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Traditional celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing many to celebrate only with their immediate families.

With many countries still under lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, being stuck at home can take its toll. Here are some shows to alleviate the boredom.

Garbage collectors angered by Egyptian <em>comedy</em> series

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Garbage collectors angered by Egyptian comedy series

Egypt’s 'Zabbaleen' said they were angered by a series airing this Ramadan about refuse collectors.

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry lands 'female-focused' Netflix <em>show</em> deal

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Tunisian actress Hend Sabry lands 'female-focused' Netflix show deal

Sabry will execultively produce and star in the Arabic-language Netflix original series, described as a female-focused drama-comedy ...

Top Ramadan TV soaps to watch under coronavirus lockdown

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Top Ramadan TV soaps to watch under coronavirus lockdown

Not sure which Ramadan soaps to watch? Here are The New Arab's pick of this year's top 10 best Ramadan soaps.

Hadani Ditmars

Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef navigates the American dream

As Youssef tours the US with his new one man show, based on his life story, his journey into new genres reflects a personal and as well as societal shift.

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Egyptian-American comedy star Ramy Youssef wins Golden Globe

Egyptian-American comedy Ramy has wowed the world with its sharp humour.

Elias Jahshan

The best books by Arab authors in 2019

Book Club: The New Arab rounds up some of the best reads written in English by Arab authors this year.

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Outraged Christians and Muslims cancel Netflix over 'gay Jesus'

Christians and Muslims across the world are calling on Netflix to remove a satirical film in which Jesus, an important figure in both religions, ...

Lebanese TV slammed over blackface <em>comedy</em> sketch

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Lebanese TV slammed over blackface comedy sketch

In the sketch comedian Nady Abou Chabke put on a prejudiced depiction of a migrant domestic worker by wearing a blackface, a dreadlocks wig and ...

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Arabs hit the airwaves with new Berlin radio station

The local media council said Arabic programming would add to the diversity of radio offerings in the German capital.

Khashoggi killing was a 'mistake', Uber CEO claims

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Khashoggi killing was a 'mistake', Uber CEO claims

The Uber CEO said he thought Saudi Arabia had taken the murder 'seriously'.

Australian jailed for rape and murder of Palestinian student

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Australian jailed for rape and murder of Palestinian student

Codey Herrmann will serve at least 30 years for the shocking crime of the Palestinian exchange student that rocked Melbourne.

Is Netflix taking part in Israel's propaganda campaign?

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Is Netflix taking part in Israel's propaganda campaign?

Digital media platforms are serving Israeli propaganda while turning a blind eye to the sacrifices and endless suffering of Palestinians who ...

Lebanon organises protest concert after Mashrou' Leila 'blasphemy' ban

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Lebanon organises protest concert after Mashrou' Leila 'blasphemy' ban

In response to the cancellation of Mashrou' Leila's Byblos concert, independent activist groups organised a free gig entitled 'The Sound of ...

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Joe Show: The new king of Arab comedy

The New Arab Meets: Youssef Hussein, host of The Joe Show, one of the most popular satirical television shows today which turns self-deifying Arab autocrats into laughing stocks.

Sarah Shaffi

This Green and Pleasant Land: Exploring racism and assimilation

Book Club: The kind of prejudice in This Green and Pleasant Land is largely of the low-key but pernicious sort that many Muslims and people of ...

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Syrian regime Ramadan TV show mocks chemical attack victims

A Syrian TV series launched during Ramadan mocks the victims of chemical attacks carried out by the Assad regime during the country's ...

Mel Plant

Ramy: Why this Muslim-American sensation doesn't care about Trump

The New Arab Meets: Egyptian-American comedian Ramy Youssef, who explains why his latest semi-autobiographical TV series is not just about a ...

Egyptian actress sparks social media outrage with blackface appearance

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Egyptian actress sparks social media outrage with blackface appearance

Comedian Shaimaa Seif appeared on a satirical TV show broadcast by the Saudi-owned MBC network in blackface, behaving in a manner seen ...

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Palestinian comedian denied entry to Lebanon 'for visiting Israel'

Palestinian-American comedian Mo Amer has been denied entry to Lebanon after he obtained an Israeli stamp on his passport when he visited the ...

US comedian censored on Saudi Netflix mocks crown prince...again

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US comedian censored on Saudi Netflix mocks crown prince...again

Hasan Minhaj, an American comedian who hosts Patriot Act on Netflix, launched the second season of his show by mocking Saudi Crown ...

Thousands mourn at funeral of murdered Palestinian student

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Thousands mourn at funeral of murdered Palestinian student

Aya Maasarwe's body was flown back to her hometown of Baqa al-Gharbiya, where thousands gathered for the funeral procession

Australian court remands man charged in Palestinian student's killing

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Australian court remands man charged in Palestinian student's killing

Codey Herrmann, aged 20, who was charged with the murder of a Palestinian student last week has been remanded in custody, the spokeswoman for ...

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