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The United States has officially surpassed 12 million Covid-19 cases

Iran closes businesses, curtails travel amid virus surge

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Iran closes businesses, curtails travel amid virus surge

The new lockdown measures, which include shuttering most businesses, shops, malls, and restaurants, include Iran’s largest cities of Mashhad, Isfahan, and Shiraz.

More than 60 prisoners escape Lebanese jail: security sources

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More than 60 prisoners escape Lebanese jail: security sources

The prisoners broke past tight security at the facility near the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, early in the morning, according to ...

WHO warns second wave of coronavirus across Middle East

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WHO warns second wave of coronavirus across Middle East

The World Health Organisation has warned that the Middle East should prepare for a second wave of covid-19, as countries across the world ...

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Iran says to impose 'severe' virus restrictions

Iran announced "severe restrictions" across the country in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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WHO hails 'encouraging' Covid vaccine news

The World Health Organization chief hailed "encouraging" news about Covid-19 vaccines but expressed concern about surging cases in many ...

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WHO registers one-day record in new Covid-19 cases

The World Health Organization's coronavirus dashboard on Sunday showed a record daily number of new Covid-19 cases over the weekend.

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Lebanon starts two-weeks of restrictions to stem virus

Lebanon, with a population of around six million, has been recording some 11,000 coronavirus infections on average each week, the health ...

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Iranian Paralympian 'facing possible execution' for criticising coronavirus restrictions

Reza Tabrizi, a disabled bodybuilder and powerlifter, said it was 'hypocritical' to close gyms but allow religious shrines to remain open.

Jordan reports poor turnout for election amid peak Covid-19

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Jordan reports poor turnout for election amid peak Covid-19

The elections took place amid the peak of Covid-19 in the kingdom.

Jordan's parliamentary elections: New challenges, old expectations

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Jordan's parliamentary elections: New challenges, old expectations

In-depth: Amid a raging pandemic, campaign restrictions have allowed a new generation of candidates to enter the fray. For most Jordanians, ...

Iran daily virus infections exceed 9,000

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Iran daily virus infections exceed 9,000

The Islamic republic has witnessed a surge in cases since September, prompting new restrictions.

Biden vows virus action on 'day one'

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Biden vows virus action on 'day one'

Global infections have surged past 49 million and Europe has become the new pandemic epicenter in recent weeks.

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World markets rally as markets shrug off election limbo

The world watches with baited breath as the US elections slowly draw to a close.

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Lebanon locks down 115 towns in virus fight

A countrywide curfew between 9pm and 5am was also announced by the interior ministry on Sunday.

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Iran to impose new travel restrictions amid surging Covid-19

Iran is to impose restrictions on travel to major cities, including the capital Tehran, as the number of coronavirus deaths hit a new record

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Jordan's medics in danger as Covid-19 kills doctors

Authorities in Jordan have been accused of negligence after a rise in the number of healthcare worker deaths was reported this week.

Turkish president's spokesman, minister test positive

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Turkish president's spokesman, minister test positive

Both Erdogan's spokesman and interior minister routinely meet with the president.

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Iran expands anti-virus measures as calls for lockdown grow

A senior health official has said that daily fatalities could potentially reach 900 in coming days unless adequate measures were taken.

Iraq reopens Tahrir Square, epicentre of revolt in Baghdad

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Iraq reopens Tahrir Square, epicentre of revolt in Baghdad

Iraqi authorities reopened Baghdad's Tahrir Square and Al-Jumhuriyah bridge.

Tunisia imposes tough new Covid-19 restrictions

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Tunisia imposes tough new Covid-19 restrictions

Tunisia is imposing a nationwide curfew in new coronavirus restrictions.

China says latest coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang appears 'contained'

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China says latest coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang appears 'contained'

Chinese officials say that new developments appears to show coronavirus infections have been curbed in Xinjiang province.

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