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In today's roundup: Iran launches 'corona police' force to enforce lockdown as health minister says "one in five" may have been infected.

A police force designed to keep citizens off the streets in Iran's 'red zone' - Abadan City - has been launched, as the Covid-19 toll continues to rise.

Syrian 'torturers' switched sides, German court hears

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian 'torturers' switched sides, German court hears

Anwar Raslan, who oversaw one of Syria's most notorious prisons, told a German court that he had defected from the regime and fled Syria to join the opposition in exile.

Asia's Muslims brace for Ramadan in shadow of coronavirus

Shan. A. Zain

Asia's Muslims brace for Ramadan in shadow of coronavirus

This year millions of Muslims across the world are facing a Ramadan like never before, as communal and cultural events are disrupted by the ...

India's coronavirus outbreak unmasks the ugly face of Islamophobia

Shan. A. Zain

India's coronavirus outbreak unmasks the ugly face of Islamophobia

The Covid-19 outbreak has stoked vile Islamophobia in India, with right-wing extremists accusing Muslims of deliberately spreading the virus to ...

The New Arab

Saudis implicated in phone spying campaign in US

Riyadh has been accused of exploiting weaknesses in the global telecoms network to track the locations of its citizens abroad.

Shan. A. Zain

Is Afghanistan on the brink of Middle-East proxy war?

As the US seeks to remove troops from Afghanistan, will the country become another battleground for regional rivals, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and ...

Shan. A. Zain

Modi's anti-Muslim moves threaten unholy alliance between India-Arab allies

India's Modi faces the challenging task of navigating an unfamiliar and tricky geo-political situation in order to keep intact the close ...

Sarah Khalil

Four must-watch MENA films from the Venice Film Festival

Four films from the region to look out for at this year's Venice film festival.

The lawyer who is suing Sudan's internet providers

Zeinab Mohammed Salih

The lawyer who is suing Sudan's internet providers

Khartoum-based lawyer Abdelazim al-Hassan filed a case against a blockade imposed on mobile internet services in the wake of a brutal crackdown ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan court orders end to nationwide internet blackout

A court in Sudan on Tuesday ordered telecommunications company Zain to restore internet services in the country, more than a month ...

Saudi rights official says 'search maids' for black magic

The New Arab

Saudi rights official says 'search maids' for black magic

The rights official defended families' 'legitimate right' to hire professional maid inspectors, in case domestic workers steal items to use in ...

'Flights grounded' in Khartoum after Sudan sit-in massacre

The New Arab

'Flights grounded' in Khartoum after Sudan sit-in massacre

Flights from Khartoum International Airport have been grounded following the violent dispersal of a sit-in, with protesters pointing to the ...

Rights groups call for Sudan's Omar al-Bashir ICC extradition

The New Arab

Rights groups call for Sudan's Omar al-Bashir ICC extradition

Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoum’s Kobar prison amid calls from human rights groups to hand him over to the ...

Labaki shines spotlight on Lebanese cinema despite Oscar loss

Sarah Khalil

Labaki shines spotlight on Lebanese cinema despite Oscar loss

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki fell short on taking home an Oscar for her film 'Capernaum', but critics say the nomination put Lebanese cinema ...

The New Arab

Sudan arrests opposition leaders to halt anti-government march

Sudanese security forces on Thursday arrested more than 10 opposition leaders in an attempt to halt a procession to the presidential palace calling on Bashir to step down.

The New Arab

Celebrated Lebanese film Capernaum nominated for foreign language Oscar

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum was nominated on Tuesday for the Foreign Language Oscar.

The New Arab

Celebrated Lebanese film Capernaum shortlisted for foreign language Oscar

Nadine Labaki's film about a young Syrian refugee in a Lebanese slum is in the running for another prestigious prize.

The New Arab

Saudi telecoms companies agree new royalty fees and investment

Three major Saudi telecoms companies have agreed to change royalty fees to the government.

Capharnaüm: Tackling child abuse in Lebanon through film

Florence Massena

Capharnaüm: Tackling child abuse in Lebanon through film

From child labour, to physical and emotional abuse, cruelty, early marriage, statelessness and even racism, Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize ...

Catherine Cartier

Bilal al-Zain: Using calligraphy to communicate a message

The New Arab Meets: Calligraphy artist, Bilal al-Zain, who believes in the importance of words and using calligraphy to communicate a ...

Kashmir: Waking up to the end of Ramadan

Aijaz Nazir

Kashmir: Waking up to the end of Ramadan

In pictures: Traditions run deep in Kashmir during Ramadan and at Eid, despite the deadly ongoing conflict. Words by Aijaz Nazir, photos by ...

Mr President: Our iftar will be in Jerusalem

The New Arab

Mr President: Our iftar will be in Jerusalem

Zain's latest Ramadan video, which shows a young boy's message to world leaders, has gone viral.

Seven Palestinian journalists shot by Israeli troops in Gaza

The New Arab

Seven Palestinian journalists shot by Israeli troops in Gaza

Among the hundreds of Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire during Monday's protests at the Gaza border were seven journalists, the Committee ...

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