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Comment: A year after the 'Palacegate' protests that saw so many incarcerated, Egypt's streets are a grim mix of apathy, fear and resentment towards the regime, writes Sam Hamad.

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need to know

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

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.

Ramadan robbed of joy for Rohingya refugees under lockdown

Anu Shukla

Ramadan robbed of joy for Rohingya refugees under lockdown

With lockdown measures and food shortages at refugee camps, Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh face a challenging Ramadan.

Up to 150 Saudi royals have coronavirus: report

The New Arab

Up to 150 Saudi royals have coronavirus: report

Prince Faisal bin Bandar Abdulaziz Al-Saud, governor of Riyadh and nephew of King Salman, is currently in ICU care after being infected.

Sam Hamad

Coronavirus spreads in Egypt, Sisi puts truth on lockdown

Comment: The main victims of Sisi's efforts to obscure the truth will be the poorest Egyptians, writes Sam Hamad.

Carmen Geha

Beirut under quarantine

Comment: With no safety net, and privatised, corrupt interests running basic services, Lebanon is woefully under-prepared to respond to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt thunderstorms bring torrential flooding, killing 21

Most of the victims were in rural areas and slums but apartments in some of the country's richest neighbourhoods have also been flooded.

Sam Hamad

Mubarak is dead, but the pharaoh state lives on

Comment: The pharaoh is dead, but the Egypt of rampant corruption and every day savagery that Mubarak had a definitive hand in creating is ...

Why Trump's India visit is more theatre than substance

Tahir Hussain Sofi

Why Trump's India visit is more theatre than substance

In-depth: Trump's visit to India is billed as historic, but it's likely more about optics and theatre for domestic consumption rather than grand ...

Mel Plant

Egypt is building a concrete wall around Sharm el-Sheikh

Investigation: Desperate for foreign cash, the Egyptian regime has cooked up a plan to revive the tourist mecca of Sharm el-Sheikh by building a ...

Pakistan orders release of cleric who led anti-Bibi protests

The New Arab & agencies

Pakistan orders release of cleric who led anti-Bibi protests

Khadim Hussain Rizvi's release comes days after Asia Bibi left Pakistan following repeated threats to her life.

Not Deal, but chutzpah of the Century

Azmi Bishara

Not Deal, but chutzpah of the Century

Comment: The ideas of the 'Deal of the Century' are already a reality, it will simply confer legitimacy on what Israel has snatched by force, ...

Asia Bibi, Pakistani-Christian acquitted of blasphemy, flees to Canada

The New Arab & agencies

Asia Bibi, Pakistani-Christian acquitted of blasphemy, flees to Canada

Pakistani-Christian Asia Bibi's case swiftly became the most infamous in Pakistan, drawing worldwide attention to extremism in the country where ...

What Brazil can tell us about Egypt's civil-military relations

Robert Springborg

What Brazil can tell us about Egypt's civil-military relations

Comment: Egypt's military is as politically entrenched as its Brazilian counterpart was during the 'intense repression' period of its military ...

Sam Hamad

A cabinet of kleptocracy in Sisi's pseudo-parliament

Comment: In Egypt's recent election Sisi was simply re-anointed as president without any fuss, but the ghosts of the revolution will persist, writes Sam Hamad.

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya's smugglers are getting rich dealing in migrant lives

In-depth: Human traffickers are making fast cash on the migrant trade, yet many desperate people are willing to pay any price to escape, reports ...

David Sheen

Israel's war on African refugees is inspiring white supremacists

Comment: Netanyahu's racist, anti-African immigration policies are bringing cheer to white supremacists on both sides of the Atlantic, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest film 'gives refugees humanity'

A 23-country epic about the migration crisis by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, aiming to "give refugees humanity", has had its international premiere ...

The Middle East's graveyard cities

James Denselow

The Middle East's graveyard cities

Comment: As the battle for Mosul reaches its zenith, it's worth considering the huge scale of the reconstruction challenge ahead, writes James ...

The New Arab

Christmas surprise: Sisi vows construction of Egypt's 'largest' church

During a Coptic Christmas mass service on Saturday, President Sisi promised to oversee the construction of Egypt's largest mosque and church, ...

Algeria continues fierce crackdown on illegal migration

The New Arab

Algeria continues fierce crackdown on illegal migration

Algerian authorities have continued to raid a number of neighbourhoods in the capital Algiers where migrants live, following a government pledge ...

The uncertain future of France's refugee camps

Sophia Akram

The uncertain future of France's refugee camps

Comment: NGOs in France have built a model refugee camp and the state now wants to take it over. But do their long-term intentions involve ...

The untouchables: Yemen's Marginalised forgotten in the war

The New Arab & agencies

The untouchables: Yemen's Marginalised forgotten in the war

Yemen's most marginalised ethnic group, the Muhamasheen, have been hit particularly hard in Yemen's civil war as their neighbourhoods are ...

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