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A senior Palestinian official accused Israel of stealing a historical Christian artifact from the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

First a Byzantine church, then an Ottoman mosque and finally a museum, Turkey's Hagia Sophia will now be reconverted into a Muslim place of worship.

Iraq PM visits slain scholar's family, calls him 'hero'

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Iraq PM visits slain scholar's family, calls him 'hero'

'I will avenge him, and God willing his killers will not go free,' Mustafa al-Kadhimi told the family of scholar Hisham al-Hashemi, who was shot dead by masked gunmen

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

In Iran, nearly 11,000 have died due to Covid-19, whereas Turkey is urging the EU to include it in the list of 'safe' coronavirus partners.

Israel orders US-based Christian 'missionary' TV channel off air

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Israel orders US-based Christian 'missionary' TV channel off air

The evangelical Christian channel will reapply for a license to broadcast, a spokesman said after the broadcaster was accused of hiding an ...

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Iran arrests members of 'heretical' Shia group

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

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Controversy-dogged Da Vinci artwork re-emerges in Saudi Arabia

'What about Islamic art?' critics ask as Saudi plans to open a museum to unveil the world's most expensive painting, Salvator Mundi, depicting ...

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Israel disputes Jesus' Palestinian origin on Twitter

After a popular satirical Twitter profile criticised Jesus' depiction as a white man, Israel's official account appeared to take issue ...

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Bethlehem's Church of Nativity reopens after coronavirus closure

The church had been closed since March 5 when an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in Bethlehem.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Saudi Arabia lifts its lockdown, Egypt's doctors lay into the government, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens and Ikea's car parks host ...

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Israeli minister threatens to shut down GOD TV

The Hebrew-language channel has drawn criticism over its aim to 'take the gospel of Jesus into the hearts of the Jewish people'.

Orthodox congregations watch Easter services from home during lockdown

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Orthodox congregations watch Easter services from home during lockdown

Televised and online services replaced the usually packed-out Orthodox Easter congregations across Eastern Europe and the Middle East as ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Orthodox Easter celebrated at home, UK criticised over ethnic minority Covid-19 deaths, Iranians permitted not to fast over ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran allows some shuttered Tehran businesses to reopen, Lebanon's Le Bristol hotel closes down and the 'Holy Fire' ceremony ...

'Holy Fire' ceremony held in empty Jerusalem church

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'Holy Fire' ceremony held in empty Jerusalem church

The ceremony, along with other events in the Holy Week leading up to Easter, was scaled back in line with a ban on public gatherings.

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Muted Easter Sunday at Jerusalem's Church of Holy Sepulchre

In the heart of Jerusalem's Old City, the church has been shuttered to worshippers along with all cultural sites in the Holy Land to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

A subdued Easter in Jerusalem, virtual wedding services and the Gulf's reckless deportations of migrant workers in today's coronavirus roundup.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Yemen reports its first case of coronavirus, Jordan imposes another full curfew and Iran announces a further 122 virus deaths in today's roundup.

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In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians mark a sombre Easter

In the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, roads are deserted and most shops have been closed for two weeks.

Palestinians continue to work in Israeli settlements despite ban

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Palestinians continue to work in Israeli settlements despite ban

Palestinians who earn a living in illegal Israeli settlements are continuing to go to work despite fears of coronavirus transmissions.

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Coronavirus signals 'end of time', Iranian, Saudi clerics believe

Thousands of people have died from the novel coronavirus so far, and Muslim clerics believe it signals the beginning of the end of time.

Israel extends West Bank, Gaza closures amid coronavirus outbreak

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Israel extends West Bank, Gaza closures amid coronavirus outbreak

No final date has been issued for lifting the closure on Bethlehem, which has been completely shut down since last week in coordination with the ...

Israel’s Netanyahu plans children’s army to battle coronavirus

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Israel’s Netanyahu plans children’s army to battle coronavirus

In a bizarre announcement, Netanyahu announced plans to deploy school children and youth groups to disinfect public spaces with bleach in a bid ...

Israel places Bethlehem on lockdown after coronavirus cases detected

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Israel places Bethlehem on lockdown after coronavirus cases detected

Bethlehem is under complete lockdown as the Palestinian Authority announces a state of emergency, closing schools and universities across the ...

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