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A smaller than usual number of Muslims began the annual five-day hajj pilgrimage as Saudi Arabia imposed sanitary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The kingdom has recorded big losses for the second quarter of 2020.

Oligarchs crashed the economy, Lebanese are paying the price

Nizar Hassan

Oligarchs crashed the economy, Lebanese are paying the price

Comment: Lebanon's oligarchs have avoided taking necessary action, sabotaged IMF negotiations, and are now seeking an impossible solution. All at the expense of people's savings and livelihoods writes Nizar Hassan.

Struggling Lebanon records rising suicide cases

The New Arab Staff

Struggling Lebanon records rising suicide cases

A 26-year-old in Lebanon became the fifth person to commit suicide in the economy-stricken country.

Lebanese official confirmed positive Covid-19 during French FM meeting

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese official confirmed positive Covid-19 during French FM meeting

The head of the Lebanese foreign minister's office was shocked to receive untimely news of a positive Covid-19 result during a meeting with the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

IMF is way out of Lebanon crisis, says France

The International Monetary Fund may be the only way out of Lebanon's financial crisis, France advised.

Malia Bouattia

It's time essential workers pulled the emergency brake

Comment: Without essential workers, our society would collapse. They should use their power to rise up, writes Malia Bouattia.

The New Arab Staff

Egypt pressures Spain to extradite dissident activist

Mohamed Ali, who maintains his innocence, has said the charges are fabricated to punish him for his activism.

Gaia Caramazza

Deadly silence: The fight against FGM in Arab states

In-depth: More than 4.1 million girls and women are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation in 2020.

Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Malia Bouattia

Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Comment: The weapons deals and military training France and the UK provide to Saudi Arabia are killing civilians abroad, and harming workers at ...

Keira Dignan

Greek government faces resistance over dictatorship-era anti-protest law

In-depth: The Greek government is extending police powers to quell mass protests, a move refugee groups say will limit their ability to mobilise.

IMF cuts Saudi forecast as oil, virus hit economy

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

IMF cuts Saudi forecast as oil, virus hit economy

The new projection for the Saudi economy, the largest in the region, is a massive 4.5 percentage points lower than what the IMF had projected ...

Coronavirus emptied detention centres, they should remain closed forever

Malia Bouattia

Coronavirus emptied detention centres, they should remain closed forever

Comment: The Tories' hostile environment was suspended just long enough to prove another world is possible. Now though, it's back to business, ...

Iraqi Kurdistan could emerge as Turkey-UAE proxy battleground

The New Arab

Iraqi Kurdistan could emerge as Turkey-UAE proxy battleground

Turkey has launched two operations against Kurdish militants this week, raising fears of northern Iraq becoming a proxy battleground between ...

Saudi wealth fund 'shopping spree' disguises economic pain

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi wealth fund 'shopping spree' disguises economic pain

Amid its worst economic crisis in decades, the seemingly contradictory state policy to splurge billions on overseas assets is raising eyebrows.

Ylenia Gostoli

Covid-19 lays bare Britain's entrenched racial inequalities

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed stark racial inequalities in British society.

The New Arab Staff

Riyadh continues buying up arms despite harsh austerity measures

Saudi Arabia shows no signs of halting arms purchases despite austerity measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malia Bouattia

State-led austerity and racism are killing us, not Covid-19

Comment: The government's BAME Covid-19 review is wrong. It's not the ethnicity of a person that puts them at risk, rather the structural ...

Florence Dixon

Egypt's Sisi mocked for prioritising new capital over coronavirus

Egyptians have taken to Twitter to mock the president's lavish spending plans for a new administrative capital city, while the regime's response ...

Saudi women struggle for work due to coronavirus pandemic

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi women struggle for work due to coronavirus pandemic

Women in Saudi Arabia are struggling to retain jobs in the wake of Covid-19.

The New Arab

Theft behind Saudi mosques' recent hefty electricity bills

Saudi mosques are being given hefty electricity bills due to theft.

Syrian stock market halts trading for Assad cousin's company

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian stock market halts trading for Assad cousin's company

Syria's stock market suspended trading for the largest cellular company in the country, owned by his cousin Rami Makhlouf.

Saudi foreign reserves continue to decline

The New Arab

Saudi foreign reserves continue to decline

Saudi's foreign reserves fell for a second month, totalling up to a $48 billion decline in March and April.

Hezbollah and the IMF: Rhetoric over practice

Karim Safieddine

Hezbollah and the IMF: Rhetoric over practice

Hezbollah's pro-poor populist rhetoric has often conflicted with its political strategies and proposed economic policies.

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