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This year's Amman Jazz Festival is forgoing international performers and showcasing local talent in a variety of genres, with festivities taking place on the streets and online.

Faced with deserted markets, Muslim livestock breeders and traders across South Asia have turned to websites, apps and social media to showcase their animals.

#SoundOfResilience: Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite virus, economic crisis

The New Arab Staff

#SoundOfResilience: Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite virus, economic crisis

This year's Baalbek International Festival broadcasted performances, held among Roman columns, on local and regional TV stations and streamed on social media platforms.

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

Mel Plant

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist who ...

Jordan's independent <em>music</em> scene turns crisis into opportunity

Victoria Silva

Jordan's independent music scene turns crisis into opportunity

Independent artists in Jordan are finding ways to overcome the challenges of lockdown as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global music ...

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.

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Lebanon restaurants partially reopen, face faltering economy

The hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard by the government-mandated closures which followed a series of bad seasons.

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Saudi executes alleged Al-Qaeda operative who attacked festival

Saudi authorities have said Imad Abd al-Qawi al-Mansouri carried out the on-stage knife attack on the orders of an Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.

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Asian World Cup qualifiers postponed over coronavirus fears

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) agreed to reschedule the matches over fears of the deadly coronavirus.

Oman bars visitors from 'coronavirus countries'

The New Arab & agencies

Oman bars visitors from 'coronavirus countries'

Oman has become the latest country to impose travel restrictions aid mounting global anxiety over the COVID-19 virus.

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K-Pop, yoga festivals cancelled as coronavirus spreads across Gulf

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread across the Middle East and North Africa, major events around the region are being cancelled to ...

Egypt's Sinai set to host Israeli <em>music</em> <em>festival</em>

The New Arab

Egypt's Sinai set to host Israeli music festival

Egyptian authorities have agreed to provide security for the festival, as well as medical assistance, as relations with Israel enter a ...

Juliana Yazbeck modernises traditional sounds with conscious lyrics

Elias Jahshan

Juliana Yazbeck modernises traditional sounds with conscious lyrics

The New Arab Meets: Singer, songwriter and composer Juliana Yazbeck whose use of Western and Arabian string arrangements and beats tackles ...

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

The New Arab

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

An American university's Qatar campus was forced to cancel an event featuring Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila after hostile objections on ...

Saudi Arabia arrests hundreds for 'immodesty' and harassment

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia arrests hundreds for 'immodesty' and harassment

Saudi police have arrested over 200 people for offences including 'wearing immodest clothing' and 'harassment' of concert goers.

Sam Hamad

Khashoggi verdict: This is what Saudi Arabia calls justice

Comment: Just as some had hoped, the verdict on Khashoggi's killing will whitewash Saudi crimes, and pave the way for business as usual with the Kingdom, writes Sam Hamad.

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Syrian documentary For Sama shortlisted for Oscar

The films were shortlisted alongside 15 others in the Academy Awards, and in January five will be chosen to go forward to The Oscars ceremony.

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Lil Wayne 'never going back to Riyadh' after concert

The hip-hop giant proclaimed he is 'never going back to Riyadh' after headlining a show in the Saudi capital on November 30.

Charlie Hoyle

Why is Israel waging war on Islamic Jihad?

The targeted assassination of a powerful Islamic Jihad commander raised the spectre of war in Gaza. But why is Israel targeting the group?

10 Gazans killed after Israeli strike sparks cross-border fire

The New Arab

10 Gazans killed after Israeli strike sparks cross-border fire

Gaza's health ministry reported a total of 10 people killed and more than 40 wounded in the Palestinian enclave after the killing of Islamic ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt steps in to calm Israel-Gaza fighting

Seven people have died in Gaza as a result of Israeli airstrikes as Egypt steps in to try and calm tensions between the two sides.

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza

The New Arab & agencies

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza

A commander in Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad was killed by targeted Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

Lebanese fusion maestros Adonis bring protest spirit to London

Florence Dixon

Lebanese fusion maestros Adonis bring protest spirit to London

The New Arab Meets: Adonis, the four-piece Lebanese band taking their fusion of old Arabic classics and pop-rock anthems from humble village ...

Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

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Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

A young Saudi concert goer was accused of 'disrupting social etiquette' after a viral video showed her dancing in the traditional black abaya ...

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