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A hashtag calling for Lebanese people to get vaccines before refugees has sparked renewed debate in Lebanon about racism, prejudice, and the right to medical care.

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

Struggling Syria farmers turn to tropical fern for fodder

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Struggling Syria farmers turn to tropical fern for fodder

Syrians farmers are turning to a southeast Asian plant to feed livestock as animal fodder prices skyrocket.

British women, children held in 'barbaric' Syria camps: report

The New Arab Staff

British women, children held in 'barbaric' Syria camps: report

A report has exposed the 'barbaric' conditions British women and children are kept in in Syria.

Biden and the Eastern Mediterranean: Greek optimism, Turkish caution

Eva J. Koulouriotis

Biden and the Eastern Mediterranean: Greek optimism, Turkish caution

Analysis: With Greece seeking a more active role from Biden in the Aegean Sea, Turkey could find itself constrained by the president-elect.

Sam Hamad

Assad's sham refugee conference marks dark 50-years of regime

Comment: Displaced Syrian refugees know all too well that 'reconstruction' can never happen under the grip of a Russian-backed Assad regime, writes Sam Hamad.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrian refugee 'sets himself ablaze' in Lebanon

A Syrian refugee in Lebanon set himself on fire near the UN's refugee agency reception center in Beirut.

Mohamad Karkas

Assad's assault on Idlib's schools

Destruction, displacement, a financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic have posed intractable challenges to Idlib's education system. But its ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria fires ravage livelihoods ahead of harvest

Sweeping forest fires ravaged parts of Syria over the weekend, deeply impacting thousands of locals.

Syria limits subsidised bread as economic crisis worsens

The New Arab Staff

Syria limits subsidised bread as economic crisis worsens

Syrian families larger than six are at risk of starvation after a government decision limited access to subsidised bread amid an ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria releases employees of under-fire tycoon Makhlouf

Dozens of current and former employees of President Bashar al-Assad's embattled billionaire cousin Rami Makhlouf have been released.

WFP warns 2.2 million more Syrians risk hunger

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

WFP warns 2.2 million more Syrians risk hunger

The World Food Programme on Monday warned more than 2 million Syrians risk joining the fast swelling ranks of the hungry and poor in the ...

Syria's Assad tasks caretaker PM to form new government

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria's Assad tasks caretaker PM to form new government

Hussein Arnous was appointed caretaker prime minister in June and has now been tasked with forming a new cabinet.

Rihanna calls on fans to donate to Lebanon

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Rihanna calls on fans to donate to Lebanon

The Barbadian singer and beauty mogul directed fans towards fundraisers for the Save the Children and Impact Lebanon.

Beirut Explosion: Here are 5 organisations on the ground

Narjas Zatat

Beirut Explosion: Here are 5 organisations on the ground

A number of organisations have responded to Beirut's tragic explosion with an influx of volunteers, fundraising and support.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly rising poverty - with a pandemic on top of that.

The New Arab Staff

EDL founder Tommy Robinson 'flees the UK for Spain'

The EDL embarked on protests against Muslim groups in the UK and was jailed for contempt of court.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Banksy triptych raises $3 million for Palestinian hospital

A Palestinian hospital in the occupied West Bank is set to receive a large donation, after British street artist Banksy raised nearly $3 million ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In crisis-hit Lebanon, will French-language schools survive?

The country's worst economic crisis in decades has left French schools in Lebanon battling to stay afloat as parents struggle to pay fees.

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Heavy rains and reduced violence in parts of the country this year have led to a much improved harvest.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Damascus blasts Syria donor conference

"Syria denounces such conferences, which are considered a blatant interference in Syria's internal affairs."

The future of international aid in sanctions-hit Syria

Gasia Ohanes

The future of international aid in sanctions-hit Syria

As global donors hold a virtual meeting to pledge funds for Syria's humanitarian crisis, aid workers warn operating in the war-torn country is ...

UN to call for $10 billion aid for Syrians

The New Arab Staff

UN to call for $10 billion aid for Syrians

The UN is looking to raise $10 billion this year to assist war-affected people inside and outside Syria, in a crunch conference in Brussels.

Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

The move comes as part of an ongoing dispute between Assad and his cousin, Rami Makhlouf.

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