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Many of those killed by the Beirut explosion were migrant workers. Already a vulnerable group in Lebanon, their plight is now likely to get even worse.

Human Rights Watch called on Lebanese authorities to invite international experts to conduct an independent probe into the explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday.

Friday's 'Covid Eid' takes another bittersweet turn for Muslims

Harris Iqbal

Friday's 'Covid Eid' takes another bittersweet turn for Muslims

Comment: Covid-19 has revealed the vulnerability, resilience and generosity of the UK's disproportionately impacted Muslim community, writes Harris Iqbal.

Lebanon's alliance with the US has run its course

Michal Kranz

Lebanon's alliance with the US has run its course

Comment: Unless the US takes serious steps to repair the relationship, there will be few incentives left for the Lebanese to keep the alliance ...

Senators press Trump over detention of Saudi ex-spy's children

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Senators press Trump over detention of Saudi ex-spy's children

Two adult children and a brother a former top Saudi intelligence official exiled in Canada were detained in Riyadh in March.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

Tensions have risen in Iraq between the state and Iran-backed armed groups after the assassination of a prominent analyst, whose death the US has linked to such militias.

Sana Uqba

British MPs 'outraged' over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

This week we focus on a 'disappointing' decision by the UK to resume Saudi arms sales, warnings over famine in Yemen and more.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN warns Yemen on the brink of famine again

The UN has once again sounded the alarm over Yemen's descent into famine as donor funds have dried up.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Italy to take in 180 refugees rescued in Mediterranean

Italy on Sunday authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to a ship in Sicily for quarantine, ...

More than two-in-three of Egypt's coronavirus ICUs in use

The New Arab Staff

More than two-in-three of Egypt's coronavirus ICUs in use

Egypt has reported 56,809 coronavirus cases and is set to begin easing restrictions on Saturday.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Gaza baby denied life-saving heart surgery dies

Eight-month-old Omar Yaghi died after being unable to travel for life-saving heart surgery, due to the Palestinian Authority cutting ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The New Arab Staff

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Today in coronavirus news from the Middle East: Yemen broadcasts weddings on live TV, Iranian officials call for mandatory masks, Egypt's ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The New Arab Staff

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Jordan is trialling electronic bracelets to monitor Covid-19 and rights groups condemned Egypt over detention of medics criticising the ...

Egypt condemned after detention of medics criticising coronavirus response

Florence Dixon

Egypt condemned after detention of medics criticising coronavirus response

Egypt must stop its campaign of arrests and intimidation against health workers who express alarm over its response to Covid-19, which has ...

Amnesty sounds alarm over Bahrain, Kuwait coronavirus tracking apps

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amnesty sounds alarm over Bahrain, Kuwait coronavirus tracking apps

Highly invasive and unjustified surveillance tools are being used by Kuwaiti and Bahraini authorities to tackle Covid-19, Amnesty warned on ...

Gaia Caramazza

Johnson slammed for dissolving UK's international aid department

The UK has merged the department for international development with the foreign office.

Jan-Peter Westad

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Fears grow for political prisoners in Egypt's jails as Covid-19 spreads amid deplorable conditions.

CJ Werleman

To stop Uighur abuses, hit China where it hurts

Comment: Western governments must target supply chains, and punish corporations that continue to profit from directly from forced Uighur labour, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Eid shopping rush across Asia despite coronavirus risk

Despite coronavirus guidelines, Muslims across Asia have spilled into markets to prepare for Eid Al-Fitr festivities.

UK scraps controversial bereavement decision after Syrian refugee's plea

The New Arab

UK scraps controversial bereavement decision after Syrian refugee's plea

Families of hospital porters, cleaners and social care staff will now be able to remain in the UK indefinitely if their relative working in the ...

Anu Shukla

Traumatised Rohingya fear impact of cyclone on prison island

Tensions are rising on the remote prison island of Bhasan Char, where some 300 Rohingya refugees were shipped after being rescued from ...

Reshaping Palestine: Inside Israel's new 'annexation cabinet'

Ben Lynfield

Reshaping Palestine: Inside Israel's new 'annexation cabinet'

Israel's new cabinet is poised to rock the region by formally annexing parts of the occupied West Bank.

Trump's malaria drug use to be 'welcomed' in India

The New Arab & agencies

Trump's malaria drug use to be 'welcomed' in India

India's policy on the decades-old drug, used to prevent malaria and treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, drastically changed following remarks ...

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

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