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Weekly Saturday Newsletter

The Best of 'The National'

Welcome to the "Best of The National", your guide to some of our most compelling and important content from the past seven days.

The National is collaborating with the Carter Centre in the US to turn a spotlight on mental health issues. We began our series with a special report on the strain frontline staff at Beirut’s refugee camps endure.

Almost 100 candidates will be contesting Tunisia's presidential election next month, including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed who officially entered the race on the last day for filing nominations.

Arthur MacMillan in New York reported on how a corruption crisis in Yemen struck at the heart of UN credibility on aid operations, underscored by allegations of corruption involving the World Health Organisation’s work in the country.

Reporter Callum Paton travelled to Italy where he covered the plight of the Roma people who are facing a government crackdown. Despite goading Italy’s minorities and embracing hard-line policing policies, the country's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is on the rise.

Don’t miss our comprehensive coverage of Hajj 2019, including personal stories, photo galleries, videos and more from the pilgrimage last week.

In Business news, we reported on Saudi Aramco’s impressive first-half results, and what they mean for the company’s eventual IPO.

Sterling’s ongoing slide against the US dollar – and, therefore, the dirham – is good news for some British expats in the UAE. Here’s some advice on ways to cash in on the pound’s plunge.

And real estate prices in Dubai face further downward pressures this year as more new properties enter the market.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, toured the vast Expo 2020 site – and vowed to make the event the best in its history.

The clashes at Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem cast a shadow of political reality on US plans for a solution to a historical problem that Washington has come to see mostly in terms of costs and benefits.

In this week’s Business Extra podcast, Mustafa Alrawi, assistant editor in chief, and Kelsey Warner and Chris Nelson, assistant business editors, discuss Aramco’s bumper first half with Jennifer Gnana, The National's energy correspondent.

And James Haines-Young, in Beyond the Headlines, looks at the history of the protests in Hong Kong.

Gavin Esler looks at the double-edged sword of mass tourism. While a hugely important part of the economy, hundreds of millions of visitors descending on a city or historical site can also be hugely detrimental.

US President Richard Nixon’s resignation 45 years ago was followed by greater accountability. We need a new reckoning, says Janine di Giovanni.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan wrote that the global economy is intrinsically connected to our environment and we must do all we can to preserve the natural treasures that we take for granted.

Enjoy,

Nic Ridley

Night editor

Updated: August 16, 2019 06:12 PM

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