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Two explosions targeting a liquor store in Baghdad killed at least one person and injured another, local news reported.

Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic.

No Nowruz? Iran braces for changes to New Year

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No Nowruz? Iran braces for changes to New Year

A speech for Iran's major celebratory Nowruz event will be cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, the supreme leader said.

Khamenei cancels Persian new year speech due to virus

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Khamenei cancels Persian new year speech due to virus

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has cancelled an annual speech marking the start of the Persian new year, as the country's death ...

Netanyahu announces two-week quarantine for all arrivals

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Netanyahu announces two-week quarantine for all arrivals

Israel will impose a two-week quarantine on all travellers entering the country, as the new coronavirus spreads.

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Iran sees 43 deaths from coronavirus in one day

Dozens more coronavirus deaths in Iran have brought the country's virus-related death toll to 237.

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Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners amid rising coronavirus toll

Iranian authorities have released thousands of inmates from prison in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Iran bootleg booze touted as 'corona cure' kills dozens

Rumours the bootleg alcohol in Iran could cure the deadly coronavirus have killed at least 27 people so far, authorities confirmed.

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Oman readies new 'sin tax' on booze and cigarettes

Oman is hoping to boost state revenues by introducing a new sin tax on energy drinks, cigarettes and alcohol.

Indonesia crushes 18,000 bottles of bootleg alcohol for Ramadan

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Indonesia crushes 18,000 bottles of bootleg alcohol for Ramadan

In an annual Ramadan display, 18,000 bottles of illegal alcohol were crushed by a steamroller in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

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Oman to double price of booze, cigarettes, energy drinks

Oman is to introduce a new sin tax on energy drinks, cigarettes and alcohol.

Israel to fund Jews-only <em>booze</em> cruises

David Sheen

Israel to fund Jews-only booze cruises

Comment: The Israeli government's crusade against mixed couples is a bigoted and futile policy, writes David Sheen.

Riyadh condemns World Cup 'Saudi beer' after backlash

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Riyadh condemns World Cup 'Saudi beer' after backlash

Saudi Arabia has condemned a German brewery for producing "offensive" beer bearing the conservative kingdom's flag after a social media backlash.

Battle of the bottle: Iraq's love-hate relationship with <em>booze</em>

Paul Iddon

Battle of the bottle: Iraq's love-hate relationship with booze

Analysis: While Iraq's drinking culture is not as open and vibrant as it once was, there are bright embers of that dying fire still glowing ...

US military contractors in Iraq 'employed prostitutes, smuggled <em>booze</em>'

The New Arab

US military contractors in Iraq 'employed prostitutes, smuggled booze'

A US security firm contracted by the US government to secure an Iraqi air base turned a blind eye to its employees hiring prostitutes, smuggling ...

The New Arab & agencies

Tourism to food, Buddhist Thailand hunts Muslims' 'halal gold'

Buddhist Thailand is chasing halal gold as it welcomes Muslim visitors and touts its wares to the Islamic world.

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Iraqi town brings back booze to clear IS hangover

An Iraqi town near Mosul that has recently been retaken from the Islamic State group has resumed the sale and consumption of alcohol despite a ...

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Keeping spirits high: Iraqi soldiers 'need drink to fight'

Iraqi troops battling to liberate Mosul from Islamic State group need a bit of Dutch courage, a top Iraqi politician has said, and urged Baghdad ...

The New Arab & agencies

Business as usual for alcohol shops in Iraqi Kurdistan

Alcohol shops remain open for business in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region following Baghdad's booze ban.

Iraqi president calls for revision of alcohol ban

The New Arab

Iraqi president calls for revision of alcohol ban

Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Wednesday called for parliament to revise a law passed over the weekend that included a provision banning alcohol, ...

The New Arab

Where to get a drink in the Middle East

A decision by the Iraqi parliament to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, has put the country in the ranks of other Middle East ...

Want a free Israel trip? Just get Oscar nominated

Sana al-Yemen

Want a free Israel trip? Just get Oscar nominated

Blog: Israel is fighting back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by giving away trips reportedly worth $55,000 in swag bags ...

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