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The embattled village of Baghouz was the last vestige of the cross-border proto-state IS declared in 2014 across large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Comment: Ideological polarisation in Syria has left no room for nuance, and deprived Syrians of the social fabric necessary for reconciliation, writes Zahra Erhaim.

Beirut blast raises fears in Iraq of weapons stockpiles

Azhar Al-Rubaie

Beirut blast raises fears in Iraq of weapons stockpiles

In Iraq, where weapons are stored in urban centres and unexploded bombs litter border areas, fears of a catastrophe are acute.

White House hits out at 'Deep State' conspiracy

The New Arab & agencies

White House hits out at 'Deep State' conspiracy

The White House hit back at fierce criticism over the firing of the State Department's top watchdog, suggesting he was a disloyal member of a ...

Lebanon panic as 'apocalyptic' insects swarm homes

The New Arab

Lebanon panic as 'apocalyptic' insects swarm homes

Small bugs and larger beetles swarmed homes in various Lebanese regions and caused alarm on Friday, though experts say the creatures are ...

The New Arab & agencies

US Senate threatens sanctions on China over Covid-19 accounting

US senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would empower President Donald Trump to slap sanctions on China over the coronavirus outbreak.

The New Arab & agencies

Gloves and masks litter Middle East amid virus panic

Across the Middle East, disposable masks and gloves that remain in high demand to protect populations from the coronavirus pandemic are ...

The New Arab

Rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone kills Iraqi soldier

Security officials said one of the Katyusha rockets landed about 100 meters away from the perimeter of the US Embassy.

Sana Uqba

Deafening silence as Israel strikes multiple Arab states

In recent months, Israel has ventured beyond its usual battlefields, conducting multiple airstrikes in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and even ...

Saudi attacks 'anti-peace' Jordan, calls for normalisation with Israel

The New Arab

Saudi attacks 'anti-peace' Jordan, calls for normalisation with Israel

Abdul Hameed Al-Ghabin, a Saudi journalist said that Jordan was an 'anti-peace force' in a column which also attacked the Palestinian people and ...

Paul McLoughlin

Where Oman conquered mountains: A journey through the interior

Culture: Oman's interior shows the historical harnessing of nature by man and how prosperity can come in the most challenging of environments.

London's Ahmadiyya Muslims launch food drive for winter

Sophia Akram

London's Ahmadiyya Muslims launch food drive for winter

Society: Over 1,000 AMYA members across the country are planning to volunteer between December 15 and January 1 in order to help fight ...

Oman blazes trail for environmentalism in the Arab world

Austin Bodetti

Oman blazes trail for environmentalism in the Arab world

As desertification and other environmental issues threaten the heart of the Middle East, Oman has an opportunity to act as a role model for its ...

Libya's 'awe-inspiring' ancient city of Sabra now endangered: UNESCO

The New Arab & agencies

Libya's 'awe-inspiring' ancient city of Sabra now endangered: UNESCO

The ancient Libyan city of Sabratha is now classified as endangered.

Tunisian environmentalist tackles <em>litter</em> with beach challenge

The New Arab & agencies

Tunisian environmentalist tackles litter with beach challenge

Mohamed Oussama Houij set out in July to walk a 300-kilometre (185-mile) stretch of coastline in northern Tunisia and clean up 30 beaches along ...

Charlie Hoyle

Thousands flee from Saudi-backed offensive in Yemen's Hodeidah

According to the United Nations, clashes along Yemen's western coast have displaced around 100,000 people in recent months, most of them from Hodeidah Governorate.

Barak Barfi

After Saleh, the outlook in Yemen remains bleak

Comment: If Yemen is to set itself on its feet again, its leader must address long-festering issues they have conveniently skirted in favour of ...

The New Arab

Oman attempts clean-up of streets with $2,600 litter fines

Oman will slap huge fines on those caught littering, as it looks to keep a clean image with international holiday makers.

The New Arab

Crocodile at Tunisian zoo stoned to death

A crocodile at a Tunisian zoo was stoned to death by a group of tourists, authorities in the capital said Wednesday, denouncing the "savage" act.

Jerusalem: The undivided capital?

Ben Clarke

Jerusalem: The undivided capital?

Comment: For the Israeli establishment, unification is not about equality under the law, it is a political tool used for propagating idealised ...

Paul McLoughlin

Oman to jail litter bugs

Jail time and hefty fines will be given to people caught littering in Oman, as the sultanate seeks to retain its reputation as a place of ...

Photoblog: A first glimpse inside Mosul

Gareth Browne

Photoblog: A first glimpse inside Mosul

Exclusive pictures from inside the last bastion of the Islamic State group in Iraq, as troops press forwards to 'liberate' the country's second ...

Syrian capital hikes up littering fines as war rages

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian capital hikes up littering fines as war rages

Further highlighting the stark dichotomy between regime-held and rebel-held areas, Damascus' local council has issued new regulations, ...

Kurdish disunity on the frontlines of Syria's war

Franco Galdini and Davide Vignati

Kurdish disunity on the frontlines of Syria's war

In-depth: Reporters Franco Galdini and Davide Vignati travelled through the heart of northern Iraq and Syria, uncovering fierce rivalries and ...

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