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This year's Magal, a mass religious festival of a powerful Sufi Muslim order, has raised fears of a potential superspreader event in Senegal's second-largest city.

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the First Intifada of 1987.

Israeli military concerned about fresh unrest in West Bank

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Israeli military concerned about fresh unrest in West Bank

Guaranteeing Israel's safety means having Palestinian stability, security officials have said.

Ex-wife of Dubai royal live streams father's 'abduction'

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Ex-wife of Dubai royal live streams father's 'abduction'

The father of a woman married to a UAE royal was abducted during a livestream online, the London-based Detained in Dubai organisation reported.

Doha talks could reshape Afghanistan, but peace not assured

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Doha talks could reshape Afghanistan, but peace not assured

US-backed talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban are major milestone in the 19-year conflict, but a peaceful outcome - or even a ...

Sarah Daoud

Gaza: De-escalation in exchange for health security

Comment: Negotiations between Hamas and Israel to de-escalate in exchange for providing medical aid to Gaza could contribute to further sidelining the Palestinian Authority, writes Sarah Daoud.

Malia Bouattia

International solidarity with Gaza must begin at home

Comment: As Israel confidently strikes Gaza with little international coverage or outrage, our responsibility is to apply pressure on complicit ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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.

Yousra Samir Imran

Desperate and trapped, Gaza's youth turn to suicide

Amid growing desperation, Gaza is in the grip of a suicide crisis.

Foreign workers struggle to <em>return</em> to UAE amid virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Foreign workers struggle to return to UAE amid virus

Despite plans to return an estimated 200,000 people to the UAE, the rules remain unclear, and many have had their applications rejected.

Ella Linskens

Mosques in England prepare to reopen for worshippers

As eager congregants return to their local mosques across England for the first time in months they can expect some major changes.

Trump's scheming tries to shield US, Israel from accountability

Josh Ruebner

Trump's scheming tries to shield US, Israel from accountability

Comment: Trump's attempt to sanction those investigating US and Israeli war crimes shows a callous willingness to put America and its allies ...

Jordan mosques reopen after 7-week closure

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Jordan mosques reopen after 7-week closure

Jordan is opening mosques after 11-weeks being closed due to Covid-19 concerns.

Oil price crash plunges Iraqi Kurdistan into crisis

Sofia Nitti

Oil price crash plunges Iraqi Kurdistan into crisis

A crash in oil prices has plunged Iraqi Kurdistan into economic crisis, with Baghdad's budget cuts adding to the region's financial woes.

Israel 'preparing for violence' as West Bank annexation looms

The New Arab

Israel 'preparing for violence' as West Bank annexation looms

Netanyahu has promised not to hesitate over the annexation of large parts of the West Bank.

Pranab Bardhan

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Comment: PM Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic failed India's poorest, with pitifully inadequate funds and an over-centralised response, writes Pranab Bardhan.

The New Arab & agencies

Israel's Netanyahu is going on trial for corruption

Netanyahu is Israel's longest serving prime minister, and has made history for becoming the country's first sitting leader to go on trial.

The New Arab

Syrian child killed by sniper as Aleppo refugees return

A child has been killed by sniper fire in Syria’s western Aleppo province as refugees returned to their homes following a period of extended ...

Ali Bakeer

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Middle East art goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic

Sahar Esfandiari

Middle East art goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic

Art institutions and galleries in the Middle East have moved online, creating digital spaces to connect and inspire people under lockdown.

The New Arab & agencies

Gaza opens Egypt crossing to returnees despite coronavirus concerns

One-way traffic into the coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing would be allowed for the coming four days, Gaza's interior ministry said on ...

Iran to restart 'low-risk' economic activities soon

The New Arab & agencies

Iran to restart 'low-risk' economic activities soon

Iran said it will allow "low-risk" economic activities to resume from April 11 as its daily coronavirus infection rates slowed for a fifth ...

Remembering Palestinian Land Day under lockdown

Yara Hawari

Remembering Palestinian Land Day under lockdown

Palestinians are marking Land Day under lockdown this year to commemorate their historic dispossession, as Israel continues to annex land ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: <em>March</em> 29

The New Arab & agencies

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: March 29

Syria and Qatar report their first coronavirus deaths, while Iranian authorities hunt for dozens of escaped prisoners in today's coronavirus ...

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