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"Tunisia faces two immediate challenges: saving lives and livelihoods until the pandemic wanes, and starting to bring economic imbalances back to a sustainable trajectory."

The protests come as the North African nation struggles to stem the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled the economy and threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

Tunisia mothers decry wave of 'arbitrary' arrests after unrest

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Tunisia mothers decry wave of 'arbitrary' arrests after unrest

"Some were arrested without even having taken part in the demonstrations," said Bassem Trifi of the Tunisian League of Human Rights.

Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

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Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

To avoid the US sanctions imposed on Iran, traders are crossing the border into neighbouring Iraq to sell their wares.

Tunisians protest against mass arrests in nighttime clashes

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Tunisians protest against mass arrests in nighttime clashes

Tunisians took to the streets to demand the release of hundreds of young demonstrators arrested during protests.

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Tunisia's Defence Minister pressed by lawmakers on riots

Ibrahim Al-Bartaji appeared to break the silence of Tunisia’s divided political leadership on the protests in a formal statement to parliament.

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Tunisia seeks to stem wave of night-time street riots

Tunisia is bracing for protests after hundreds were arrested in four nights of street clashes between riot police and disaffected youths

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Riots rock Tunisia for fourth consecutive night

Riots continued into the early hours of Tuesday, with hundreds of protesters clashing with security forces in cities across Tunisia.

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, ...

Riots break out in Tunisian cities amid economic crisis

The New Arab Staff

Riots break out in Tunisian cities amid economic crisis

Riots erupted in several Tunisian cities on Saturday amid a deteriorating economic situation and public outrage over a video showing a shepherd ...

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Israel to begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners

Israel has announced it will begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners over 55 against coronavirus but continues to refuse to vaccinate ...

Tunisia's revolutionary demand for economic justice remains unmet

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia's revolutionary demand for economic justice remains unmet

In-depth: The political freedoms of Tunisia's revolution have not brought economic equality, with wealth still concentrated in the hands of a ...

Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

Long lines have formed outside of gas stations and bakeries as the government rationed what it has, further deepening the crunch felt by Syrians.

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

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.

Turkey extends ban on firing workers during Covid-19 pandemic

The New Arab Staff

Turkey extends ban on firing workers during Covid-19 pandemic

The ban aims to keep the unemployment rate steady as Turkey battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Trump, under pressure, signs $900 bn Covid relief bill

The turnaround came after a day marked by calls from all sides of the political spectrum for action to avert an economic and social disaster, especially for America's vulnerable populations.

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Biden warns 'consequences' of Trump block on pandemic relief

The president-elect's words come as Trump blocks a $900 billion pandemic relief package.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump blocks Coronavirus pandemic relief package

Donald Trump has caused chaos in US parliament after refusing a $900 billion pandemic relief.

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Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa's Maghreb

Turkish imports to the Maghreb region have risen sharply, especially "Made in Turkey" textiles.

Canada announces aid for Palestinian refugee agency

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Canada announces aid for Palestinian refugee agency

Canada will distribute CAN$90 million in aid to UNRWA over a period of three years, authorities announced on Monday.

Malia Bouattia

Algeria's sleeping revolution is reignited

Comment: Some said the Arab Spring would never reach Algeria, but as the people cheered on the regional protests, their own revolution was ...

US lawmakers near a vote on virus relief plan

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US lawmakers near a vote on virus relief plan

US lawmakers appeared on track to pass a roughly $900 billion Covid-19 relief package for millions of Americans, after Democrats and Republicans ...

The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

With a crumbling economy, rampant corruption and unpaid salaries, Iraqi Kurdistan's woes are intricately linked to the wider problems the ...

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Judit Neurink

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who have lost ...

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