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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

05 July, 2020

In today's roundup: Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy dies after contracting the COVID-19, Iran and Morocco report new record one-day virus death toll and the Gulf sees a spike in infections.

Saudi Arabia, UAE see spike in coronavirus cases

05 July, 2020

After easing coronavirus measures last month, the two Gulf countries saw a spike in daily Covid-19 infections.

Zanzibar's forgotten legacy of slavery and ethnic cleansing

03 July, 2020

The 1964 mass killings in Zanzibar and the slavery which preceded them highlight uncomfortable issues about Arab-African relations at a time when the world focuses on race.

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

03 July, 2020

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but analysts say that route is a mirage

Iran building naval base on Indian Ocean

23 June, 2020

Relations between Iran and its neighbours remain tense.

Iran arrests members of 'heretical' Shia group

22 June, 2020

A group of was arrested for distributing material both online and in public, critical of mainstream Shia doctrine, including the coming of Imam Mahdi.

Arab League plans urgent meeting on Libya

19 June, 2020

The Arab League plans to hold an urgent virtual meeting between foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing Libyan conflict.

Omani shot dead on UAE border

18 June, 2020

An Omani citizen was shot dead on the border with the UAE.

Iran navy test-fires new cruise missiles

18 June, 2020

Iran navy is testing new cruise missiles in the Gulf of Oman.

Qatar Airways says no new planes in 2021

18 June, 2020

Qatar Airways has decided it will not make any new aircrafts in for the next two years.

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