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Lebanon decided to prolong its total lockdown by two weeks.

The Israeli government extended the country's coronavirus lockdown as infections soar despite a rapid vaccination campaign.

Iraq approves AstraZeneca, Sinopharm vaccines amid fall in cases

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Iraq approves AstraZeneca, Sinopharm vaccines amid fall in cases

Iraq’s health minister has announced that the country will approve the Oxford AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines as the number of coronavirus cases continues to fall.

Oman to see fastest economic growth in MENA region

The New Arab Staff

Oman to see fastest economic growth in MENA region

Oman is set to be one of the countries to see the swiftest economic recovery from the Covid-19 epidemic.

WHO team arrives in Wuhan for coronavirus investigation

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WHO team arrives in Wuhan for coronavirus investigation

A team of experts from the World Health Organization arrived in the Chinese province of Wuhan

Malia Bouattia

Distrust of Boris must not erode confidence in vaccine

Comment: Debunking anti-vax conspiracy theories means taking an honest look at the profiteering and incompetence of Boris Johnson's government, too, writes Malia Bouattia.

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Qatar will not change relations with Iran: foreign minister

Iran and Qatar relations will not be changed by Doha's recent reconciliation agreement with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The New Arab Staff

Qatar emir lands in Saudi Arabia for GCC summit

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has landed in the Saudi city of Al-Ula to participate in the GCC summit.

Iraqi parents arrested for 'attempting to sell five-year-old son'

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi parents arrested for 'attempting to sell five-year-old son'

The parents put their son up for sale for some 10 million Iraqi dinars, or $7,000, in the affluent Karrada district of Baghdad.

Paul McLoughlin

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are the countries most at risk according to the IRC Emergency Watchlist for 2021.

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

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The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

Revolt Against the Sun: When the political is personal

Nahrain Al-Mousawi

Revolt Against the Sun: When the political is personal

Book Club: Nazik al-Mala'ika was one of the most important Arab poets of the twentieth century. Revolt Against the Sun presents her key works in ...

Covid-19 pandemic will not be the last: WHO chief

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Covid-19 pandemic will not be the last: WHO chief

The World Health Organization's chief said this year's Covid-19 pandemic will not be the last, noting mankind must tackle climate change and ...

EU and Britain seal post-Brexit trade deal

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EU and Britain seal post-Brexit trade deal

The 11th hour accord will go into effect on January 1.

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Iranian officials fear 'fourth wave' sparked by winter festivities

Officials remain worried about the danger of resurgence amid the Yalda gatherings, which mark the longest and darkest night of the year.

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Three killed amid alarming rise in murders among Palestinian-Israelis

Three Palestinian-Israeli relatives have been shot dead in the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyya, bringing the total number of murders in the ...

Jessica Buxbaum

How Israel's nation-state law perpetuates racial segregation

In-depth: An Israeli court has rejected local petitions to establish an Arabic-language school in Karmiel or fund transport for Palestinian ...

The New Arab Staff

Leading Israeli official forms right-wing party to rival Netanyahu

Gideon Sa'ar announced the formation of a new political party in Israel.

EU promises Gaza help with obtaining coronavirus vaccine

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

EU promises Gaza help with obtaining coronavirus vaccine

Gaza, ruled by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007, is under a tight Israeli-enforced blockade, a major factor in weakening the Palestinian ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump says his lawyer Giuliani has Covid-19

Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19, the president said, the latest member of his inner circle to ...

Refugees in Britain: Covid-19 and the loneliness <em>epidemic</em>

Milica Cosic and Nick McAlpin

Refugees in Britain: Covid-19 and the loneliness epidemic

Public discourse on refugees often centres solely on their material needs. However, the Covid-19 crisis shows that the deep desire for community ...

The New Arab's top reads on gender-based violence

Kamal Afzali

The New Arab's top reads on gender-based violence

The New Arab has curated articles shedding powerful light on the pressing issue of gender-based violence across the Middle East, North Africa ...

Afghanistan conference to set aid cuts, conditions amid pandemic

The New Arab Staff

Afghanistan conference to set aid cuts, conditions amid pandemic

Donors could offer between 15% to 20% less than they did in the last pledging conference in 2016, according to a senior Western diplomat.

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