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An unprecedented number of people have been left unemployed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the International Labour Organisation said in a report.

The World Health Organisation has revealed that wearing fabric facemasks still provide some protection against Covid-19.

Palestinian Authority to receive Russian vaccine 'within days'

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Palestinian Authority to receive Russian vaccine 'within days'

Israel - which rights groups say is legally obliged to provide vaccines to Palestinians - delivered at least one dose to 28 percent of its population by Tuesday.

Air pollution in Iranian cities reaches 'hazardous' levels

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Air pollution in Iranian cities reaches 'hazardous' levels

This year's contamination of air has been worse than previous, putting further strain on the country’s health infrastructure which has ...

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Charity campaigns for more oxygen in Lebanon hospitals

Lebanon is suffering from a severe Covid-19 spike and authorities have imposed a curfew in a desperate attempt to contain the virus.

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Syria's White Helmets awarded funds to produce PPE

The award-winning NGO will produce millions of pieces of personal protective equipment to protect volunteers, healthcare workers and displaced ...

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Israel to begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners

Israel has announced it will begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners over 55 against coronavirus but continues to refuse to vaccinate ...

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US-sanctioned Syrian airline delivers WFP aid to Libya

The United Nation's World Food Programme used US-sanctioned Syrian airline Cham Wings to deliver aid to Libya, prompting outrage online.

Egyptian denies 'oxygen crisis' in coronavirus wards despite videos

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Egyptian denies 'oxygen crisis' in coronavirus wards despite videos

Videos have emerged showing an alleged oxygen shortage in Egypt's hospitals.

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Sri Lanka sticks to cremation of Muslim Covid-19 victims

Sri Lanka's controversial decision to cremate the bodies of Muslims who died of coronavirus has been met with intense opposition by the ...

Impasse over coronavirus mission 'not just a visa': China

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Impasse over coronavirus mission 'not just a visa': China

China said delays to a long-planned mission by WHO experts to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic are "not just a visa issue"

2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

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2021 could be even worse for the Middle East

Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria are the countries most at risk according to the IRC Emergency Watchlist for 2021.

Detained Saudi rights advocate launches hunger strike

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Detained Saudi rights advocate launches hunger strike

Muhammad al-Qahtani, the co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) organisation, launched a hunger strike ...

Santa is 'immune' to Covid-19, says WHO

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Santa is 'immune' to Covid-19, says WHO

A lighthearted exchange between a World Health Organisation rep and and a journalist alleviated an otherwise serious ...

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Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sri Lanka cremates Muslim Covid-19 victims against religious wishes

The country's attorney-general said authorities were free to cremate 19 Muslims killed by the virus, after their families refused to claim their ...

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EU promises Gaza help with obtaining coronavirus vaccine

Gaza, ruled by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007, is under a tight Israeli-enforced blockade, a major factor in weakening the Palestinian ...

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US sanctions 'hinder Iran's access to coronavirus vaccines': report

Despite exemptions, the complicating force of sanctions on Iran's banking sector dissuade firms from dealing with Tehran, even on humanitarian ...

Yemen 'one step away from famine', UN warns

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Yemen 'one step away from famine', UN warns

Thousands are already facing a 'catastrophic, famine-like situation' in Yemen.

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Syrian doctor, rescuer to receive top US peace prize

The Gandhi peace award, organised by the peace advocacy organisation Promoting Enduring Peace (PEP), named Dr Zahir Sahloul and civil ...

Yemen in 'imminent danger' of world's worst famine

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Yemen in 'imminent danger' of world's worst famine

'Immediate action' must be taken to avert the deaths of millions in war-torn Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.

Tigray forces fire rockets into neighbouring region of Ethiopia

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Tigray forces fire rockets into neighbouring region of Ethiopia

Tens of thousands have fled conflict between Ethiopian government and Tigray forces this month.

Ethiopia state media shows alleged Tigrayan prisoners of war

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Ethiopia state media shows alleged Tigrayan prisoners of war

Violence in Tigray prompted thousands to flee to neighbouring Sudan.

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