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Jordan has banned all forms of smoking in closed public spaces in the country's latest effort to battle Covid-19.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization sought to downplay the fire, calling it an 'incident' that damaged a construction.

UN adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

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UN adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

The resolution, drafted by France and Tunisia, calls for "an immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations" on the Security Council's agenda.

WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' of virus

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WHO says Mideast at 'critical threshold' of virus

The WHO confirmed on Sunday there were more than one million cases of the COVID-19 disease stretching from Morocco to Pakistan.

Iraq says coronavirus deaths surpass 2,000

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Iraq says coronavirus deaths surpass 2,000

According to the World Health Organization, there are 14 hospital beds per 10,000 inhabitants in Iraq.

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UN and West spar with Russia over Syria aid

The UN and the West have warned Russia that halting cross-border deliveries would cause 'suffering and death'.

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Syria facing 'unprecedented' hunger crisis amid coronavirus outbreak: UN

The United Nations has warned that Covid-19 and the deteriorating economic situation in Syria could prove to be a cocktail of disaster for the ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

WHO chief warns virus pandemic 'accelerating' and refugees in Jordan are vulnerable due to the pandemic and lockdown measures. Here's your daily ...

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More than 94,000 Yemenis displaced since January, UN says

Around 5,200 people have been able to return to their places of origin since January, the UNHCR said.

US to sanction ICC officials who prosecute US troops

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US to sanction ICC officials who prosecute US troops

The White House has called a probe into alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan 'an attack on the rights of the American people', threatening ...

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Yemen in Focus: Houthi rebels impose 'discriminatory' religious tax

This week we focus on the Houthis' new 'Khums' tax, rumoured 'mercy injections' and more.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Turkey continue to ease restrictions, Iran sends aid to Venezuela and another UAE cargo plane lands in Israel without ...

WHO urges new lockdowns in Pakistan amid virus spike

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WHO urges new lockdowns in Pakistan amid virus spike

Pakistan did not "any of the pre-requisite conditions" for the opening of the lockdown, the WHO said in letter on Tuesday.

Yemen's rebels crack down as Covid-19 and rumours spread

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Yemen's rebels crack down as Covid-19 and rumours spread

Houthi rebels have suppressed information about the novel coronavirus, severely punished those who speak out, enforced little mitigation ...

WHO: coronavirus situation 'worsening' worldwide, urges safe protesting

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WHO: coronavirus situation 'worsening' worldwide, urges safe protesting

The World Health Organization said that the coronavirus pandemic situation was worsening around the globe, as it ...

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Energy politics cripple Iraq's hopes for economic recovery

Iraq is heavily reliant on the goodwill of its neighbours for both energy and investments, meaning Baghdad has very little leverage to stand up to other powers.

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Saudi seeks to raise $2.3bn in Yemen donor conference

Saudi Arabia is seeking to raise billions of dollars for Yemen, despite leading a coalition that has been accused of war crimes in the war-torn ...

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Palestinian BDS movement backs #BlackLivesMatter anti-police brutality protests

The largest Palestinian boycott coalition released a statement to announce its resolute solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter protesters ...

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Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO

Donald Trump has ramped up his rhetoric against the WHO a month after cutting funding for the international health body.

UN officials appeal for Yemen funding amid coronavirus pandemic

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UN officials appeal for Yemen funding amid coronavirus pandemic

UN agencies appealed to donors for emergency funds for Yemen, saying they were 'increasingly alarmed' about the rapid spread of coronavirus in ...

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Israel tests 100,000 to prevent pandemic 'second wave'

Despite faring relatively well compared to some countries, Israel is already preparing for a second wave in coronavirus cases.

WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment

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WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization had "temporarily" suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential ...

Sudan vehicle crash kills at least 43

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Sudan vehicle crash kills at least 43

A vehicle collision on a highway in Sudan's Darfur region killed at least 43 people, police said.

Egypt arrested 10 reporters since coronavirus outbreak: rights group

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Egypt arrested 10 reporters since coronavirus outbreak: rights group

Egypt's government has arrested at least 10 journalists during the country's coronavirus outbreak, according to a local rights group.

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