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The Israeli government extended the country's coronavirus lockdown as infections soar despite a rapid vaccination campaign.

Iran has been suffering blackouts across the country, and the government insists that the cause is cryptocurrency.

Meagre food ration parcels make for a Dickensian reality

Malia Bouattia

Meagre food ration parcels make for a Dickensian reality

Comment: The shameful food parcels handed out to needy parents show once again how a privatised pandemic response puts profit over people, writes Malia Bouattia.

Charity campaigns for more oxygen in Lebanon hospitals

The New Arab Staff

Charity campaigns for more oxygen in Lebanon hospitals

Lebanon is suffering from a severe Covid-19 spike and authorities have imposed a curfew in a desperate attempt to contain the virus.

Ghosn meeting with French investigators postponed: lawyers

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Ghosn meeting with French investigators postponed: lawyers

French and Lebanese investigative judges as well as the defence lawyers postponed a meeting with Carlos Ghosn

Malia Bouattia

The teachers were right all along

Comment: The government's refusal to listen to the National Education Union's advice on how to protect schools and students is nothing but a criminal display of incompetence, writes Malia Bouattia.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Mob storms US Capitol as Trump accused of 'coup'

The US Capitol was stormed by Donald Trump's supporters following the president's last-ditch effort to overturn his election loss.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump makes last-ditch bid to block Biden win

During a rally in Washington, US President Donald Trump kicked off a furious last-ditch effort to reverse his election defeat.

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Challenges plague new Afghan peace talks

Afghan negotiators are having a challenging time with the peace process.

Lebanon faces new curbs after new year Covid-19 <em>spike</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon faces new curbs after new year Covid-19 spike

The Lebanese government announced tightened restrictions through January in a bid to contain a spike in novel coronavirus infections ...

Paul McLoughlin

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are the countries most at risk according to the IRC Emergency Watchlist for 2021.

AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine approved for use in UK

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine approved for use in UK

AstraZeneca and Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with a mass rollout expected on January 4.

Iran begins first human trial of locally made vaccine

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran begins first human trial of locally made vaccine

Iran has not elaborated on its regulatory approval process or plans for more advanced trials.

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Coronavirus restrictions are keeping away the thousands of visitors who usually celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

Netanyahu gets Covid-19 vaccine to kickstart Israel's rollout

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Netanyahu gets Covid-19 vaccine to kickstart Israel's rollout

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, kicking off a national rollout over the coming days, though ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Taliban team in Pakistan as Afghan ceasefire calls grow

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation were summoned to Islamabad from Qatar, where they have been negotiating since September.

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Bahrain approves Chinese Covid-19 vaccine for use

Bahrain's state-run news agency said the Sinopharm vaccine would be available in the island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In Baku, Erdogan hails Azerbaijan 'glorious' win over Armenia

The Turkish president visited Azerbaijan, where he said that the conflict is not over but congratulated the country's 'glorious win'.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UAE says Chinese vaccine 86% effective, offers few details

The UAE said that China's Sinopharm vaccine has received "official registration" after a trial involving 31,000 volunteers showed it to be 86% ...

France's democratic decline

Sahar Amarir

France's democratic decline

Comment: Journalists are right to protest Macron's 'global security bill', but they are collateral damage. The real target is France's ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Keep up the fight', urges sister of Tunisia's Bouazizi

Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in petrol and set himself alight a decade ago, triggering a string of historic protests across the Arab world.

US to reduce staff at Baghdad embassy amid tensions

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US to reduce staff at Baghdad embassy amid tensions

The decision stems from concern about a possible retaliatory strike on the first anniversary of the US airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani, ...

Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew

Local medical and political sources warned last week of a spike in Covid-19 cases, saying the situation was "out of control".

Sisi intensifies human rights crackdown as Biden era nears

Horriya Marzouk

Sisi intensifies human rights crackdown as Biden era nears

In-depth: As the countdown to the end of a friendly Trump administration begins, Sisi's crackdown on human rights defenders is testing the ...

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