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The UAE had previously been linked to a February ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region.

The International Monetary Fund raised its 2021 MENA growth forecast because of early inoculation of the vaccine, while saying inequalities are deepening between countries.

Is there a space race in the Middle East?

Stasa Salacanin

Is there a space race in the Middle East?

In-depth: Space has become a new frontier in the competition for political power and economic development in the Middle East.

Will Biden's Afghanistan peace plan succeed?

Hannah Wallace

Will Biden's Afghanistan peace plan succeed?

Analysis: The US president's Afghanistan peace deal may alienate the very people it aims to bring together, the Afghan government and Taliban ...

Iran, Israel and Turkey in a post-Arab Spring region

Stasa Salacanin

Iran, Israel and Turkey in a post-Arab Spring region

Analysis: Non-Arab powers have emerged as new regional centres of influence in the Middle East's changing geopolitical map.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Italy PM flies in as Libya frees Sicilian fishermen

Libya freed 18 fishermen, including eight Sicilians, after Italy's prime minister visited Benghazi to secure their release.

Yasser Louati

The glorious hype and ugly reality of French values

Comment: For the leader of a supposedly free and secular republic, Macron's attempt to preside over the lives of French Muslims is an affront to ...

Charles W. Dunne

US foreign policy in the 2020 elections

Comment: Differences in Middle East foreign policy between Trump and Biden show two very different visions of America’s place in the world, ...

Stasa Salacanin

What Biden could mean for the Middle East

Analysis: With Joe Biden leading in the polls for US presidential elections, a victory for the Democratic candidate could have major policy ...

Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic relations after normalisation deal

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic relations after normalisation deal

Israel and Bahrain have officially signed a deal establishing diplomatic relations, as well as seven memorandums of understanding in fields ...

Malia Bouattia

Muslim-British refusenik exposes UK's total complicity in Yemen war

Comment: The decision by Muslim-British soldier Ahmad al-Babati to refuse service until Britain ends arms sales to Saudi Arabia is commendable ...

What a Biden-Harris ticket means for the Middle East

Brooke Anderson

What a Biden-Harris ticket means for the Middle East

America's strategy in the Middle East has failed. But can a Biden presidency repair it?

Tough choices for Hamas over Israeli annexation plans

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Tough choices for Hamas over Israeli annexation plans

Hamas has threatened Israel over its plan to illegally annex the occupied West Bank, but analysts say the group may take a more pragmatic ...

Coronavirus contemplations: Part III

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part III

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

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

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

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 coronavirus pandemic that is reshaping our world.

James Reinl

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

Saudi organisers are accused of stifling debate about women's rights and turning the G20 event into a public relations sham.

The New Arab & agencies

Gaza factories roar back to life to make PPE

Until recently, Tamer Emad, a skilled textile worker, could work one week per month at best. He is now on the factory floor every day.

Azhar Al-Rubaie and Abdulmuhaimen Basel

After IS, Mosul's women lead the fight against coronavirus

With Mosul's health system still struggling to recover three years after liberation from the Islamic State, women in the city are leading the ...

How has coronavirus impacted conflicts in the Middle East?

The New Arab & agencies

How has coronavirus impacted conflicts in the Middle East?

On Friday, the UN appealed for ceasefires in all conflicts across the world. Antonio Guterres, its chief, warned that ''the worst is yet to ...

Sam Hamad

UAE coronavirus aid to Syrians shouldn't mean rehabilitating Assad

Comment: Don't be fooled, it's not humanitarian help UAE is offering Assad, its normalisation of his tyrannical regime, writes Sam Hamad

Arab leaders were already incompetent, then came coronavirus

Rami G. Khouri

Arab leaders were already incompetent, then came coronavirus

Comment: Weak political and economic management will now be further exposed, as coronavirus and multiple new crises roll over the region, writes ...

Israeli defence minister's hacked Twitter account shares Palestinian flag

The New Arab

Israeli defence minister's hacked Twitter account shares Palestinian flag

Israel's far-right Defence Minister Naftali Bennett is not usually known for pro-Palestinian sentiments.

Empowering marginalised women one at a time in Malaysia

Sophia Akram

Empowering marginalised women one at a time in Malaysia

#IWD2020: Many social enterprises have emerged in Malaysia to help women get livelihoods in a complex policy environment for migrants and ...

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