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The pope is defying the pandemic and renewed security fears to make a "long-awaited" trip to comfort one of the world's oldest Christian communities, while deepening his dialogue with Muslims.

Banners all over Najaf have celebrated "the historic encounter, between the minarets and the church bells".

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

James Reinl

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

Saudi organisers are accused of stifling debate about women's rights and turning the G20 event into a public relations sham.

How Palestine's Red Crescent is taking charge of Covid-19

Diana Alghoul

How Palestine's Red Crescent is taking charge of Covid-19

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19

The New Arab & agencies

Hundreds of animals left to die during Pakistan lockdown

Pakistani authorities have now agreed to let pet shop owners feed the animals, despite the coronavirus lockdown.

The New Arab & agencies

Israel strikes Hamas after rocket fired from Gaza

The flare-up came despite both Israelis and Palestinians being largely confined to their homes amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The New Arab

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns across the Middle East

As the novel coronavirus spread across the Middle East, several countries have closed their borders, grounded fights and imposed travel ...

Yara Hawari

What the coronavirus outbreak means for Palestinian refugees

Palestinian refugees are among some of the most vulnerable in the Middle East to the coronavirus pandemic.

Panic grips <em>caged</em> Gaza Strip after first coronavirus cases

Asmaa Tayeh

Panic grips caged Gaza Strip after first coronavirus cases

Fears mount that Gaza's fragile health system, which has been decimated by Israel's blockade, will struggle to contain the coronavirus in one of ...

Muhammad Shehada

Coronavirus means Israel controls life and death in Gaza

Comment: Israel's blockade already compromises the functioning of Gaza's healthcare. A global pandemic could bring it to breaking point, writes ...

Deposed Egypt president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

The New Arab

Deposed Egypt president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Nearly three years after his acquittal over the killings of Arab Spring protesters, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died at a Cairo ...

Lebanon's post-Civil War generation flock to streets without fear

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon's post-Civil War generation flock to streets without fear

Since the start of Lebanon's massive country-wide protests, youngsters have been constantly on the front lines of the protests calling for ...

Khashoggi verdict: This is what Saudi Arabia calls justice

Sam Hamad

Khashoggi verdict: This is what Saudi Arabia calls justice

Comment: Just as some had hoped, the verdict on Khashoggi's killing will whitewash Saudi crimes, and pave the way for business as usual with the ...

Bangladesh shuts recruitment agencies after rampant Saudi abuse claims

The New Arab

Bangladesh shuts recruitment agencies after rampant Saudi abuse claims

A government spokesman said that the agencies that were shut down had failed to provide safeguards to the migrant workers and in some cases sent ...

The New Arab

Bangladesh calls for worker return after Saudi sex abuse

A migrant worker who revealed her experience of sexual abuse in Saudi Arabia has prompted Bangladeshi authorities to repatriate its workers from the kingdom.

Georgia Beeston

Aïda Muluneh's exhibition responds to the global water crisis

Aïda Muluneh, in her new exhibition Water Life, considers how the lack of access to clean water particularly impacts the livelihood of women in ...

James Reinl

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz: Jamal's murder changed my life

A year ago, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, dismembered and disposed of in secret by a Saudi hit squad while the real criminals have not yet been ...

Muhammad Shehada

Gazans will live and die without ever seeing Palestine

Comment: Most besieged Gazans will live and die without ever seeing the other side of the fence, writes Muhammad Shehada.

Netanyahu rival says Tlaib, Omar should be granted entry

The New Arab

Netanyahu rival says Tlaib, Omar should be granted entry

Benny Gantz has said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a mistake in barring Muslim congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan forms sovereign council to lead transition

The body replaces the Transitional Military Council that took over from longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir when he was forced from power in April ...

Tearful Tlaib says grandmother advised her against visiting Israel

The New Arab

Tearful Tlaib says grandmother advised her against visiting Israel

A tearful US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said that her Palestinian grandmother told her last week not to visit Israel under conditions demanded ...

India bans communal Eid celebrations as Kashmir crackdown continues

The New Arab & agencies

India bans communal Eid celebrations as Kashmir crackdown continues

Indian troops clamped tight restrictions on mosques across Kashmir for Eid on Monday, fearing anti-government protests over the stripping of the ...

UN could blacklist Israel over unjustifiable Palestinian child deaths

James Reinl

UN could blacklist Israel over unjustifiable Palestinian child deaths

The UN wants answers on the thousands of Palestinian children killed or maimed last year.

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