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Mosques, markets and non-essential shops will be closed and gatherings and celebrations banned, as the country battles with a severe Covid-19 surge.

A shared sense of community with 'NHS does Ramadan'

Diana Alghoul

A shared sense of community with 'NHS does Ramadan'

The NHS does Ramadan page is bringing the Muslim community in the British healthcare system together in a time of extreme isolation and pressure.

Mosques full while Pakistan's Covid wards at breaking point

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Mosques full while Pakistan's Covid wards at breaking point

Pakistan's mosques are full of worshippers despite a travel ban during Eid and far greater disruption to schools and other areas of life.

G7 seeks common front on China

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

G7 seeks common front on China

The G7 devoted its first session to China, with Blinken pledging 'robust cooperation' with Britain in pressuring Beijing's over its genocide of ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pakistan tightens borders as Covid-19 cases soar

Pakistan has crossed land crossings with Iran and Afghanistan as coronavirus cases surge.

The New Arab Staff

Covid-19 spread slowing in Lebanon, says health minister

The spread of Covid in Lebanon is beginning to slow, the country's health minister has said.

Yousif Nur

Beirut Jam Sessions: A musical oasis amongst national mayhem

Meshing local talent with revered regional names, Beirut Jam Sessions have forged new, sustainable pathways for Lebanon's music industry, as the ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia to jail people who 'intentionally' spread coronavirus

Expatriates found guilty of the crime will be deported and banned from entering Saudi Arabia again, the Public Prosecution said.

Ramadan book club: 15 must-read Muslim stories

Sumaiyya Naseem

Ramadan book club: 15 must-read Muslim stories

Struggling to pick your next book over Ramadan? The New Arab has compiled a guide of must-read Muslim stories from across the literary spectrum.

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Behind the wave of arson attacks targeting refugee camps

In-depth: The hardships of life in refugee camps during the pandemic have exacerbated tensions between residents, local populations and the ...

UK Home Office faces investigation into barracks housing refugees

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UK Home Office faces investigation into barracks housing refugees

Asylum seekers allegedly face issues with isolation, difficulty accessing legal and medical support, and almost no 'visible security measures'.

Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus

The Holy month of Ramadan has commenced, with millions of Muslims across the world observing the month-long fast.

EU pact reiterates shared commitment to keeping refugees out

Tommaso Segantini

EU pact reiterates shared commitment to keeping refugees out

Comment: The EU says it wants to help refugees, but the new pact reflects the same mindset of deterrence and dissuasion, focusing on border ...

Iran faces fourth Covid wave following Nowruz holiday

The New Arab Staff

Iran faces fourth Covid wave following Nowruz holiday

Iran is braced for a fourth coronavirus wave after millions of people travelled across the country for new years celebrations despite ...

Kamal Afzali

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women in the country powerfully reclaimed their right to sing.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Christians mark Good Friday as some holy sites reopen

Limited numbers of worshippers are able to celebrate Good Friday this year.

The New Arab Staff

Ramadan: Mecca mosque to be sanitised 10 times daily

The new measures were announced as Muslims prepare to begin the fasting month in mid-April.

Mo Salah under scrutiny after 'rule-breaking' photo with actress

The New Arab Staff

Mo Salah under scrutiny after 'rule-breaking' photo with actress

Egyptian actress Nouran Khalil said many other people had also asked for photos with the football star,

The New Arab Staff

Lebanon to reopen restaurants, gyms despite cases remaining high

The government hopes the reopening of most private businesses will help improve the deteriorating economic situation.

Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for lead actor Oscar

The New Arab Staff

Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for lead actor Oscar

Riz Ahmed plays a rock drummer who loses his hearing in the movie Sound of Metal.

Fauci: US weighs 3-foot <em>distancing</em> rule, a major change

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Fauci: US weighs 3-foot distancing rule, a major change

The top pandemic advisor said that authorities were considering cutting social distancing rules to three feet, a move that ...

Cultural initiative Nabad gives momentum back to cultural actors

Florence Massena

Cultural initiative Nabad gives momentum back to cultural actors

Organisations like Nabad wish to give artists and cultural institutes their spark back to help them go on with their projects and ideas post the ...

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