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Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

In the hotly contested 2020 election, local organisers are mobilising Arab and Muslim communities in key swing states to make sure their votes count.

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

The rise and fall of Rami Makhlouf will be one of the great turning points in recent Syrian history.

Coronavirus pandemic turns Turkish mosque into ‘supermarket for poor’

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Coronavirus pandemic turns Turkish mosque into ‘supermarket for poor’

A Turkish imam has turned his Istanbul mosque into a ‘supermarket’ offering free food to the poor as mass prayers are suspended due to the ...

Thousands of IS children are traumatised, British <em>charity</em> says

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands of IS children are traumatised, British charity says

Save the Children observed the children at the Al-Hol camp for people displaced by fighting as US-backed forces battle IS in the village of ...

The New Arab

Family hope Johnson's visit will help free Zaghari-Ratcliffe

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Tehran appears to have failed to secure the release of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe but her family hope progress was made.

The New Arab

UK's Johnson in Iran to push for Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has landed in Iran's capital to pressure to government to release an Iranian-British aid worker jailed on what ...

Steven Salaita

A message to artists who play Israel

Comment: Ignoring calls for international solidarity against Apartheid is the sort of decision that gets noted in obituaries, writes Steven ...

Charlie Hoyle

'No childhood anymore': Bombings and beheadings haunt Raqqa's children

A generation of children in Raqqa have been exposed to unimaginable horrors under Islamic State group rule, along with anti-IS bombing and ...

Paris 'love locks' sale raises thousands for refugees

The New Arab & agencies

Paris 'love locks' sale raises thousands for refugees

Hundreds of people took part in the auction at Credit Municipal de Paris in which 150 bunches of the locks went under the hammer.

Mohamed ElMeshad

How Egyptian and Arab media (over)reacted to Turkey's coup

Gleeful reactions from Egyptian media outlets over the failed coup attempt in Turkey enforce disconnect between media and reality as well as the ...

Yusuf Islam to honour child refugees in London gig

The New Arab

Yusuf Islam to honour child refugees in London gig

British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, is to hold a charity gig in London and release a new single drawing attention to the ...

New York City gives $500k to Arab-American Israel critic

The New Arab

New York City gives $500k to Arab-American Israel critic

Linda Sarsour's Arab Association of New York will receive the grant from a fund to help integrate mental health programmes within the charity's ...

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