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President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, which was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike.

The UN had warned that an all-out assault on the province where three million people live would trigger a humanitarian catastrophe and one of the worst bloodbaths of Syria's war.

Abusing state power to quash Palestinian activism on campus

Sahar F. Aziz

Abusing state power to quash Palestinian activism on campus

Comment: Pressuring universities to shut down activism when it challenges Israel's human rights record is turning our institutions into sites of censorship, writes Sahar Aziz.

Cricklewood mosque attack: Muslim stewards 'stopped another London Bridge'

Florence Dixon

Cricklewood mosque attack: Muslim stewards 'stopped another London Bridge'

Witnesses of a Islamophobic car-ramming attack in northwest London on Tuesday night spoke of the bravery of Muslim stewards whose actions might ...

Malaysia to formally charge Najib Razak with corruption

The New Arab & agencies

Malaysia to formally charge Najib Razak with corruption

Malaysia's former prime minister will be formally charged with allegedly looting millions in state funds.

The New Arab & agencies

Germany frees Iraqi suspect in killing that sparked attacks

The 22-year-old Iraqi immigrant held as the main suspect in a deadly stabbing that sparked xenophobic mob violence in Germany last month was freed on Tuesday over lack of evidence.

CJ Werleman

Slovakia's deplorable move to criminalise Islam

Comment: Slovak politicians have publicly stated the bill is intended to outlaw all aspects of Muslim life in the country, forever, writes CJ ...

Sam Hamad

In Syria, Russia using peace to prepare for war

Comment: Russia's commitment to the 'buffer zone' in Idlib has little to do with any genuine will to avoid humanitarian catastrophe, writes Sam ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syria's warring parties welcome Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib

More than 500,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of ...

Italy urges Egypt's Sisi to solve Regeni case

The New Arab & agencies

Italy urges Egypt's Sisi to solve Regeni case

Regeni, a graduate Cambridge University student who researched trade unions in Egypt, was 28 when he disappeared in Cairo on 25 January, 2016.

The New Arab & agencies

Russian plane disappears off Syria coast, following 'Israel strikes'

A Russian aircraft has gone missing off Latakia coast, following a series of Israeli air raids in Syria.

'Dear Boris Johnson': Niqab-wearing women speak out

Sami Rahman

'Dear Boris Johnson': Niqab-wearing women speak out

The New Arab speaks to three British women who wear the niqab to find out what their experiences have been since Boris Johnson's Islamophobic ...

Israel halts deportation of French-US academic detained at protest

The New Arab & agencies

Israel halts deportation of French-US academic detained at protest

Romano was detained on Friday while taking part in a demonstration at the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

Tehran blasts Twitter for shuttering accounts of 'real Iranians'

The New Arab & agencies

Tehran blasts Twitter for shuttering accounts of 'real Iranians'

Iran's foreign minister also criticised Twitter for not clamping down on alleged US-backed bots calling for regime change.

Sudan names new central bank chief as inflation soars

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan names new central bank chief as inflation soars

A presidential order appointed Mohamed Khair al-Zubair, an ex-minister of state for finance who already served as central bank governor between ...

The New Arab & agencies

Israel to deport French-US professor arrested at demo

Israel will deport an American law professor who was arrested while taking part in a demonstration in a village east of Jerusalem.

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan swears in new 21-member cabinet

The new, slimmer cabinet was sworn in on Saturday and will reportedly focus on addressing Sudan's faltering economy.

The New Arab & agencies

Iran praises Iraq's 'pro-Tehran' parliament selection

The selection of a parliamentary speaker and first deputy could end gridlock over the formation of a new government in Iraq.

The New Arab

Sudan's newly-appointed finance minister rejects post: SUNA

Abdullah Hamduk, who was the former executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, passed on the finance minister on ...

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

The former governor of Anbar province Mohammed al-Halbusi will be the youngest speaker of parliament in Iraq's history.

The New Arab & agencies

Trump lashes ex-secretary of state Kerry for Iran meetings

US President Donald Trump lashed out at former secretary of state John Kerry for his "illegal meetings" with the "very hostile" Iranian ...

How British Muslim women are taking back their narrative

Sadek Hamid

How British Muslim women are taking back their narrative

Comment: A new generation of British Muslim women is shaping profound changes within Muslim communities and challenging lazy assumptions in ...

The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features the latest from the anti-corruption protests, and Tehran attempting to bolster its ...

Israel announces 'end to Syria humanitarian aid'

The New Arab

Israel announces 'end to Syria humanitarian aid'

Israel said it would end a humanitarian aid programme for Syria dubbed "Operation Good Neighbour".

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