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Harsh weather is said to be hampering rescue efforts to find six other seamen from the Palau-flagged vessel still unaccounted for. Five have so far been rescued.

Indonesian divers returned to a wreckage-littered seabed off Jakarta hunting for black boxes that will likely be key to unlocking the mystery of why a jet fell from the sky

Biden says Trump Pentagon stalling transition, creating security risks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Biden says Trump Pentagon stalling transition, creating security risks

US President-elect Joe Biden has said that Donald Trump’s recent appointees at the Pentagon were stalling and refusing to provide necessary information for the presidential transition.

Egyptian bodybuilder crowned Mr Olympia 2020

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian bodybuilder crowned Mr Olympia 2020

Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay was crowned Mr Olmypia, winning a $400,000 cheque and becoming the second Arab in history to be recognised as the ...

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the ...

Mitchell Plitnick

Trump's follows Netanyahu's example to silence Israel critics

Comment: Trump is using a highly problematic definition of anti-Semitism to silence rights groups, while right-wing anti-Semitic violence flourishes, writes Mitchell Plitnick.

Dalia Mogahed

Partisanship, not piety, predicts political views

Comment: While religion has the power to inspire, legitimise and manipulate, a new study shows it has little bearing on political positions, ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

French Muslims, stigmatized by attacks, feel under pressure

French Muslims are facing increasing pressure and stigmatization as a result of a series of violent attacks carried out by extremists and ...

Al-Sharif Nassef

In Pennsylvania, a bright new future is emerging

Comment: Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, and our sizeable Arab and Muslim community has a vital role to play in the 2020 election and ...

Arab-Americans, it's time to flip Ohio blue

Laila Ujayli

Arab-Americans, it's time to flip Ohio blue

Comment: As Arab-Americans, we feel the sting of both Republican and Democrat foreign policy failures personally. But now is no time for voter ...

Narjas Zatat

#FreeToBeOnline calls for protection of girls against online harassment

Young women's access to the internet is not only curtailed, but in many places, including in parts of the Middle East, they face many dangers on ...

Soura film festival's quest to normalise Mideastern queer stories

Jad Salfiti

Soura film festival's quest to normalise Mideastern queer stories

Middle Eastern queer cinema has yet to achieve a commercial blockbuster, but its ideas are being embraced, writes Jad Salfiti in this preview of ...

How Facebook stifles local media to protect India's BJP

Hanan Zaffar and Aamir Aijaz

How Facebook stifles local media to protect India's BJP

Independent media outlets say Facebook is restricting content criticising the Hindu nationalist BJP, while failing to curtail hate speech by the ...

Islamic State threat 'growing' in west Syria

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Islamic State threat 'growing' in west Syria

Conditions in the region controlled by Syrian regime are now "as bad or worse" than they were leading up to the rise of IS, the general warned.

Joe Biden makes first public appearance in over month

The New Arab & agencies

Joe Biden makes first public appearance in over month

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, emerged from more than two months of seclusion, wearing a black face mask.

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Comment: The Covid-19 era marks a new chapter in the erosion of refugee rights in Lebanon, and policymaking that excludes their access to protection and services, writes Tamirace Fakhoury.

Taufiq Wan

Will Saudi Arabia announce the 'wrong' date for Ramadan?

Which day does Ramadan begin? The answer depends on who you ask.

Sebastian Castelier

After coronavirus, Oman's hoteliers vow to 'think differently'

As Oman's tourism industry matures and expectations evolve, global hotel brands might be less needed to attract visitors. Independent hotels ...

Aidan Chivers

Cause for optimism as Tunisia plans first Jewish museum

A new Jewish museum in Tunisia seeks to promote the country's rich and plural heritage.

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Alainna Liloia

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Comment: As long as men preside over decisions on gender reform, women's rights in Saudi Arabia will never go beyond a PR move, writes Alainna ...

Malia Bouattia

The speech that stunned French Oscars into embarrassed silence

Comment: The powerful speech Aïssa Maïga gave about the lack of diversity in French cinema was received by France's glitterati with deafening ...

Turkey probes pilots after plane crash kills three

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey probes pilots after plane crash kills three

Two Turkish pilots are under investigation for possible negligence after their plane crashed on the runway in Istanbul, killing three passengers ...

#WorldHijabDay must show more to Muslim women than headscarves

Mariam Khan

#WorldHijabDay must show more to Muslim women than headscarves

World Hijab Day is a well-intentioned attempt to raise awareness about the prejudices Muslim women face, but is the campaign misguided?

Greta Thunberg's message for the Middle East at Davos

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 ...

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