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Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, who became the lead judge in Saddam Hussein's trial for genocide, has died of coronavirus complications in a Baghdad hospital aged 52.

The New Arab's picks for the best of Middle Eastern films and TV series from a difficult year.

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and sectarian persecution.

Iran energy minister in Baghdad over trade dispute

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran energy minister in Baghdad over trade dispute

Iraqi and Iranian officials are attempting to mend a rift between the two countries over energy supplies.

Pro-normalisation 'Bahraini, Emirati influencers' praise Israel's army as 'heroic'

The New Arab Staff

Pro-normalisation 'Bahraini, Emirati influencers' praise Israel's army as 'heroic'

An interview between a popular Israeli blogger and two influential Emirati and Bahraini figures prompted fierce criticism online, after the ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi surgeon dies of heart attack inside operating theatre

Colleagues of Mahdi El-Emary convinced him to undergo an ECG after the surgeon complained of abdominal pain and showed signs of fatigue.

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The Israeli foreign exchange companies scamming Gulf investors

An investigation by The New Arab's Arabic-language service reveals that Israeli foreign exchange companies are using young Palestinian-Israelis ...

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Yemen in Focus: Soon-to-be-released detainees dying in Houthi prisons

This week we focus on abductees dying in Houthi prisons, a damning UN report revealing grave violations against children and more.

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Northeast Syria families say Turkey cut their water

Repeated interruptions to Hasakeh's water supplies have put locals at greater risk of contacting the coronavirus.

#SayTheirNames: The victims of Beirut blasts

The New Arab Staff

#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 ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran demands UN hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran described the interception of a passenger plane by US fighter jets in Syria last month as 'unlawful' and 'adventuristic', calling on the UN ...

Muslim pilgrims perform last rites of hajj in Mecca

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 ...

Hosting limited hajj required 'double efforts': Saudi king

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hosting limited hajj required 'double efforts': Saudi king

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

Saudi authorities place influential Yemeni cleric under house arrest

The New Arab Staff

Saudi authorities place influential Yemeni cleric under house arrest

Saudi Arabia has placed Sheikh Abdul Majid Al-Zindani, an influential Yemeni cleric, with ties to the Islamist Islah party, ...

Ailing Saudi king chairs cabinet meeting from hospital

The New Arab Staff

Ailing Saudi king chairs cabinet meeting from hospital

The 84-year-old Saudi king chaired a cabinet meeting via a video conference from hospital after his was taken in for gall bladder problems.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Coronavirus tracking projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

The UAE has started using its 'Oyoon' surveillance system to monitor coronavirus en masse, but many believe the technology created and data collected will be used in service of authoritarianism

Amr Salahi

Zanzibar's forgotten legacy of slavery and ethnic cleansing

The 1964 mass killings in Zanzibar and the slavery which preceded them highlight uncomfortable issues about Arab-African relations at a time ...

The New Arab & agencies

Foreigners on frontlines of pandemic in Gulf states

Healthcare workers from Egypt and South Asia are battling coronavirus in parts of the Gulf.

The New Arab & agencies

Riyadh creates new tourism, sports, investment ministries

Saudi Arabia now has separate ministries for tourism, sports and investment, authorities confirmed on Tuesday, as the kingdom attempts to ...

Sudan appoints new intelligence chief after crushing mutiny

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan appoints new intelligence chief after crushing mutiny

Five people were killed when agents from the intelligence agency's former military wing rebelled over their severance pay.

The New Arab

Qasem Soleimani killing was 'self-defence', US tells UN

According to the UN Charter, states are permitted to respond in self-defence.

A decade in photos: Images that moved the world

Sarah Khalil

A decade in photos: Images that moved the world

The New Arab puts together some of the most iconic photographs emerging from the region between 2010 and 2019. Some images may be distressing.

Challenges to resolving the GCC crisis

Khalil E. Jahshan

Challenges to resolving the GCC crisis

Comment: The trust deficit caused by the blockade won't be restored automatically just because a political decision was reached by the ...

Saudi claims it released citizens arrested last month

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi claims it released citizens arrested last month

An anonymous Saudi official said 11 citizens detained last month have been released and that although they haven't been indicted, charges could ...

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