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Norwegian prosecutors have called for Philip Manshaus, who admits opening fire in a mosque near Oslo in 2019, to be given the toughest possible jail term.

The first Egyptian lawmaker to contract Covid-19 has been quarantined, and Norway claims the virus 'strengthens' IS. Here are the top stories from today.

Coronavirus strengthens IS, says <em>Norway</em> military chief

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Coronavirus strengthens IS, says Norway military chief

IS militants are shielded from coronavirus in their rural hideouts and are taking advantage of the reduced security presence to stage attacks and get stronger, Stein Grongstad said.

Coronavirus takes a toll in Sweden's immigrant community

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Coronavirus takes a toll in Sweden's immigrant community

Sweden's immigrant communities have been hit harder than most by the outbreak of Covid-19.

Reporters Without Borders: Coronavirus pandemic 'amplifies press freedom threats'

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Reporters Without Borders: Coronavirus pandemic 'amplifies press freedom threats'

The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran ...

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US oil prices crash to negative amid devastating glut

US oil prices crashed to unprecedented lows as futures in New York ended in negative territory for the first time amid a devastating supply glut.

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Refugees protest under coronavirus lockdown in Rwanda

Refugees relocated to Rwanda from Libya's crowded detention camps protested the host country's coronavirus lockdown after it was extended.

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Kuwait official says Mexico 'disrupted' OPEC agreement

Oil producing countries are now waiting on Mexico's consent to finalise the OPEC+ deal. Kuwait's oil ministers says the North American country ...

Florence Massena

For domestic workers, Lebanon lockdown a recipe for abuse

Already deprived of basic rights and freedom, domestic migrant workers are now at greater risk of being abused as Lebanon remains under lockdown ...

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

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New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

The recent launch of the EU's Iran-trading mechanism, Instex, offers hope to Tehran at a time when economic deadlock and the Covid-19 outbreak ...

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Norway pleads for more aid for Palestinians amid coronavirus

So far, only 12 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished Palestinian territory under an Israeli ...

Dubai throws Emirates Air cash lifeline as travel grounded

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Dubai throws Emirates Air cash lifeline as travel grounded

Dubai's government has announced a cash lifeline for Emirates airlines as the carrier struggles with new restrictions due to the novel ...

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns across the Middle East

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Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns across the Middle East

As the novel coronavirus spread across the Middle East, several countries have closed their borders, grounded fights and imposed travel ...

Thousands attend Iran Guards funeral despite coronavirus outbreak

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Thousands attend Iran Guards funeral despite coronavirus outbreak

The funeral of a senior leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Tehran sparked widespread criticism on Monday after thousands of mourners ...

US cuts $1bn in Afghan aid over leaders' deadlock

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US cuts $1bn in Afghan aid over leaders' deadlock

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the US was cutting $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan, voicing disappointment over rival leaders ...

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EU to provide coronavirus aid to Iran

Sanctions-hit Iran is struggling to cope with a major coronavirus epidemic.

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UN 'coronavirus relief fund' to soon assist struggling countries

A UN fund proposed by Norway could soon provide relief for countries with struggling health care sectors, Oslo said.

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US pushes Afghanistan for 'urgent' prisoner release amid coronavirus

The US envoy pressed the Afghan government and the Taliban to move ahead with a delayed prisoner swap amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

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US declares virus emergency as Europe locks down

The measure came as infections and deaths soared in Europe.

Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

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Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

From thespians and dancers to fine artists and dramatists, Dar Al'Artivism's core membership comprises of the latest crop of Iraqi refugees who ...

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Ultra-rare snowfall carpets Baghdad for second time in century

Baghdad witnessed its second snowfall in 100 years this week, in the latest rare weather incidents to hit the Middle East.

<em>Norway</em> populist party to leave government over 'IS repatriation'

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Norway populist party to leave government over 'IS repatriation'

Norway will bring a national linked to the Islamic State group and her two children

Saudis share videos of rare snowfall over desert kingdom

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Saudis share videos of rare snowfall over desert kingdom

Residents of Tabuk shared jaw-dropping videos of Saudi Arabia's deserts covered in snow.

Sudan PM makes historic visit to rebel-held south

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Sudan PM makes historic visit to rebel-held south

The visit by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok marks the first by a senior government official in at least nine years.

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