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Temple-goers likely used imported hashish to 'get into ecstasy and connect with God', researchers say.

Qatar's cabinet said those who violate its face mask regulations could face jail time or fines of $55,000, after the country registered a record number of coronavirus cases on Thursday.

Qatar expands coronavirus testing beyond locked down migrant workers

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Qatar expands coronavirus testing beyond locked down migrant workers

Qatar is assessing the coronavirus prevalence among its wider population by launching drive-through testing, expanding an initiative focused on its migrant worker population.

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

James Reinl

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

Saudi organisers are accused of stifling debate about women's rights and turning the G20 event into a public relations sham.

Jailed Princess Basmah fears coronavirus risk in Saudi prison

The New Arab & agencies

Jailed Princess Basmah fears coronavirus risk in Saudi prison

A year after landing in jail without charge, her mercy plea unanswered by Saudi rulers and in fear of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars, a ...

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Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

Saudi Arabia ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record.

Alainna Liloia

How an imprisoned Saudi princess personified MbS' greatest fears

Comment: Under Mohammed bin Salman's rule, it is unimportant whether those detained have committed a crime, questioning his vision is enough to ...

The New Arab

Algeria, Morocco using coronavirus to curb freedoms, activists say

Algeria and Morocco appear to be using the coronavirus pandemic to quietly silence dissent and arrest journalists who are reporting on the ...

Emile Nakhleh

Could MbS' power grab unravel Al Saud rule?

Comment: The Saudi crown prince's rise to power has in effect destabilised his country, and by extension Al Saud control, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

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Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

Some of those arrested in the latest crackdown were reportedly figures close to the Saudi establishment.

Arash Azizi

Iran sanctions put us all at risk during coronavirus

Comment: The disastrous coronavirus outbreak in Iran shows two things: the need for reform, and the dangers of state collapse, writes Arash ...

Saudi Arabia detains senior members of the royal family

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Saudi Arabia detains senior members of the royal family

The detentions mark the latest crackdown by MbS, who has consolidated his grip on power with the imprisonment of prominent clerics and activists ...

MbS orders arrest of uncle, cousins over 'coup plot'

The New Arab

MbS orders arrest of uncle, cousins over 'coup plot'

The detentions mark the latest crackdown by MbS, who has consolidated his grip on power with the imprisonment of prominent clerics and activists ...

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Alainna Liloia

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Comment: As long as men preside over decisions on gender reform, women's rights in Saudi Arabia will never go beyond a PR move, writes Alainna ...

Palestinian-Jordanian cleric faces Emirati court for 'spreading hatred'

Kamal Afzali

Palestinian-Jordanian cleric faces Emirati court for 'spreading hatred'

An Emirati criminal court claimed Wassim Youssef had threatened 'national unity and public order' for a Twitter post directed at those who ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia issues death sentence for juvenile offenders

The charges facing the group relate to the 'crime' of burying the victims of extrajudicial government killings of Shia dissidents during a 2012 crackdown on protests.

The New Arab

Jordan condemns Israeli extension of high-speed Jerusalem Tel-Aviv train

Jordan has custodianship over holy sites in East Jerusalem.

Omar Brouksy

Morocco: Silencing the last dissenting voices

Comment: A wave of repression has rained down on Moroccans who criticise King Mohamed VI on social media, writes Omar Brousky.

Paul McLoughlin

Jordan's cool criticism of the 'Deal of the Century'

Jordan's Wadi Araba peace treaty with Israel is on ice, but rumours it could end are premature.

Iranians must have 'right to choose' at polls: Rouhani

The New Arab

Iranians must have 'right to choose' at polls: Rouhani

Controversy has been raging for the last fortnight, pitting the coalition that supports Rouhani's government against the Guardian Council, which ...

Hind Berji

Saudi Arabia's inclusion of Chinese as a third language

The addition of the Chinese language to Saudi curriculums reveals a carefully planned strategic partnership that points beyond linguistic ...

Jordan's King Abdullah rejects Trump's 'Deal of the Century'

The New Arab

Jordan's King Abdullah rejects Trump's 'Deal of the Century'

Jordan's King Abdullah has blasted a proposed US peace plan for the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia hacked Bezos' phone, Trump couldn't care less

Dan DePetris

Saudi Arabia hacked Bezos' phone, Trump couldn't care less

Comment: The lack of official US reaction yet again provides Saudi Arabia with a sense that they can do pretty much anything, writes Dan ...

Vicious treatment of Meghan exposes a deeply racist UK

Malia Bouattia

Vicious treatment of Meghan exposes a deeply racist UK

Comment: Coverage of Meghan and Harry shows that when it comes to racism, the media remains woefully unable to conduct a reasonable, and ...

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