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Iran views US reticence to continue operating in Iraq not only as a sign of weakness but as an opportunity to further cement its hold and power over Iraqi affairs.

Qatar Red Crescent is raising funds to reach the $100 million needed for a global vaccination initiative aiming vulnerable populations in 20 countries.

In Lebanon, even vaccine distribution can't escape political bribery

Tala Ramadan

In Lebanon, even vaccine distribution can't escape political bribery

In-depth: With 2022 elections approaching some Lebanese politicians are launching vaccination drives, portraying themselves as singlehandedly leading their communities out of the pandemic.

One dead, one injured in Paris hospital shooting: police

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One dead, one injured in Paris hospital shooting: police

An unidentified attacker shot dead a man and badly injured a woman outside a Paris hospital

Everyone is talking about Jordan - except Jordanian journalists

William Christou

Everyone is talking about Jordan - except Jordanian journalists

In-depth: Whatever happened - a coup, sedition, or an overzealous royal family seeking to stamp out internal opposition - one thing is clear: ...

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WHO tells Iraqis to get Covid-19 jab amid disinformation

The World Health Organization in Iraq is concerned that disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines is preventing people from getting the jab.

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Bangladesh shuts down offices, transport amid pandemic surge

Bangladesh has ordered an eight-day closure of all offices and public transport as Covid-19 cases rise.

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Egypt, Lebanon announce Ramadan to start Tuesday

Egypt and Lebanon have announced that the holy month of Ramadan will begin on Tuesday.

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Iran reports highest daily Covid-19 death toll of 2021

Nearly 65,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Iran, with Sunday as the highest single-day death toll.

Kuwait vaccinates all citizens, expats over 65: official

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Kuwait vaccinates all citizens, expats over 65: official

A total of 1,210,155 citizens and residents of Kuwait have registered for vaccination, a health ministry spokesman said.

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Mideast 'early inoculators' to recover by 2022: IMF

The International Monetary Fund raised its 2021 MENA growth forecast because of early inoculation of the vaccine, while saying inequalities are ...

Lebanon civil war survivors say today's crisis even worse

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Lebanon civil war survivors say today's crisis even worse

Lebanon's worst economic crisis has brought survivors of the civil war (1975-1990) to express their urgent concerns at the dire situation.

Conflict-hit Libya launches coronavirus jab campaign

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Conflict-hit Libya launches coronavirus jab campaign

Libya kicked off its vaccination campaign with Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah, the head of a newly established Government of National Unity.

Iran enforces lockdown amid fourth wave of <em>Covid</em>-<em>19</em> pandemic

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Iran enforces lockdown amid fourth wave of Covid-19 pandemic

Tehran and 250 other cities and towns have been declared "red zones" by Iran's coronavirus task force due their highest positivity rates and the ...

Germany's divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

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Germany's divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

Germany's far-right AfD is finalising its election manifesto amid internal division, links to radical Covid-19 deniers and ...

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Bahrain releases dozens of prisoners after Covid-19 cases

Protests by families of detainees in Bahrain have led to authorities releasing dozens of inmates from Jaw prison, following a reported surge of coronavirus cases in the jail.

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Andrea Bocelli performs in Saudi Unesco World Heritage site

The singer belted out Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in a duet with his young daughter Virginia at UNESCO World Heritage site Hegra, in the ...

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Veteran ruler Guelleh re-elected Djibouti president for fifth term

73-year-old Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since 1999, is set to start a fifth term after winning over 98 ...

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Muslim leaders battling misconceptions on vaccines, fasting this Ramadan

Top clerics have said that getting the coronavirus vaccine does not invalidate a fast, but local community leaders are working hard to reassure ...

Moroccan teacher 'sex assault' victim charged: lawyer

The New Arab Staff

Moroccan teacher 'sex assault' victim charged: lawyer

Moroccan teachers have been charged after accusing security forces of sexual assault at a protest in the capital.

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Iraq blames public for new virus record, urges vaccinations

The Health Ministry said public commitment toward heeding virus prevention measures was “almost non-existent in most regions of Iraq.”

Souad: The young, the real, the virtual

Davide Abbatescianni

Souad: The young, the real, the virtual

Film Review: Ayten Amin’s sophomore feature is an intimate look at the life of a 19-year-old girl's transition into adulthood, who ...

Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip has died: palace

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip has died: palace

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

Visit to <em>Covid</em> victims' families 'triggered Jordan royal rift'

The New Arab Staff

Visit to Covid victims' families 'triggered Jordan royal rift'

Prince Hamzah's visit was seen as undermining King Abdullah and Crown Prince Hussein, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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