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Televised and online services replaced the usually packed-out Orthodox Easter congregations across Eastern Europe and the Middle East as coronavirus lockdowns persist.

In today's roundup: Orthodox Easter celebrated at home, UK criticised over ethnic minority Covid-19 deaths, Iranians permitted not to fast over Ramadan while prisoners are granted extra furlough.

Israel's former chief rabbi dies of coronavirus

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Israel's former chief rabbi dies of coronavirus

Israel's former chief rabbi Eliahou Bakshi-Doron, who was known for promoting interfaith dialogue, died Sunday of the new coronavirus, the Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem said.

In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians mark a sombre Easter

The New Arab & agencies

In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians mark a sombre Easter

In the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, roads are deserted and most shops have been closed for two weeks.

Egypt postpones new administrative capital move over coronavirus

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt postpones new administrative capital move over coronavirus

Postponing the move to the new capital is a major blow to a project personally conceived of by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, which ...

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11 countries considering ceasefire in wake of COVID pandemic

The UN has announced that 11 countries are considering a ceasefire in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pope joins chorus of condemnation against Trump’s Mideast Plan

Pope Francis has called Donald Trump's Middle East plan 'unfair' to Palestinians.

The New Arab & agencies

South Sudan rivals form unity government

Rivals Salva Kiir and Riek Machar inaugurated the new unity government, declaring an 'official end' to war despite previous efforts having ...

The New Arab

Turkey opens new military base in Idlib

Turkey opened a military base overlooking a village captured by the Syrian army, according to The New Arab, while the regime continued to make ...

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

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Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Sisi has long crafted an image as the protector of Coptic Christians, a community trapped between the state and society with protection from ...

The New Arab & agencies

Son of prominent South Africa Muslim preacher shot

The son of one of South Africa's most prominent Muslim preachers is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot outside a courthouse.

'Tolerant' UAE revokes citizenship of dissidents' families: HRW

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'Tolerant' UAE revokes citizenship of dissidents' families: HRW

The government of the oil-rich Gulf state has revoked the citizenship of 19 relatives of two dissidents.

Christmas is cancelled in Baghdad... in solidarity with protesters

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Christmas is cancelled in Baghdad... in solidarity with protesters

Christian leaders have cancelled Christmas celebrations in the streets of Baghdad in support of anti-government protests.

Iraqi Christians cancel Christmas celebrations in solidarity with protests

The New Arab

Iraqi Christians cancel Christmas celebrations in solidarity with protests

The goodwill gesture comes amid mass rallies that have rocked Iraq's capital and southern cities, which been met with violence by security ...

US condemns 'excessive' use of force in Iraq

The New Arab

US condemns 'excessive' use of force in Iraq

David Schenker, US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, has condemned the killing of at least 29 demonstrators in Nasiriyah, ...

The New Arab

Pope slams Iraq's 'harsh' crackdown on anti-government protesters

The Pope, who expressed his intentions to visit Iraq next year, said he was praying for those killed in the country.

The New Arab & agencies

Fragment of Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem

After more than a millennium’s absence, a tiny wooden fragment claimed to have been from the manger where Jesus was born was given back to ...

The New Arab

Pope Francis urges justice for 'martyred' Iraq protesters

Pope Francis urged Iraqi authorities to find 'fair solutions' after a violent crackdown on anti-corruption protesters, saying his ...

The New Arab & agencies

Pope calls for dialogue in Lebanon following protests

Pope Francis urged dialogue in Lebanon on Sunday after days of sweeping protests against the political class.

Trump, Modi unite against 'Islamic radical terrorism' in rally

The New Arab & agencies

Trump, Modi unite against 'Islamic radical terrorism' in rally

Trump and Modi united in a rally in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans where they expressed a commitment to defeating 'radical ...

The New Arab & agencies

'Tolerant' UAE to build first ever Jewish synagogue

The UAE has announced plans to build its first synagogue by the year 2022, in an effort to promote a ‘tolerant’ image amid criticism of its ...

Italy to let migrants disembark after EU sharing deal

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Italy to let migrants disembark after EU sharing deal

Italy's anti-immigrant deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said he would allow the migrants rescued last week and held on a coastguard boat to ...

Ship carrying refugees stuck in Italy port

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Ship carrying refugees stuck in Italy port

An Italian coastguard ship carrying 130 migrants has been allowed to dock in the Sicilian port of Augusta, but Rome refused to let them ...

Zarif: Iran 'does not seek confrontation' with Britain

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Zarif: Iran 'does not seek confrontation' with Britain

Iran does not seek confrontation with Britain amid a row over seized tanker ships, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

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