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Political prisoners in Egypt have been prohibited from receiving specific food, including fruits and bread, from their visiting families, according to a new report.

UN urges Egypt to remove activists from ‘terrorist’ list

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UN urges Egypt to remove activists from ‘terrorist’ list

Ramy Shaath and Zyad El-Elaimy were arrested in June 2019 and added to an Egyptian terrorism list in April 2020 “without evidence”.

Prisoners of conscience suffer in Egypt's 'horrid prisons': Amnesty

The New Arab Staff

Prisoners of conscience suffer in Egypt's 'horrid prisons': Amnesty

To mark 10 years since the uprising in Egypt, Amnesty International released a report detailing the human rights abuses occurring in the ...

2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

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MENA's top films and TV series of 2020

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

Eldar Mamedov

The EU should stop coddling Middle East dictators

Comment: The EU's double standard when it comes to 'friendly authoritarians' like Sisi undermines its credibility and weakens the promotion of ...

The New Arab Staff

European Parliament petition urges end to Gaza siege

24 MEPs signed a petition calling on Israel to end its blockade on Gaza, and warning of a "catastrophic" coronavirus health emergency if medical ...

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian bodybuilder crowned Mr Olympia 2020

Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay was crowned Mr Olmypia, winning a $400,000 cheque and becoming the second Arab in history to be recognised ...

A decade of upheaval, lost hopes after Arab Spring

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A decade of upheaval, lost hopes after Arab Spring

From a time after 2011, the surge towards the dreams of the Arab Spring seemed irreversible. Now they are further than ever.

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Macron urged to pressure Sisi during Paris visit

Egyptian President Sisi is due to visit Paris to meet his French counterpart Macron on Sunday, amid protests by rights groups over a continued ...

The soundtrack of the Arab uprisings in 10 songs

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The soundtrack of the Arab uprisings in 10 songs

Few of the pro-democracy protesters who took the Middle East by storm in 2011 had a flag to raise or leader to follow. But all had a song to ...

US senators urge Egypt to release detained Coptic activist

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US senators urge Egypt to release detained Coptic activist

Senators Thom Tills and Chris Coons have called on Egypt to release Ramy Kamel or give him a free and fair trial.

Palestinians angered by PA's restoration of Israel security agreement

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Palestinians angered by PA's restoration of Israel security agreement

Social media users have slammed the decision a 'humiliation' for the Palestinian people.

France FM in Egypt affirms 'deep respect for Islam'

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France FM in Egypt affirms 'deep respect for Islam'

Jean-Yves Le Drian met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and will also meet Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of ...

Gaia Caramazza

How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

With same-sex relations criminalised in Tunisia, the queer community is usually forced to live in the shadows - but now an influencer is endangering their safety.

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Lebanon service sector says will rebel against lockdown

A Lebanese service industry syndicate head has said the industry will ignore a government-imposed lockdown.

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Beirut blast wreaks havoc on businesses, leaving hundreds unemployed

The Beirut explosion has destroyed businesses that managed to withstand the country's economic crisis.

The New Arab Staff

Actor Amr Waked 'cured' after contracting coronavirus

Egyptian actor Amr Waked said that he and his son have now thankfully recovered from coronavirus.

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Jan-Peter Westad

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Fears grow for political prisoners in Egypt's jails as Covid-19 spreads amid deplorable conditions.

A joint call from Arab intellectuals and personalities

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

Comment: An open letter from more than 150 personalities from the Arab world, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ...

Detained Egyptian filmmaker died from 'alcohol poisoning', government claims

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Detained Egyptian filmmaker died from 'alcohol poisoning', government claims

An investigation into the death of detained filmmaker Shady Habash last week has been blamed on alcohol poisoning.

Death no. 1005: Shady Habash

Ahmed Mefreh

Death no. 1005: Shady Habash

Comment: Appalling detention conditions and deliberate medical negligence are killing thousands in Egyptian jails, writes Ahmed Mefreh.

Egypt arbitrarily extends pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants

The New Arab

Egypt arbitrarily extends pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants

Amnesty said Egypt had flouted basic due process guarantees by citing the Covid-19 pandemic to extend the pre-trial detention of over 1,600 ...

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