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The trial of the popular Saudi cleric has been postponed on at least eight occasions since his detention in 2017.

Comment: Some Gulf states are looking to capitalise on coronavirus and prioritise jobs for citizens, but expatriate flight is problematic, writes Courtney Freer.

Pandemics and profiteers: Middle East medical suppliers and Covid-19

Kamal Afzali

Pandemics and profiteers: Middle East medical suppliers and Covid-19

In poor economies in the Middle East, surging consumer demands for face masks, protective gear and hand sanitiser have led to a bustling black market trade, full of questionable goods.

Verdict in trial of Saudi cleric 'due on Thursday'

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Verdict in trial of Saudi cleric 'due on Thursday'

Prominent Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah is reportedly facing the death sentence, as is fellow jailed cleric Awad al-Qarni, also ...

Saudi Arabia is open for business, not political activism

Courtney Freer

Saudi Arabia is open for business, not political activism

Comment: More arrests in Saudi Arabia signal that the crown prince only has eyes for an economic agenda, as political space continues to ...

The New Arab

Verdict delayed in trial of jailed Saudi cleric

Sheikh Salman al-Awdah was among 20 people, including writers and journalists, arrested in September 2017 as part of a crackdown on dissent in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

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Saudi Arabia postpones death penalty hearing for reformist cleric

Saudi Arabia has postponed a hearing where cleric Salman Al-Awdah was likely to be sentenced to death until December. The charges ...

The New Arab

Amnesty International 'gravely concerned' prominent cleric will be executed

Reformist cleric Salman al-Awdah may face the death penalty in what Amnesty is calling a ‘sham trial’ after he campaigned for a more ...

The New Arab

'Deliberate medical neglect' kills jailed Saudi cleric

A Saudi cleric who was arrested last year has died days after his release as a result of alleged medical neglect suffered while in detention.

#FreedomFlotilla: Israel stops 'medicine packed' <em>al</em>-<em>Awda</em> boat entering Gaza

The New Arab & agencies

#FreedomFlotilla: Israel stops 'medicine packed' al-Awda boat entering Gaza

After hoping the flotilla would reach the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli naval forces have blocked the al-Awda boat from ...

The New Arab & agencies

SOS message: 'Israel kidnapped participants of Freedom Flotilla'

Israeli naval forces have blocked the al-Awda flotilla boat from reaching the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

Freedom Flotilla edging closer to besieged Gaza

The New Arab

Freedom Flotilla edging closer to besieged Gaza

The Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the brutal siege on Gaza could arrive as early as Sunday, activists say.

AFP photographer shot as Israel kills more Gaza protesters

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AFP photographer shot as Israel kills more Gaza protesters

Mohammed Abed al-Baba, who has worked for AFP in Gaza since 2000, said he was shot in the leg while wearing a clearly identified press ...

Meet the 85-year-old trying to break the Gaza siege

The New Arab

Meet the 85-year-old trying to break the Gaza siege

Barbara, an 85-year-old obstetrician from California, has joined the Freedom Flotilla to deliver aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel's sea barrier to further isolate besieged Gaza

The New Arab

Israel's sea barrier to further isolate besieged Gaza

Israel began building a sea barrier off the Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv announced on Sunday, further isolating the besieged Gaza enclave.

The New Arab

Freedom Flotilla ‘prepared for everything’ despite facing German harassment

Freedom Flotilla organisers say they are stuck on German waters as port authorities refuse to let them dock.

The New Arab & agencies

'Freedom Flotilla' arrives in Denmark ahead of Gaza journey

A new four-ship Freedom Flotilla has set sail for the Gaza Strip to challenge Israel's decade-old blockade of the besieged territory.

Mohammed Moussa

#GreatReturnMarch organisers call for 'Friday of Rebellious Youth'

In-depth: Undeterred by Israeli violence, Great Return March protesters in Gaza are planning to uproot the border fence itself, reports Mohammed ...

Diana Alghoul

UN giving 'green light' to Riyadh's human rights abuses

The international community must take a stand against Saudi Arabia's arbitrary detentions and disappearances, rights lawyer Rodney Dixon QC ...

Saudi Arabia 'must be suspended from Human Rights Council'

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia 'must be suspended from Human Rights Council'

Legal campaigners Lord Ken Macdonald QC and Rodney Dixon QC maintain Riyadh's arbitrary detentions and torture are a matter for international ...

The New Arab

Saudi cleric hospitalised after five months in solitary confinement

Awda was arrested after posting a tweet welcoming reports of a possible reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He has now been ...

UN rights experts condemn Saudi Arabia's repression of activists

The New Arab

UN rights experts condemn Saudi Arabia's repression of activists

Rights experts at the United Nations have condemned Saudi Arabia's crackdown on rights activists, decrying a "worrying pattern of widespread and ...

Syrian opposition forms 23-member delegation for talks with regime

The New Arab

Syrian opposition forms 23-member delegation for talks with regime

A 23-member delegation will represent the Syrian opposition at the upcoming Geneva talks on Tuesday, sources told The New Arab.

Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

A university in Saudi Arabia is seeking to sack employees suspected of having links to Muslim Brotherhood, fuelling fears of a major government ...

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