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In today's roundup: Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy dies after contracting the COVID-19, Iran and Morocco report new record one-day virus death toll and the Gulf sees a spike in infections.

Ragaa el-Geddawy has died of coronavirus, flooding tributes across the world.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader buried in Damascus

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader buried in Damascus

Ramadan Shallah was buried following the afternoon prayers in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus.

Five Middle East series to watch under lockdown

Narjas Zatat

Five Middle East series to watch under lockdown

With many countries still under lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, being stuck at home can take its toll. Here are some shows to alleviate ...

Yemen in Focus: War hinders Yemen's battle against coronavirus

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Yemen in Focus: War hinders Yemen's battle against coronavirus

This week we focus on Yemen's ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Houthi calls to liberate Mecca and a positive Eid story from Yemen.

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Saudi Ramadan TV drama criticised for pro-Israel content

Another Ramadan TV drama from Saudi Arabia has invited scrutiny

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Egyptian actor apologises after 'Kuwait flag' sneakers cause uproar

An Egyptian star apologised after his sneakers caused outrage among Kuwaitis, who were offended by the colour resemblance to the Kuwaiti flag.

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Egypt outraged at ‘illegal’ Israeli broadcast of TV series

Israeli TV channel have broadcast two Egyptian television series provoking outrage across the Arab world and statements from the ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Egypt eases its lockdown to kickstart its economy, Morocco's increasing use of drones to enforce coronavirus measures raises human rights ...

Germany asks Turkey to keep coronavirus donation a secret

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Germany asks Turkey to keep coronavirus donation a secret

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass asked Ankara to conceal the delivery of 2 million masks to the North Rhine-Westphalia.

Carmen Geha

Corruption, not coronavirus, is ravaging Lebanon

Comment: Lebanon's inept government officials and violent security forces should be seen as the real virus of our times, writes Carmen Geha.

Calls to cancel Egyptian <em>Ramadan</em> show after 'torture' prank

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Calls to cancel Egyptian Ramadan show after 'torture' prank

Popular prank show 'Ramez Magnoun Rasmy' has come under fire after a 'psychological torture' skit.

Leading Pakistani cleric ridiculed for blaming coronavirus on women

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Leading Pakistani cleric ridiculed for blaming coronavirus on women

Maulana Tariq Jameel, a senior member of the Tablighi Jamaat missionary group, has been criticized for saying women who dress immodestly are ...

Egypt pulls underwear ad over 'indecent' content

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Egypt pulls underwear ad over 'indecent' content

A Ramadan TV advert was pulled after just two days due to complaints over its 'indecent' content.

Pakistan PM requests special <em>Ramadan</em> broadcast of Turkish series

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Pakistan PM requests special Ramadan broadcast of Turkish series

Pakistan's prime minister has personally requested the broadcast of television series 'Dirilis: Ertugrul', which is known as the Turkish 'Game ...

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Israel slams Egyptian show predicting destruction of Jewish state

Israel has slammed as 'unacceptable' the prediction of its demise in an Egyptian television series that has aired despite a peace treaty with Cairo.

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Syrian regime ends school year early over coronavirus fears

More than four million students in Syria confined at home due to the coronavirus will not resume classes this year but will advance to the next ...

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Ramadan 2020: Keeping the faith in times of adversity

The New Arab curates the best Ramadan 2020 content in celebration of the holy Muslim month.

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Top Ramadan TV soaps to watch under coronavirus lockdown

Not sure which Ramadan soaps to watch? Here are The New Arab's pick of this year's top 10 best Ramadan soaps.

Lebanon prepares for muted <em>Ramadan</em> celebrations under coronavirus lockdown

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon prepares for muted Ramadan celebrations under coronavirus lockdown

Muslims in Lebanon are preparing for muted Ramadan celebrations amid a nationwide lockdown, but many are viewing it as an opportunity ...

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Lebanon Ramadan series completes filming despite coronavirus lockdown measures

A Lebanese Ramadan television series successfully wrapped up filming amid an industry plagued by coronavirus-era interruptions

Has Iraq passed its coronavirus peak?

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Has Iraq passed its coronavirus peak?

Iraq has reported a decrease in the number of coronavirus cases for three days in a row, a sign it could be emerging from the epidemic.

Saudi health official suggests coronavirus will impact <em>Ramadan</em>, Eid

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Saudi health official suggests coronavirus will impact Ramadan, Eid

A Saudi health ministry spokesman appeared to suggest the country's COVID-19 outbreak could last beyond Ramadan and Eid-Al-Fitr.

Cut! Coronavirus pegs back <em>Ramadan</em> soaps

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Cut! Coronavirus pegs back Ramadan soaps

Many countries in the Middle East have imposed tough restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic, forcing studios to shut down temporarily ...

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