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A group of Egyptian soldiers who entered via a military-controlled airport without any screening went to a nearby shopping mall. A soldier in the group later tested positive.

The IMF said that the region's hardest-hit countries will be those that are "fragile and in conflict situations," with their economies forecast to contract by as much as 13 percent.

Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Malia Bouattia

Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Comment: The weapons deals and military training France and the UK provide to Saudi Arabia are killing civilians abroad, and harming workers at home.

Egypt's medics battle Covid-19 and state persecution

Jo Schietti

Egypt's medics battle Covid-19 and state persecution

Egypt is arresting healthcare workers who criticise the government's mishandling of the public health crisis.

Saudi spends $1.7 million on NEOM megacity PR plan

Gaia Caramazza

Saudi spends $1.7 million on NEOM megacity PR plan

Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in the NEOM project.

The New Arab Staff

Saudi postpones reforms forcing husbands to disclose multiple wives

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council ignored a recommendation aimed at ensuring Saudi women are aware if their husband has multiple wives or is already married.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi wealth fund 'shopping spree' disguises economic pain

Amid its worst economic crisis in decades, the seemingly contradictory state policy to splurge billions on overseas assets is raising eyebrows.

Gasia Ohanes

The revolt of Lebanon's marginalised Bangladeshi migrant workers

A riot that broke out inside a Lebanese waste management firm is the latest manifestation of an isolated migrant community's years-long struggle ...

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Kuwait to jail anyone flouting coronavirus face mask law

The New Arab

Kuwait to jail anyone flouting coronavirus face mask law

Kuwaiti authorities have warned that anyone not wearing a face mask in public will face jail time.

Courtney Freer

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Comment: As coronavirus and oil revenues force the Saudi government to make cuts that will impact its citizens, the fate of its grandiose Vision ...

Arab stock markets plunge almost 25% in three months

The New Arab & agencies

Arab stock markets plunge almost 25% in three months

Coronavirus and the oil price collapse have led to a 23-percent average loss for major Arab stock markets in the first quarter of 2020, ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Iran sees new spike in coronavirus cases, Lebanese troops at a military court have caught Covid-19, while economies have been battered from the ...

Rare Saudi resistance hits futuristic megacity project

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Rare Saudi resistance hits futuristic megacity project

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's dream project hit a new roadblock when a member of the local Huwaitat tribe was gunned down after he ...

BAME coronavirus inquiry will lack trust of a community

Malia Bouattia

BAME coronavirus inquiry will lack trust of a community

Comment: Trevor Phillips' role in the coronavirus BAME inquiry undermines trust from a community most in need of support, writes Malia Bouattia.

The New Arab & agencies

Arab economies take massive shocks following oil price crash

Economies across the Arab World are expected to face massive shocks, including debt crises and cuts in salaries which could potentially lead to unrest, as oil prices crash.

The New Arab & agencies

Donald trump bans immigration to US over coronavirus fears

The US president is set to sign an Executive Order temporarily banning travel to the US after thousands die of coronavirus.

Alessandra Bajec

African migrants struggle to cope under Tunisia's coronavirus lockdown

Isolated and with no access to healthcare, Tunisia's African migrant community has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

The New Arab & agencies

Syrians go home to ruins rather than risk virus

No case of the COVID-19 illness has yet been recorded in northwest Syria, but aid organisations fear any outbreak in the last major rebel ...

Hamas arrests Palestinian activists for Zoom chat with Israelis

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Hamas arrests Palestinian activists for Zoom chat with Israelis

Palestinians in Gaza are divided over the arrests of six activists who engaged in a video meeting with Israelis.

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Iran's economy slowly reopens, renowned Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji dies of coronavirus, Lebanese expats continue journey home on return ...

IMF grants $745 million to Tunisia for Covid-19 response

The New Arab & agencies

IMF grants $745 million to Tunisia for Covid-19 response

The IMF has granted Tunisia $745 to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani tests positive for Covid-19

The New Arab

Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani tests positive for Covid-19

Ali Larijani is the highest-ranking Iranian official yet to catch the virus, which has infected over 50,000 citizens.

Lebanese security forces tear down Beirut protest camp

The New Arab

Lebanese security forces tear down Beirut protest camp

Lebanese security forces began tearing down the capital's main protest camp on Friday night, where thousands of protesters had demonstrated ...

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