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Oil drops below $20 barrel mark in 18-year low

30 March, 2020

US oil has dropped below $20 a barrel, impacted by the coronavirus crisis and over production.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: March 29

29 March, 2020

Syria and Qatar report their first coronavirus deaths, while Iranian authorities hunt for dozens of escaped prisoners in today's coronavirus roundup.

Bahrain is angry because Qatar is helping stranded Bahrainis

29 March, 2020

A group of 31 Bahrainis that were left stranded by their government in Qatar were welcomed in Doha, prompting backlash from their home government.

Qatar reports first virus death, GCC toll hits 11

28 March, 2020

A 57-year-old Bangladeshi national with chronic diseases became Qatar's first Covid-19 fatality.

Britain, US working with Saudis to repatriate citizens

28 March, 2020

Saudi Arabia is working with Britain and the US to fly citizens home.

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns across the Middle East

27 March, 2020

As the novel coronavirus spread across the Middle East, several countries have closed their borders, grounded fights and imposed travel restrictions for both citizens and tourists.

Coronavirus gives GCC markets a glimpse of post-oil reality

24 March, 2020

Comment: The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the extent to which energy producers are vulnerable to the decline in global energy markets, writes Courtney Freer.

Online disinformation campaign seeks to blame Qatar for coronavirus

24 March, 2020

Qatar, which is subject to a blockade by its Gulf neighbours, is the latest target for blame over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar attends first emergency GCC meeting since blockade

24 March, 2020

Gulf ministers, including Qatar's financial minister, agreed to work together to combat the coronavirus and its implications on the region's economy.

Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

22 March, 2020

Leading Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions through promotion of home prayer.

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