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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

The latest incident follows a similar fire which swept through a coronavirus isolation ward in the capital, Cairo, last month.

Pope warns of 'mass starvation' in Syria and Lebanon

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Pope warns of 'mass starvation' in Syria and Lebanon

As Syria and Lebanon continue to struggle amid worsening economic crises, the Pope on Sunday urged world leaders to help the two countries.

Top Lebanese finance ministry official resigns amid crisis

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Top Lebanese finance ministry official resigns amid crisis

The finance ministry's director general said his resignation was a rejection of the ruling elite's handling of the ongoing economic crisis.

Egypt eases restrictions despite surge in Covid-19 infections

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Egypt eases restrictions despite surge in Covid-19 infections

Egypt has lifted restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, despite a rise in infections.

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IMF approves emergency funding for coronavirus-hit Myanmar

As Rohingya Muslims continue to suffer in camps, the IMF is providing emergency funding for Myanmar to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

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IMF approves $5.2 bn, 1-year loan program for Egypt

The new IMF funding for Egypt under a standby arrangement comes on top of $2.8 billion in emergency aid.

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Tunisian economy to contract 6 percent in 2020: premier

Tunisia's Prime Minister told parliament that the country's GDP will far worse than it did during the 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Zine ...

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Rights groups condemn Egypt's harassment of US-based activist's family

Five of Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan's cousins have been detained, in what is thought to be a reprisal for his lawsuit against the ...

Lebanon currency in free-fall amid political impasse

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Lebanon currency in free-fall amid political impasse

The Lebanese pound was reportedly selling at 6,200 to the dollar, losing more than 75 percent of its value.

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IMF cuts Saudi forecast as oil, virus hit economy

The new projection for the Saudi economy, the largest in the region, is a massive 4.5 percentage points lower than what the IMF had ...

<em>IMF</em> says reached deal with Sudan to reform economy

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IMF says reached deal with Sudan to reform economy

The IMF deal envisions increasing revenues and reforming subsidies in order to spend more on social programmes.

Jordan rolls out coronavirus electronic bracelets trial

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Jordan rolls out coronavirus electronic bracelets trial

A limited number of Jordan citizens will begin trialling the new electronic bracelet, the latest measure to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Today in coronavirus news from the Middle East: Yemen broadcasts weddings on live TV, Iranian officials call for mandatory masks, Egypt's ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Jordan is trialling electronic bracelets to monitor Covid-19 and rights groups condemned Egypt over detention of medics criticising the ...

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Jordan to trial electronic bracelets in monitoring coronavirus cases

Jordan's Health Minister Saad Jaber announced that 300 electronic bracelets will be distributed in the initial phase of the trial.

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Egypt's 1-day coronavirus infections hits new high

The figures announced on Saturday raise Egypt’s coronavirus totals to 1,484 deaths and 42,980 confirmed cases.

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Egypt to open tourist destinations less hit-hard by virus

The decision comes even as the pandemic surges in the densely populated capital of Cairo and other major cities, where many people say they ...

Protests rage across Lebanon as currency hits new low

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Protests rage across Lebanon as currency hits new low

The Lebanese pound tumbled to more than 6,000 to the dollar on the black market Thursday, sparking protests which have now engulfed the country.

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Lebanese pound hits new low despite government efforts

The Lebanese currency reached a new nadir on Thursday, despite the government's pledges to halt the pound's devaluation.

Lebanon weighs impact of Caesar Act as economy nosedives

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Lebanon weighs impact of Caesar Act as economy nosedives

Cash-strapped Lebanon is weighing its response to a new US sanctions law targeting the Syrian regime.

'Enough is enough': The fraught return of Lebanon's revolution

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'Enough is enough': The fraught return of Lebanon's revolution

Lebanon's economic crisis has seen salaries slashed, the value of the lira plummet and the price of goods drastically inflate.

Crisis Group warns Lebanon needs urgent aid and reform

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Crisis Group warns Lebanon needs urgent aid and reform

Lebanon needs urgent international help and long-demanded reforms to shield its people from their country's worst ever economic crunch, the ...

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