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Russia is helping the Syrian regime rebuild its military after eight years of war showed the dire state of the armed forces.

The petroleum industry's arrival on the Horn of Africa begs the important question of whether fossil fuels can bring Somalis across the political spectrum together or pull them further apart.

Loujain al-Hathloul: The woman who shook the Saudi regime

Nicola Sutcliff

Loujain al-Hathloul: The woman who shook the Saudi regime

May 15 marked an unhappy anniversary for Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul who remains behind bars and for those who care about women's rights everywhere, writes Nicola Sutcliff.

Gazans struggle to mark holy month of Ramadan

Rami Almeghari

Gazans struggle to mark holy month of Ramadan

Feature: Husband and wife Ramzy and Taghreed are finding it difficult to mark the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza as economic woes continue.

Can Iraq finally realise its potential for tourism?

Paul Iddon

Can Iraq finally realise its potential for tourism?

In-depth: With a $78 million budget allocation this year to repair its heritage ...

'Communist militants' among US partners in Syria

Sibel Duz and Omer Ozkizilcik

'Communist militants' among US partners in Syria

Analysis: The Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, an underground faction classified as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, is an ally of the US-backed YPG, report Sibel Düz and Ömer Özkizilcik.

The New Arab

Israeli NSO Group 'behind' WhatsApp, Khashoggi, Qatari emir hacks

Israeli technology firm NSO Group has come under criticism again for providing the code used to hack phones through one simple WhatsApp call.

Austin Bodetti

Deforestation and desertification in Afghanistan

If Afghans and their allies in the international community want to ready the country for a conflict-free future, they must take the natural environment into account, writes Austin Bodetti.

Haftar's Tripoli battle leaves Libyans without respite over Ramadan

Alessandra Bajec

Haftar's Tripoli battle leaves Libyans without respite over Ramadan

The persistent offensive by rogue warlord Haftar's forces is taking its heavy toll on Tripoli residents since the holy Muslim month of Ramadan ...

Elderly Palestinians dream of returning to their stolen homeland

Rami Almeghari

Elderly Palestinians dream of returning to their stolen homeland

Feature: They lost their loved ones, their lands, their homes, but not their identity. The New Arab speaks to two elderly Palestinians who ...

Ben Lynfield

Saint George still alive for dwindling Palestinian Christians

Feature: This year St George's day, a spiritually uplifting holiday for Palestinian Christians, coincided with the start of the sacred and poignant fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims.

Physical violence in Lebanon's schools 'amounts to rights abuse'

The New Arab

Physical violence in Lebanon's schools 'amounts to rights abuse'

Lebanon's schools are using shocking levels of corporal punishment in the name of 'discipline' against vulnerable children without being held accountable, a new HRW report revealed.

Karsen Breanne

The future of Egypt and uniting the youth

Egypt's youth should find a way to put aside their differences in favour of becoming a unified front in the face of oppression, writes Karsen Breanne.

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: A new battle emerges in Dhale'

This week we look at the newly-emerging battle in the southern Dhale' province, the UAE's second attempt to occupy Socotra and Trump's standing veto, among other updates.

Syria Weekly: Russian airstrikes strike terror in Idlib

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Russian airstrikes strike terror in Idlib

Syria Weekly: Hospitals and rescue centres have been deliberately targeted in ...

Syrian refugees struggle for healthcare in Lebanon

Nicholas Frakes

Syrian refugees struggle for healthcare in Lebanon

Feature: The SAMS mission in Lebanon is helping Syrian parents cope with the hardships of affording the right healthcare for their children as their struggles continue.

The New Arab

Middle East still most dangerous region for journalists

Despite promising improvements in press freedom in Tunisia, conflict and authoritarianism make the Middle East and North Africa the worst region for journalists in 2019.

A Yemeni journalist

Yemen 'welcomes' Ramadan amid war, blockade and fuel crisis

Ramadan in Yemen is even more difficult as millions of people undergo severe humanitarian conditions while armed clashes intensify in several battlegrounds.

HRW's Omar Shakir: 'I will continue doing this work'

Florence Dixon

HRW's Omar Shakir: 'I will continue doing this work'

Having spent the past 13 months battling deportation, HRW's Israel-Palestine director is intent not only on staying in Jerusalem, but on ...

Who did what to defeat the Islamic State group

Paul Iddon

Who did what to defeat the Islamic State group

Analysis: Given the multitude of nations and groups that contributed to the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Paul Iddon ...

James Reinl

Middle East drone wars heat up in Yemen

Drones are being increasingly deployed by insurgents and militias to level the playing field against better-armed adversaries, reports James Reinl.

Game of Thrones: Coalition militia rivalry grapples war-torn Yemen

Sana Uqba

Game of Thrones: Coalition militia rivalry grapples war-torn Yemen

Analysis: Militia groups in the south of the country have become increasingly divided, and have on several occasions locked heads and arms in their own battle of thrones.

Alessandra Bajec

Tripoli battle leaves migrants and refugees at risk again

Scores of migrants and refugees are at serious risk while locked in detention centres as well as trapped by fighting around Tripoli since Haftar waged war on the Libyan capital.

Sana Uqba

Trump's Yemen veto was 'pockets over people'

Congress, not the president, must vote and sign off on US participation in armed conflicts around the world.