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The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned Lebanon's economic crisis is 'spiralling out of control'.

This year's Baalbek International Festival broadcasted performances, held among Roman columns, on local and regional TV stations and streamed on social media platforms.

Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

Around 20 activist groups called on Facebook to stop the spread of anti-gay hate speech targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the Middle East and North Africa.

Egypt actor's transgender son sued over Sarah Hegazi post

The New Arab Staff

Egypt actor's transgender son sued over Sarah Hegazi post

The transgender son of prominent Egyptian actor Hisham Selim was sued after posting an Instagram video in support of Sarah Hegazi, an exiled ...

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

The New Arab Staff

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

A cleric in Egypt clarified it is permissible to mourn the lives of atheists and homosexuals, after a debate was triggered by the death of queer ...

The New Arab Staff

Iraq bans footballers for partying during coronavirus lockdown

Iraqi footballers Durgham Ismail and Alaa Mahawi have been banned from the national team and were fined for violating Covid-19 restrictions and going to a concert.

Yousra Samir Imran

Arab LGBT community mourns the loss of Sara Hegazy

The death of Egyptian activist Sara Hegazy sent shockwaves through the Arab LGBT community.

Rasha Younes

For Sarah Hegazy: In rage, in grief, in exhaustion

Comment: Sarah Hegazy was driven to take her life by Egypt's state-powered, lethal patriarchy. As we continue to resist, may she rest, spared of ...

Mel Plant

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist who ...

Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

Egyptian LGBT activist Sara Hegazy, who took her own life in Canada where she lived in exile, had been "oppressed" by the Cairo government, ...

Danya Hajjaji

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

Social media users mourned the passing of Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sarah Hegazi, who was arrested and tortured by authorities for flying a ...

Why art still matters in the Middle East

Gaia Caramazza

Why art still matters in the Middle East

Despite a global pandemic, artists in the Middle East are finding new ways to express themselves.

Thousands of Israelis flout coronavirus guidelines at anti-lockdown <em>concert</em>

The New Arab

Thousands of Israelis flout coronavirus guidelines at anti-lockdown concert

In what appears to be the biggest gathering since Israel's coronavirus outbreak, thousands of Israelis packed an event billed as a "protest" ...

Revered Algerian singer Idir dies at 70

The New Arab & agencies

Revered Algerian singer Idir dies at 70

The family of Algerian singer Idir confirmed the death of the Berber icon in Paris on Sunday.

The Fakhoury fiasco and US-Lebanese relations

Joe Macaron

The Fakhoury fiasco and US-Lebanese relations

Comment: While Amer Fakhoury has been freed from detention, the ramifications of his case are far from over in Lebanon, writes Joe Macaron.

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar musicians give balcony gig to banish virus blues

Those within earshot of the musical neighbours have been treated to renditions of numbers including Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", both this Friday and last.

The New Arab & agencies

WHO approve general mask use where hand-washing, distancing hard

The WHO said that asking the general public to wear facemasks could be justified in areas where hand-washing and physical distancing were ...

The New Arab

Kim Kardashian faces backlash after calling lahmacun 'Armenian pizza'

Reality star Kim Kardashian provoked a fiery debate on the origins of lahmacun when she described it as 'Armenian pizza' on her Instagram.

The New Arab & agencies

Brother of Manchester Arena bomber found guilty of murder

Hashem Abedi's brother Salman detonated a suicide bomb during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in 2017, killing 22 ...

Asian World Cup qualifiers postponed over coronavirus fears

The New Arab

Asian World Cup qualifiers postponed over coronavirus fears

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) agreed to reschedule the matches over fears of the deadly coronavirus.

Alainna Liloia

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Comment: As long as men preside over decisions on gender reform, women's rights in Saudi Arabia will never go beyond a PR move, writes Alainna ...

WATCH: Rapper Akon performs Umrah in Saudi Arabia

The New Arab

WATCH: Rapper Akon performs Umrah in Saudi Arabia

US-Senegalese rapper Akon was filmed performing the Umrah pilgrimage, shocking many on social media.

The stakes rise in Syria, refugees pay the price

James Snell

The stakes rise in Syria, refugees pay the price

Comment: Unless something fundamental changes in Turkey's and the world's approach, a renewed refugee crisis will reach Europe's shores, writes ...

London pays musical tribute to Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum

Yousif Nur

London pays musical tribute to Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum

Vulnerability, tenderness, poignancy, scandal and tragedy: A play that has it all, documenting renowned Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum's legendary ...

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