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Vaccination will become a 'mandatory condition' for both public and private sector employees to return to in-person working.

Drought in Jordan is continuing to affect the crops and livelihoods of farmers, who are hoping for rain.

Covid fears could bar Hajj pilgrims for second year

The New Arab Staff

Covid fears could bar Hajj pilgrims for second year

While new variants of Covid-19 are spreading across the globe, Saudi Arabia is looking to prohibit foreign pilgrims from carrying out the annual Hajj.

New 49,000-megapixel Saudi Kaaba photos send #BlackStone trending

The New Arab Staff

New 49,000-megapixel Saudi Kaaba photos send #BlackStone trending

The release of the new Kaaba images comes after a year in which access to Mecca's Grand Mosque has been limited by Covid-19.

British victim of deadly Israeli religious festival crush named

The New Arab Staff

British victim of deadly Israeli religious festival crush named

Moshe Bergman, a trainee rabbi from Salford, has been named as a victim of the recent crush in Israel, which killed 45 people.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia to lift travel curbs on 'immunised' citizens

Saudi Arabia will permit citizens immunised against Covid-19 to travel abroad from May 17, the interior ministry said Sunday, more than a year after Saudis were barred from external trips.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel funerals for pilgrimage deaths to resume after Sabbath

Burials for the victims of a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site will continue on Saturday evening at the end of the Sabbath, the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Netanyahu calls stampede one of Israel's 'worst disasters'

At least 44 were killed during a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site on Friday.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

44 killed in Israel pilgrimage stampede

At least 44 people celebrating the Jewish festival of Lag BaOmer died in a stampede at a pilgrimage site in the north of Israel on ...

Algeria Sufism expert given jail sentence for 'offending Islam'

The New Arab Staff

Algeria Sufism expert given jail sentence for 'offending Islam'

An Algerian academic has been sentenced to three years in jail over after being found guilty of offending Islam.

Paul McLoughlin

Algerian academic faces death threats during blasphemy trial

An Algerian academic is facing death threats over comments he made on common Islamic practices.

'Immunised' Muslim pilgrims in Mecca as Ramadan begins

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Immunised' Muslim pilgrims in Mecca as Ramadan begins

The policy of requiring pilgrims to be immunised has effectively raised the Grand Mosque's capacity during Ramadan to accommodate 50,000 Umrah ...

Pilgrims gather around holy Mecca site as Ramadan begins

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pilgrims gather around holy Mecca site as Ramadan begins

Muslims travel to the holy site of Mecca to mark the commencement of Ramadan.

Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus

The Holy month of Ramadan has commenced, with millions of Muslims across the world observing the month-long fast.

Saudi Arabia approves shortened Taraweeh prayers for Mecca, Medina

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia approves shortened Taraweeh prayers for Mecca, Medina

A new 30-minute limit will be placed on the nightly Taraweeh prayers in mosques across the kingdom.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia to forbid non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah

Saudi Arabia is taking precautions to avoid new Covid outbreaks by banning non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah, starting from Ramadan.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Arabian coins found in US may unlock pirate mystery

The attack on a 17th-century Indian ship carrying pilgrims returning from Mecca sparked the 'first worldwide manhunt'.

The New Arab Staff

Ramadan: Mecca mosque to be sanitised 10 times daily

The new measures were announced as Muslims prepare to begin the fasting month in mid-April.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Yemen pilgrimage draws crowds despite war, coronavirus

A large number of worshippers are doing the pilgrimage to the tomb of Prophet Hud in Yemen despite the war and the pandemic.

Saudi Arabia replaces hajj minister

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia replaces hajj minister

The hajj minister has been replaced by Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Friday.

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Iraqis welcome Pope as 'messenger of unity'

Pope Francis used the imagery of the fabrics that make up a carpet to illustrate how Iraq's single churches, each a thread, make up the ...

Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

The New Arab Staff

Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

In-depth: Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is significant to Iraqis who have faced violence by scores of militant groups over previous years, but ...

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's ...

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

In-depth: Pope Francis is making history with his trip to Iraq, bringing a message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians while forging a path of ...

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