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The Covid-19 pandemic has left domestic workers for wealthy Gulf families increasingly vulnerable to ill treatment and abuse.

The pandemic has plunged millions of young people in the Middle East into the kind of deep uncertainty and despair they had hoped to leave behind.

A new wave of emigration looms over Lebanon

Alessandra Bajec

A new wave of emigration looms over Lebanon

Betrayed by the ruling elite and disillusioned, many Lebanese are looking for a way out.

Lebanon's lost generation grapples with a bleak future

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

Lebanon's lost generation grapples with a bleak future

Many young Lebanese feel trapped in a disintegrating country where hope is in short supply.

Foreign workers struggle to return to UAE amid virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Foreign workers struggle to return to UAE amid virus

Despite plans to return an estimated 200,000 people to the UAE, the rules remain unclear, and many have had their applications rejected.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

China slaps tit-for-tat sanctions on US lawmakers, Xinjiang envoy

Sanctions will also be applied on the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, an agency that monitors human rights in the Asian country.

Gasia Ohanes

Syrians 'must exchange $100 to local currency' upon return

'Like a visa to your own country': Syrians say the forced transaction through regime channels will cost nationals returning over $50 ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

China, US in new spat over Uighur crackdown

The latest Chinese response followed a US announcement of visa bans and an assets freeze on three officials, including the architect of ...

The New Arab Staff

UK 'issued private apology' to Saudi Arabia over sanctions

Britain's defence minister reportedly called his Saudi counterpart to heap praise on the kingdom a day after UK sanctions were imposed on Saudi ...

Turkey holds nearly 300 migrants bound for Europe

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey holds nearly 300 migrants bound for Europe

Turkey's coast guard intercepted a tanker carrying 276 migrants on their way to Greece.

The New Arab Staff

Khashoggi's Saudi 'killers' sanctioned by UK government

The UK foreign office has designated sanctions against some of the officials involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Khaled Sid Mohand

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security ...

UNHCR calls on Hungary to withdraw new asylum rules

The New Arab Staff

UNHCR calls on Hungary to withdraw new asylum rules

The UN is urging Hungary to comply with international human rights laws, after the Budapest shut migrant crossing points at its borders

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being targeted with forced birth control measures that have dramatically slashed birth rates, a new ...

Trump to extend US work <em>visa</em> freeze until year-end

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump to extend US work visa freeze until year-end

Trump will prolong a ban on US employment permits until the end of 2020, and broaden it to include H-1B visas used widely by tech companies and ...

Arkebe Oqubay

Boris Johnson's new-model colonial policy

Comment: Johnson's decision to put the Department for International Development directly under the control of the foreign ministry is indicative of his contempt for African lives, writes Arkebe Oqubay.

The New Arab Staff

Ethiopian worker found dead in employer's home

An Ethiopian domestic worker was found dead in her employer's home in Lebanon.

The New Arab Staff

Kuwait to impose '150% increase' on expat visa fees

Kuwait will more than double its expat visa fees by September, according to a document seen by The New Arab's Arabic-language edition.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Somalia and breakaway state Somaliland hold talks

The talks are taking place in Djibouti, chaired by the country's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, while Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is ...

International Criminal Court condemns 'unacceptable' US sanctions order

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

International Criminal Court condemns 'unacceptable' US sanctions order

The ICC called Trump's authorisations of sanctions against its staff investigating potential US war crimes in Afghanistan "unnacceptable" and ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

Iraqi Shia militias are beginning to show signs of discontent as Iran's economy is ravaged by US sanctions and Covid-19.

India denies visas to US religious freedom panel

The New Arab Staff

India denies visas to US religious freedom panel

India has denied visas for a US government body that previously expressed concern over the country's religious freedom record.

US to sanction ICC officials who prosecute US troops

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US to sanction ICC officials who prosecute US troops

The White House has called a probe into alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan 'an attack on the rights of the American people', threatening ...

Turkey jails US consul employee for aiding 'terror group'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey jails US consul employee for aiding 'terror group'

An Istanbul court has sentenced Metin Topuz to almost nine years behind bars for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, despite US claims there is no ...

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