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Bhasan Char may be more 'comfortable' than the mainland, but for some it is nothing more than a deceptive facade making survival a life or death situation, writes Anu Shukla.

A Colombian businessman was carrying a letter from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accrediting him to Iran's supreme leader, according to a new court filing.

Virus mutes New Year's revelries as 2020 ends

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Virus mutes New Year's revelries as 2020 ends

As midnight rolled from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, the New Year's experience mirrored national responses to the virus itself.

Bangladesh moves more Rohingya to controversial <em>island</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Bangladesh moves more Rohingya to controversial island

Just under 1,000 Rohingya refugees were in the latest batch heading for Bhashan Char, an isolated flood-prone island, described by ...

Inheriting an Arab American citizenship

Zaina Ujayli

Inheriting an Arab American citizenship

Comment: Contrary to Trump's claims, Arab and Muslim Americans have centuries-long experience of fighting to be included in US society, just ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Cyprus singer shines spotlight on refugees

Cypriot singer Alexia Vassiliou remembers her life as a refugee.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Two huge Beirut explosions kill 73, injure thousands

Bloodied and dazed wounded stumbled among the debris, glass shards and burning buildings in central Beirut as the health ministry reported late ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Greece extends migrant camp lockdown despite criticism

Greece has faced backlash after it extended a migrant camp lockdown.

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part III

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

Qatar musicians give balcony gig to banish virus blues

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar musicians give balcony gig to banish virus blues

Those within earshot of the musical neighbours have been treated to renditions of numbers including Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love ...

Florence Massena

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged ...

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

Florence Massena

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged ...

Egypt awaits: Will Friday see huge anti-Sisi protests?

The New Arab

Egypt awaits: Will Friday see huge anti-Sisi protests?

In-depth: Egyptian contractor Mohammed Ali has exposed huge government waste and corruption angering Egyptians. This week he has called for a ...

Iraqi poets face threats for criticising government corruption

Afrah Shawqi

Iraqi poets face threats for criticising government corruption

Many Iraqi poets have been using their words to criticise the government and political parties over corruption, lack of services and the absence ...

<em>Love</em> <em>Island</em> Belle's Turkish dad threatens to kidnap boyfriend

The New Arab

Love Island Belle's Turkish dad threatens to kidnap boyfriend

Tamer Hassan has threatened to kidnap Scottish Love Island contender Anton if he breaks his daughter's heart.

The New Arab

Iranian woman joins Love Island, Britain's hottest reality show

From marriage pressure to having 'ridiculously' high standards: British-Iranain Love Island contestant Anna Vakili spoke to many fellow Middle Eastern girls watching the show.

The New Arab & agencies

UN slams Brunei's anti-gay law as violation of rights

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticised Brunei's new anti-gay law and says he stands with people to "love ...

The New Arab & agencies

Teenagers protest against Valentine's day in Muslim-majority Indonesia

Teenagers protested against Valentine's day, holding posters with phrases such as "Sorry Valentine’s Day, I am Muslim," and chanting "Say no to ...

Malia Bouattia

Stop whitewashing #MyDubai

Comment: To celebrate the Dubai's skyscrapers, is to condone the abuse of those who built them, writes Malia Bouattia.

MbS: The new Saddam of Arabia?

Emile Nakhleh

MbS: The new Saddam of Arabia?

Comment: Saddam's arrogance of power and obsession with regional leadership ultimately led to his downfall. Saudi Arabia's MbS might be heading ...

Florence Massena

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

The New Arab Meets: An all-woman metal band breaking norms in Lebanon with a new sound. Florence Massena speaks to the women behind the music.

Lindsay Lohan stakes claim to 'Lebanon' after Dubai deal

The New Arab

Lindsay Lohan stakes claim to 'Lebanon' after Dubai deal

As well as designing her own UAE off-shore haven, the star is making designs to Dubai's 'Lebanon' island for her luxury getaway empire.

The abusive NGO with a stranglehold on refugees' lives

Matt Broomfield

The abusive NGO with a stranglehold on refugees' lives

Investigation: Refugees on Lesvos say volunteers use promises of food, clothes and WiFi to coerce the vulnerable into converting to ...

Gay community in Indonesia targeted by pre-marital sex ban

The New Arab

Gay community in Indonesia targeted by pre-marital sex ban

Indonesia seeks to push forward a draft law clamping down on sex outside marriage, stoking fears for Indonesia's LGBT community.

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