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With toxic smog blanketing Tehran skies and the country buckling under the pandemic, social media has been rife with speculation. Soon, fingers pointed at an unlikely culprit: Bitcoin.

Zaki, a former student of the American University in Cairo, was arrested on July 4 and confessed to assaulting and blackmailing six complainants.

Mohamed Bouazizi: The fire that lit the Arab Spring

Sarah Khalil

Mohamed Bouazizi: The fire that lit the Arab Spring

The New Arab profiles the life of the 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor, ten years after his self-immolation sparked a revolution in Tunisia that would transform the Middle East.

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

Gaia Caramazza

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran says US 'addicted to sanctions', condemns Turkey embargo

The New Arab Staff

Iran says US 'addicted to sanctions', condemns Turkey embargo

Iran's Zarif condemned the US sanctions against Turkey, despite Tehran's regional rivalries with Ankara.

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Turkey detains 11 suspected of spying for Iran

State intelligence agents arrested the Turkish nationals following the disappearance in Istanbul of Iranian political dissident Habib Chaab.

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Turkey rebukes Iran's 'offensive language' against Erdogan

Turkey criticised Iran for "offensive language" towards President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a row over a controversial poem.

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HRW condemns France for shutting down anti-Islamophobia group

The US-based rights advocacy group condemned France's shutting down of leading anti-discrimination group Collective Against Islamophobia.

Diana Alghoul

Remembering the Detroit Arab Workers strike for Palestine

The Detroit Arab Workers strike won a very important battle in the United Auto Workers divesting from Israeli partners and left a legacy in the ...

Israeli university encourages students to work with far-right group

The New Arab Staff

Israeli university encourages students to work with far-right group

The university said the right-wing Im Tirtzu meets the criteria required of groups allocated for volunteering.

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G20 host Saudi under fire over human rights

Saudi Arabia, the first Arab state to host a G20 summit, has faced disapproval over its human rights record.

Trump bans US investment in Chinese military-linked firms

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Trump bans US investment in Chinese military-linked firms

Donald Trump has barred Americans from investing in companies that US officials say are owned or controlled by the Chinese military.

Obituary: Prince Khalifa bin Salman, Bahrain's long-serving prime minister

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Obituary: Prince Khalifa bin Salman, Bahrain's long-serving prime minister

Holding office until his death at 84, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa was one of the world's longest-serving prime ministers.

French Muslims, stigmatized by attacks, feel under pressure

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

French Muslims, stigmatized by attacks, feel under pressure

French Muslims are facing increasing pressure and stigmatization as a result of a series of violent attacks carried out by extremists and ...

China says latest coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang appears 'contained'

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China says latest coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang appears 'contained'

Chinese officials say that new developments appears to show coronavirus infections have been curbed in Xinjiang province.

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Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric rages

Turkey's small ethnic Armenian community are facing rising hate speech as Ankara backs Azerbaijan in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Yemen submits UN complain over Iran's ambassador to Houthis

The internationally-recognised government of Yemen submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations after an Iranian ambassador assumed ...

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Tunisian unemployment soars amid economic crisis

A decade on from a revolution that toppled the old regime, leaders are struggling to meet the expectations of the people, who have seen little ...

Yousra Samir Imran

Sudan's revolution and the broken promise of women's rights

Women fuelled Sudan's revolution, but the promise of greater gender equality remains elusive.

HRW: gang rape witnesses in Cairo arrested, smeared

The New Arab Staff

HRW: gang rape witnesses in Cairo arrested, smeared

Two acquaintances of the witnesses were also detained before they were all released on August 31.

Hanan Zaffar and Aamir Aijaz

How Facebook stifles local media to protect India's BJP

Independent media outlets say Facebook is restricting content criticising the Hindu nationalist BJP, while failing to curtail hate speech by the ...

Three new suspects arrested in Egypt gang rape case

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Three new suspects arrested in Egypt gang rape case

Three suspects have been arrested over a 2014 rape case at Cairo's Fairmont hotel.

UAE deal puts Israel's economic reach on Iran's doorstep

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UAE deal puts Israel's economic reach on Iran's doorstep

The controversial normalisation deal could pave the way for direct economic engagement between Israeli and UAE-based Iranian business people, ...

Palestinian-Israeli mother and son injured in Haifa shootout

The New Arab Staff

Palestinian-Israeli mother and son injured in Haifa shootout

A 57-year-old mother and her 23-year-old son were lightly wounded after being shot at in the Hadar neighbourhood in Haifa.

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