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The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and LGBT+ rights in the Middle East.

Beirut is struggling under the weight of another coronavirus surge.

Three Tunisians jailed for 30 years for cannabis use

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Three Tunisians jailed for 30 years for cannabis use

Amna Guellali, from campaign group Amnesty International, said such sentences for drug use and possession were "unacceptable on principle".

UK's Johnson tells EU chief of 'concerns' over vaccine

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UK's Johnson tells EU chief of 'concerns' over vaccine

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told EU chief Ursula von der Leyen of his concerns after Brussels partially suspended terms of the Brexit deal as ...

Morocco's ex-con YouTubers in the spotlight

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Morocco's ex-con YouTubers in the spotlight

Former inmate of Morocco’s prisons have taken to YouTube to share their stories of life in prison and warn against a life of crime.

Ziad Al-Qattan

Meet the Palestinian DJ who sparked a political storm

In-depth: The arrest of DJ Sama after hosting a techno event in the West Bank reveals a deeper set of tensions within Palestinian society.

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Tunisia mothers decry wave of 'arbitrary' arrests after unrest

"Some were arrested without even having taken part in the demonstrations," said Bassem Trifi of the Tunisian League of Human Rights.

Narjas Zatat

The racist legacy of outgoing US President Donald Trump

It is Donald Trump's last official day as President of the United States, and his departure is a good time to look back on his problematic ...

Yara El Murr

Breaking cycles of trauma and illness among Syrian refugees

In-depth: Researchers are exploring the correlation between mental and physical health to provide adequate care to refugees, but with the data ...

Twitter removes Khamenei vaccine tweet for 'violating' rules

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Twitter removes Khamenei vaccine tweet for 'violating' rules

The US social media company announced a policy in December to crack down on what it described as potentially "false or misleading information" ...

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Dubai rolls out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination campaign

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is being administered to the elderly and vulnerable in Dubai, as well as frontline and other key workers. 

European Parliament petition urges end to Gaza siege

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European Parliament petition urges end to Gaza siege

24 MEPs signed a petition calling on Israel to end its blockade on Gaza, and warning of a "catastrophic" coronavirus health emergency if medical ...

Will Biden's presidency affect Iran's influence in Latin America?

Paul McLoughlin

Will Biden's presidency affect Iran's influence in Latin America?

In-depth: The Biden administration could reset caustic ties with Iran, but how will that affect Tehran's budding relations with socialist Latin ...

Pakistan approves chemical castration of sex offenders

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Pakistan approves chemical castration of sex offenders

New laws approved by President Arif Alvi on Tuesday will see rape cases expedited through the courts.

UAE rolls out Covid-19 vaccinations in Abu Dhabi

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UAE rolls out Covid-19 vaccinations in Abu Dhabi

Covid-19 vaccinations roll out in the Emirati capital, officials said on Monday.

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Unregulated state-backed marriage loans in Iran 'exploiting vulnerable children'

Child marriage in Iran is being facilitated by state banks that are giving off unregulated loans to those who want to marry.

Dario Sabaghi

Haftar's capture of Italian fishermen sparks diplomatic storm

In-depth: Haftar's forces have detained a crew of Sicilian fishermen for over 90 days, igniting a diplomatic stand-off with Italy.

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Iraqi Yazidi Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Activist Nadia Murad said domestic tensions have intensified in confined living spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Lebanese 'drug dealer' arrested in Brazil

Assad Khalil Kiwan is a naturalised Brazilian citizen from Lebanon who was arrested on Monday over drugs charges.

AstraZeneca, Oxford say Covid vaccine shows 70% efficacy

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AstraZeneca, Oxford say Covid vaccine shows 70% efficacy

A covid-19 vaccine being developed by British drugs group AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has shown an average 70% efficacy.

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Frantic search after medicines vanish from Lebanon shelves

Medicine in Lebanon is going missing, as the country struggles under the weight of covid-19.

Arrest warrant issued for Beirut Port customs chief

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Arrest warrant issued for Beirut Port customs chief

The customs chief was accused of lifting a travel ban on a Saudi Prince after he was inprisoned for smuggling two tonnes of an amphetamine-based ...

What else happened in the US on Election Day?

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What else happened in the US on Election Day?

While the eyes of the world were fixed on the US presidential elections, other big changes took place in the country.

Tunisian family of alleged Nice knifeman in disbelief

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Tunisian family of alleged Nice knifeman in disbelief

The family of a 21-year-old Tunisian man were shocked to hear of his involvement in the killing of three French church-goers on Thursday.

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