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Eco-theology has the potential to reshape environmental protection in the Middle East.

Comment: We must act now to ensure a perfect storm of lost schooling, increased child poverty, and deep budget cuts don't lead to unprecedented reversals in education, writes Kevin Watkins.

Lebanon starts talks with IMF to rescue economy

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon starts talks with IMF to rescue economy

Under the rescue plan, Lebanon will seek more than $10 billion in financial support on top of $11 billion in grants and loans already pledged by international donors in 2018.

Oil prices, coronavirus could lead to Saudi austerity drive

The New Arab

Oil prices, coronavirus could lead to Saudi austerity drive

Saudis may have to tighten their belts as low oil prices and coronavirus lockdowns hit.

Can Sisi ride out coronavirus and Egypt's crippled economy?

Jean-Pierre Sereni

Can Sisi ride out coronavirus and Egypt's crippled economy?

Comment: While the army continues to tighten its grip on the economy, Egypt is facing new challenges, including a towering debt the collapse of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russia sends warships to Syria as Turkey tensions soar

A Russian military spokesman said two Russian frigates were transiting the Bosphorus, a route normally taken by Russian naval ships to back Moscow's operations in Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

UAE to open first nuclear power plant in region

The Barakah plant, located on the Gulf coast west of Abu Dhabi, is the first nuclear power plant in the region.

Sabena Siddiqui

Greta Thunberg's message for the Middle East at Davos

The climate theme at Davos has enormous relevance for the Middle East, where rising sea levels, harsher droughts and increased temperatures will ...

The New Arab

UAE organises session for the first time at WEF

The forum will include leaders from the Middle East as well as US President Donald Trump and community leaders like Greta Thunberg, and they ...

UAE to 'go nuclear' in next few months

The New Arab & agencies

UAE to 'go nuclear' in next few months

The first of the four nuclear reactors at the Barakah plant had been due to come online in late 2017, but was delayed several times.

Ramona Wadi

Israel is using Expo 2020 Dubai to fast-track normalisation

Comment: Arab states' willingness to fall in line with Israel's plan for normalisation is bad news for Palestinians, writes Ramona Wadi.

Inside Israel's battle for influence in Latin America

Charlie Hoyle

Inside Israel's battle for influence in Latin America

In-depth: A rise in right-wing populism and the growing influence of evangelical Christians have galvanised Israel's influence across Latin ...

Saudi Aramco IPO fails to attract Western investors

Sabena Siddiqui

Saudi Aramco IPO fails to attract Western investors

The sale of the largest oil company in the world did not create waves, and globally it got a very lacklustre reception, much to Riyadh's ...

Saudi Aramco pursuing war, terror insurance after attacks

The New Arab

Saudi Aramco pursuing war, terror insurance after attacks

Attacks on two of the Saudi state oil giant's facilities in September temporarily knocked out 5 percent of the world's crude oil supply.

Surrounded by sea, Qatar explores fish farming

Sebastian Castelier

Surrounded by sea, Qatar explores fish farming

Qatar's ambitious self-sufficiency policy forecasts growth in the local production of fish to meet 90% of the country's annual need by 2023.

The New Arab & agencies

UN postpones of 100,000 Rohingya to 'flood-prone' island postponed

Groups have expressed reservations about moving people to the island, which is regularly hit by devastating cyclones.

Stasa Salacanin

Turkey expands its military base and influence in Qatar

Cooperation between Turkish and Qatari militaries has notably intensified since the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar, and Turkey is only but ...

Imad K. Harb

Beware the military management of Algerian and Sudanese transitions

Comment: Protesters should be cautious and refuse to relinquish the process of change to the military, writes Imad K. Harb.

The New Arab

UN issues warning about sombre fate awaiting Iraqi IDPs

OCHA has expressed concern that refugee camps for internally displaced persons in Iraq aren't doing enough to prepare civilians for life outside ...

World Bank approves $30 million grant to Palestinian Authority

The New Arab

World Bank approves $30 million grant to Palestinian Authority

The World Bank has approved $30 million grant to the Palestinian Authority as a part of its Development Policy Grant programme.

The New Arab & agencies

Sanction Bahrain over jailed refugee footballer, say Australian footballers

A football trade union has urged the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to impose sanctions on Thailand and Bahrain over the detention of ...

In shackles, Bahraini footballer begs Thailand for his freedom

The New Arab & agencies

In shackles, Bahraini footballer begs Thailand for his freedom

A refugee footballer fighting an extradition request pleaded for his freedom on Monday, saying "please don't send me to Bahrain" as he arrived ...

The geopolitics of US sanctions against Iran's energy sector

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

The geopolitics of US sanctions against Iran's energy sector

Analysis: Sanctions against Iran provides the US with a sizeable number of consumers in need of alternative suppliers, perfectly placing it ...

Saving Syrian refugee children from becoming a lost generation

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Saving Syrian refugee children from becoming a lost generation

The sustainability of education for displaced Syrian children is threatened, as donors hesitate to predict how much longer refugees ...

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