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Egyptians have taken to Twitter to mock the president's lavish spending plans for a new administrative capital city, while the regime's response to the Covid-19 crisis remains 'shaky'.

The move comes as Malta's ports remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Saudi women struggle for work due to coronavirus pandemic

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Saudi women struggle for work due to coronavirus pandemic

Women in Saudi Arabia are struggling to retain jobs in the wake of Covid-19.

Gheyzanieh: Where oil flows, but drinking water does not

Kourosh Ziabari

Gheyzanieh: Where oil flows, but drinking water does not

Comment: For too long, Iran's leaders have neglected the oil-rich Khuzestan region, which provides an economic lifeline to the country, writes ...

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Yemen donor summit fails to raise required $2.4bn

A donor summit aiming to raise $2.41 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen has only gathered half of the amount, with key player UAE donating no funds.

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Saudi seeks to raise $2.3bn in Yemen donor conference

Saudi Arabia is seeking to raise billions of dollars for Yemen, despite leading a coalition that has been accused of war crimes in the war-torn ...

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Funding shortfall hinders Covid-19 response: World Bank chief

Coronavirus is leading to 'staggeringly large' losses in the global economy, according to World Bank President.

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Saudi intensifies Yemen bombardment ahead of co-hosting aid conference

Saudi Arabia, accused of committing 'war crimes' in Yemen, is hosting an emergency donor conference for the impoverished country.

Aden protests power outage under scorching 37-degree heat

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Aden protests power outage under scorching 37-degree heat

As the city battles increasing number of coronavirus-linked deaths, Aden has been plunged into darkness despite rising temperatures.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: First Covid-19 death reported in Bangladesh's refugee camps, Saudi Arabia's mosques reopen and Yemen's influx of migrants ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: UAE reopens despite a rise in cases, Yemen's coronavirus efforts run short of funding, Gazans celebrate the ...

Israel, Saudis 'hold talks' on Turkish influence in Jerusalem

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Israel, Saudis 'hold talks' on Turkish influence in Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan are working together in a bid to repel Turkey's growing influence in Jerusalem, an Israeli newspaper revealed.

UN forced to cut Yemen aid despite coronavirus pandemic

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UN forced to cut Yemen aid despite coronavirus pandemic

Yemenis need aid now more than ever as the coronavirus rips through the country.

Pressure grows on MBS to release jailed Saudi prince

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Pressure grows on MBS to release jailed Saudi prince

A $2 million US lobbying effort and petitions from European lawmakers are piling pressure on Saudi Arabia to release a philanthropist prince ...

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Yemen's Houthis claim they are developing a coronavirus vaccine

The much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine will emerge from Yemen's Houthis, the rebels' health minister vowed this week.

Malia Bouattia

End complicity between UK universities and Israeli apartheid

Comment: An exciting new initiative leads the way on pressuring academic institutions into divesting from companies that are complicit in the ...

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Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO

Donald Trump has ramped up his rhetoric against the WHO a month after cutting funding for the international health body.

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UN urges $2.4 billion for Yemen war, Covid-19 relief

The UN has urged for billions in aid to help Yemen cope with the war and coronavirus.

UN officials appeal for Yemen <em>funding</em> amid coronavirus pandemic

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UN officials appeal for Yemen funding amid coronavirus pandemic

UN agencies appealed to donors for emergency funds for Yemen, saying they were 'increasingly alarmed' about the rapid spread of coronavirus in ...

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Lebanon adopts law to lift banking secrecy for officials

Activists have criticised a last-minute change in the law that prevents judges from independently ordering a disclosure.

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

Abbad Yahya

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

The long read: A new book by Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara presents a comprehensive strategy to resist Trump and Netanyahu’s widely ...

Trump threatens to 'close down' social media

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Trump threatens to 'close down' social media

Donald Trump claimed social networks 'totally silence conservative voices' after Twitter tagged two of his posts propounding his unfounded ...

China in the Middle East: Tourism and soft power

Austin Bodetti

China in the Middle East: Tourism and soft power

The spread of the coronavirus has undermined a years-long Chinese effort to reshape the new world order with soft power.

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