last rites of hajj in Mecca

Pilgrims took part in one of the final stages of hajj - a symbolic stoning og the devil - using sanitised pebbles and maintaining social distancing

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Man killed in clashes between Lebanese army, villagers

A man has been killed in clashes between the army and villagers in north Lebanon following a dispute over "smuggled" livestock which the army ...

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Calm across Afghanistan as ceasefire holds on day two

Hopes are building for renewed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban as a ceasefire holds for a second day

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Flash flooding kills dozens of children in Afghan village

Fifteen children under five and one woman were killed as dozens of houses collapsed due to flash flooding in eastern Afghanistan

British Muslims condemn lockdown announced two hours before <em>Eid</em>

The New Arab Staff

British Muslims condemn lockdown announced two hours before Eid

'It is like being told they cannot visit family and friends for Christmas on Christmas Eve itself,' the UK's largest Muslim group said, ...

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Hosting limited hajj required 'double efforts': Saudi king

King Salman said organising this year's scaled down hajj took 'double the effort'

Gloomy mood in Libya on eve of <em>Eid</em> <em>al</em>-Adha

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Gloomy mood in Libya on eve of Eid al-Adha

The mood in Libya is gloomy as they celebrate Eid al-Adha in a state of war and pandemic.

Trim for <em>Eid</em>: Qatar barbers and salons re-open

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Trim for Eid: Qatar barbers and salons re-open

After being closed for four months, salons in Qatar have finally re-opened just in time for Eid al-Adha.

Afghan truce begins ahead of possible talks

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Afghan truce begins ahead of possible talks

A three-day ceasefire between Taliban and government forces has begun as Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Adha.

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