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Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

Ninety-seven people were killed after a passenger plane crashed into a residential area in Pakistan's Karachi, authorities confirmed.

Turkey jails politician over videos of song from mosques

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Turkey jails politician over videos of song from mosques

An opposition politician in Turkey has been detained by authorities for sharing a video that showed the moment mosques blared an Italian anti-fascist song, reports confirmed.

80 bodies recovered, more feared dead in Pakistan crash

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80 bodies recovered, more feared dead in Pakistan crash

Officials have confirmed two survivors so far from the crash in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

Turkey declares 'Mission Accomplished' in battle against coronavirus

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Turkey declares 'Mission Accomplished' in battle against coronavirus

A Turkish official has declared 'Mission Accomplished' in the country's battle against its Covid-19 outbreak.

A joint call from Arab intellectuals and personalities

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

Comment: An open letter from more than 150 personalities from the Arab world, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and prisoners of conscience in the region.

Elizabeth Shackelford

Trump's inspector general purge and the death of dissent

Comment: Destroying the credibility and effectiveness of the inspector general system means that no civil servant will feel comfortable ...

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UN says coronavirus is 'wake-up call' for the world

The Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity to create global unity and reassess priorities, Antonio Guterres said, but it is unclear ...

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Kuwait to jail anyone flouting coronavirus face mask law

Kuwaiti authorities have warned that anyone not wearing a face mask in public will face jail time.

Years of conflict leave Somalia ill-equipped to fight coronavirus

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Years of conflict leave Somalia ill-equipped to fight coronavirus

Somalia has reported coronavirus cases, and with famine and conflict to contend with as well, the country is suffering.

Courtney Freer

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Comment: As coronavirus and oil revenues force the Saudi government to make cuts that will impact its citizens, the fate of its ...

INSAF: Helping Morocco's most vulnerable survive the coronavirus lockdown

Alessandra Bajec

INSAF: Helping Morocco's most vulnerable survive the coronavirus lockdown

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Will the pandemic set women back?

Beth English and Kelly Pike

Will the pandemic set women back?

Comment: The response to Covid-19 cannot be gender neutral. It must safeguard and bolster the gains women have made, write Beth English ...

Jailed Saudi princess 'incommunicado' since pleading for release

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Jailed Saudi princess 'incommunicado' since pleading for release

A statement from the princess's official Twitter account says she has not been heard from since April 17.

Egypt's Red Sea resorts prepare to reopen following lockdown

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Egypt's Red Sea resorts prepare to reopen following lockdown

Hotels at Egypt's main seaside destinations are reopening at reduced capacity for domestic tourists from Friday, as the government eases the ...

Puja Changoiwala

India's coronavirus response ignores its slumdwellers, all 65 million

Comment: One in six Indians reside in slums which are fast becoming hotbeds of coronavirus infection. The government must act now to help stop its spread, writes Puja Changoiwala.

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Yazidi girl returns home to Iraq after IS captivity

A Yazidi girl abducted by the Islamic State group returned to Iraq to be reunited with her family after the coronavirus lockdown in Syria ...

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Despite White House virus cases, top aides defend reopening

Two top US economic advisers defended the need for an expeditious reopening of the economy even as the coronavirus reached into the White House ...

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Iran ready to swap prisoners, waiting for US response

Iranian government spokesperson, Ali Rabiei reportedly said Iran is waiting on a green light from Washington to proceed with a prisoner swap.

Somalia floods force thousands to flee amid coronavirus threat

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Somalia floods force thousands to flee amid coronavirus threat

Tens of thousands of Somali civilians have left the safety of their homes as a result of heavy floods in the region.

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US Senate fails to override veto of Iran resolution

As the US and Iran negotiate an exchange of prisoners, the US Senate failed to override Trump's veto of a resolution placing checks on ...

Iran quake kills at least one, sparks panic

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Iran quake kills at least one, sparks panic

The shallow 4.6 magnitude quake east of Tehran saw scores of residents of the capital exit buildings for the safety of streets ...

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Comment: The Covid-19 era marks a new chapter in the erosion of refugee rights in Lebanon, and policymaking that excludes their access ...

Egypt arbitrarily extends pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants

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Egypt arbitrarily extends pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants

Amnesty said Egypt had flouted basic due process guarantees by citing the Covid-19 pandemic to extend the pre-trial detention of over 1,600 ...

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