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Comment: For too long, Iran's leaders have neglected the oil-rich Khuzestan region, which provides an economic lifeline to the country, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

A crash in oil prices has plunged Iraqi Kurdistan into economic crisis, with Baghdad's budget cuts adding to the region's financial woes.

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Pranab Bardhan

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Comment: PM Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic failed India's poorest, with pitifully inadequate funds and an over-centralised response, writes Pranab Bardhan.

Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

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Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

Saleh Abdullah Kamel, founder of the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, died in a hospital at age 79.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

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Lebanon panic as 'apocalyptic' insects swarm homes

Small bugs and larger beetles swarmed homes in various Lebanese regions and caused alarm on Friday, though experts say the creatures are 'harmless'.

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Israeli government accessed Palestinians' cell phone data through app

Israel said it would change the terms of a cell phone app that provides digital services to Palestinians after rights groups criticised its ...

Ramona Wadi

Preserving the memory of the Nakba in Palestinian literature

Literature has always been a critical tool in communicating the Palestinian experience of exile and loss.

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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 ...

Morocco launches drones to fight coronavirus from the sky

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Morocco launches drones to fight coronavirus from the sky

Morocco is using imported and locally produced aerial drones to enforce lockdowns and issue warnings amid the coronavirus pandemic, although ...

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Egypt reopens slowly to revive coroanvirus-hit economy

Egypt has loosened a strict coronavirus curfew for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in an effort to kickstart the economy.

World Bank warns remittance payments to plunge amid Covid-19

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World Bank warns remittance payments to plunge amid Covid-19

Worldwide shutdowns are causing strain on developing countries who are losing a key source of their income.

Coronavirus will cost Tunisia's tourism '$1.4 billion' in revenues

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Coronavirus will cost Tunisia's tourism '$1.4 billion' in revenues

Tunisia's second-best sector will be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, slashing $1.4 billion in revenues and 400,000 jobs.

Millions may go hungry in Lebanon's virus lockdown: HRW

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Millions may go hungry in Lebanon's virus lockdown: HRW

In locked-down Lebanon, millions of residents may not be able to afford food or necessities, after the economic crisis already left many without ...

UK's coronavirus response forces most vulnerable to shoulder burden

Malia Bouattia

UK's coronavirus response forces most vulnerable to shoulder burden

Comment: UK communities of colour are propping up the stay-at-home privileged class, and putting themselves at risk in the process, writes Malia ...

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Syrian's self-immolation highlights refugees' woes during Lebanon's coronavirus outbreak

In Lebanon, the majority of Syrian refugees were already living below the poverty line. New coronavirus restrictions unfairly targeting refugees now further curtail their livelihoods.

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Iranian ex-ambassador becomes seventh official to die from coronavirus

Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to Iran’s foreign minister, has died aged 68 from the novel coronavirus, which has spread to over 4700 Iranian ...

Zeidon Alkinani

Erdogan and Putin will remain forever 'frenemies'

Comment: The Syrian conflict showcases the cyclical nature of Moscow and Ankara's volatile and complex relationship, writes Zeidon AlKinani.

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Hezbollah opposes bid to legalise medical marijuana in Lebanon

Lebanese parliament's joint committee approved legalising cannabis cultivation for medical purposes.

Questions raised about China's anti-locust 'duck army'

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Questions raised about China's anti-locust 'duck army'

A Chinese newspaper had claimed that 100,000 ducks will be sent from eastern province of Zhejiang to Pakistan to fight locust infestation.

Narjas Zatat

How the Middle East is dealing with coronavirus

As the coronavirus sweeps across the Middle East, Arab countries are scrambling to contain it.

Is Saudi disinterest in Kashmir due to business interests?

Sabena Siddiqui

Is Saudi disinterest in Kashmir due to business interests?

Stopping short of completely ignoring the situation in the Kashmir Valley since the Indian government completely scrapped its special status, ...

Palestinians welcome UN's blacklisting of companies operating in settlements

Yousef Alhelou

Palestinians welcome UN's blacklisting of companies operating in settlements

The UN released a list of companies complicit in violating Palestinian human rights, in the first-ever international attempt to name and shame ...

Who are the 112 companies complicit in Israel's settlements?

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Who are the 112 companies complicit in Israel's settlements?

The list released by the UN human rights office is the first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses connected to Israel's ...

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