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Twelve cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed inside Doha Central Prison, however authorities have denied there is a widespread outbreak at the facility.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

<em>Qatar</em> says will jail violators of face mask ban

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Qatar says will jail violators of face mask ban

Qatar's cabinet said those who violate its face mask regulations could face jail time or fines of $55,000, after the country registered a record ...

Can Gulf countries survive without their foreign workers post-pandemic?

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Can Gulf countries survive without their foreign workers post-pandemic?

Comment: Some Gulf states are looking to capitalise on coronavirus and prioritise jobs for citizens, but expatriate flight is problematic, ...

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Saudi police drag stranded Egyptian who threatened 'repatriation riots'

Saudi police this week were filmed dragging a visibly distressed Egyptian man stranded in the kingdom amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Egyptian workers stranded in Kuwait riot demanding to return home, mosques reopen in Iran, Lebanon eases lockdown measures and Dubai Expo 2020 ...

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Kuwait police disperse 'riot' by Egyptians stranded by virus

Stranded Egyptian workers in Kuwait rioted early on Monday over lack of action from Cairo to help them return home during the coronavirus ...

Ali Bakeer

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh markets three-part bonds after oil slump batters coffers

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Riyadh markets three-part bonds after oil slump batters coffers

Fund managers are reportedly expecting a multi-billion dollar transaction as Saudi Arabia prepares for the issuing of new bonds.

Stasa Salacanin

Gulf migrant workers count the cost of coronavirus

Migrant workers in the Gulf are bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic as states introduce strict quarantine measures and travel bans.

<em>Qatar</em> sends field hospitals to help Italy's virus battle

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Qatar sends field hospitals to help Italy's virus battle

The Gulf country's ruler is flying field hospitals to Italy to deliver urgent medical aid to one of the centres of Europe's coronavirus ...

Egypt 'refuses' appeals to repatriate stranded citizens in <em>Qatar</em>

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Egypt 'refuses' appeals to repatriate stranded citizens in Qatar

Some 400 Egyptians are reportedly stranded in Qatar without assistance from their government in Cairo, which has allegedly refused to ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: March 29

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: March 29

Syria and Qatar report their first coronavirus deaths, while Iranian authorities hunt for dozens of escaped prisoners in today's ...

Bahrain is angry because <em>Qatar</em> is helping stranded Bahrainis

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Bahrain is angry because Qatar is helping stranded Bahrainis

A group of 31 Bahrainis that were left stranded by their government in Qatar were welcomed in Doha, prompting backlash from their home ...

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Turkey accuses Saudi Arabia of concealing coronavirus cases

Turkey's interior minister accused Saudi Arabia of covering up coronavirus cases.

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Coronavirus exposes Arab world's information crisis and digital inequality

Comment: The coronavirus pandemic has shed further light on inequality, misinformation, and authoritarianism in the region, writes Tamara ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The coronavirus has led to a stricter clampdown in the Middle East of social gatherings. Here are five stories you need to know about ...

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Qatar announces $150 million aid to coronavirus-hit Gaza

Qatar has earmarked some of the funds to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, which the UN has warned could be disastrous in the besieged ...

Air raid sirens mark start of lockdown in Jordan

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Air raid sirens mark start of lockdown in Jordan

In one of the strictest measures yet to combat coronavirus, Jordan has ordered all shops to close and all people to stay off the streets for at ...

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Iran coronavirus death toll rises above 600

The Islamic Republic has more than 12,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic amid alarming outbreak

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WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic amid alarming outbreak

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday declared COVD-19 a pandemic, as the novel coronavirus continued to spread across much of the globe.

Kuwait cancels all flights as <em>Qatar</em> coronavirus cases jump

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Kuwait cancels all flights as Qatar coronavirus cases jump

Kuwait has announced that it will suspend all commercial flights the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Asian World Cup qualifiers postponed over coronavirus fears

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Asian World Cup qualifiers postponed over coronavirus fears

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) agreed to reschedule the matches over fears of the deadly coronavirus.

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