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Iranian hard-liners have criticised the charity, the Imam Ali’s Popular Students Relief Society, accusing it of misusing the organisation for political purposes and defaming the system by highlighting Iran’s problems.

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 university students outraged over in-person examinations, and more.

Iran opens trial of former judiciary deputy head

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Iran opens trial of former judiciary deputy head

Akbar Tabari is accused of obstructing "the execution of justice" against influential senior Iranian officials "by forming a criminal group".

Hardline former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

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Hardline former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

A former mayor of Tehran linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards has been elected as parliament speaker.

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Iran could have 'most infections in world', reports claims

The 46-page report by Iran's parliament research center, published online, carries the weight of being written by nonpartisan experts within the country.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Military deployment in Malaysia, cancelled New Years Day celebrations in Iran and arrests in today's Coronavirus roundup.

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Tunisia, Algeria shuts land border over coronavirus

For the first time in the history of the two countries, Algeria and Tunisia shut their land borders to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Troop withdrawals, social clampdowns, and an impending airline collapse. Here are six stories you need to know about coronavirus in the Middle ...

Defying odds: 103-year-old Iranian woman survives after contracting coronavirus

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Defying odds: 103-year-old Iranian woman survives after contracting coronavirus

A woman has become the second elderly person to recover from the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Iran, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

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Political prisoners among 85,000 temporarily released n Iran

Iranian authorities said they released some 85,000 prisoners as part of measures to combat the deadly coronavirus.

No Nowruz? Iran braces for changes to New Year

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No Nowruz? Iran braces for changes to New Year

A speech for Iran's major celebratory Nowruz event will be cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, the supreme ...

Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners amid rising coronavirus toll

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Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners amid rising coronavirus toll

Iranian authorities have released thousands of inmates from prison in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Corona busters? Iran police launch 'disinfection operation' amid outbreak

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Corona busters? Iran police launch 'disinfection operation' amid outbreak

A special police force in Iran has began a mass operation to disinfect public spaces in the country, state media reported on Monday, as the ...

WHO sends medics to Iran as coronavirus toll rises

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WHO sends medics to Iran as coronavirus toll rises

The WHO has warned that stocks of medical supplies are running low worldwide.

Shireen T. Hunter

Sanctions are testing the resilience of Iran's Islamic system

Comment: Iran's latest crisis highlights the problems of its double-headed government, and the conflict between national interests and the revolutionary goals of its hardliners, writes Shireen T. Hunter.

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US slaps sanctions as Iran marks 1979 embassy siege

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to the embassy siege as the United States announced sanctions against nine aides to Ayatollah Ali ...

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Iraqi cleric Sadr joins Supreme Leader at Iran ceremony

Moqtada Sadr's surprise visit comes at a time of deep political divisions among Iraq's Shia factions, and as Baghdad tries to walk a tightrope ...

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Iran evacuates dozens of villages as flooding continues

Flooding in Iran has cost at least 47 lives, and huge carnage to homes and infrastructure.

Iran's secret prison massacres revealed

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Iran's secret prison massacres revealed

Thousands were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in Iranian prisons in 1988, an Amnesty International report reveals, naming ...

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Iran said to tighten restrictions on ex-president

Mohammad Khatami has been banned from appearing in the media since mass protests against the government in 2009-2010, but continues to wield ...

Rouhani's landslide quells risk of escalation, despite Trump's hostility

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Rouhani's landslide quells risk of escalation, despite Trump's hostility

Comment: Just a day after Iranians re-elected moderate negotiator Rouhani, Trump accused Iran's government of wanting death to America, and ...

Iran's re-elected president Rouhani slams US-Saudi summit

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Iran's re-elected president Rouhani slams US-Saudi summit

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani slammed US' strategy in the Middle East on Monday, while dismissing Donald Trump's summit with ...

Iran reformists storm to victory in Tehran council vote

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Iran reformists storm to victory in Tehran council vote

Following late night parties in Iran's capital following the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran moderates had another reason to ...

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