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Gulf states are using the Covid-19 pandemic to clampdown on online expression.

Covid-19 claims over 10,000 lives in Iraq

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Covid-19 claims over 10,000 lives in Iraq

Covid-19 has taken over 10,000 lives in Iraq, the country's health ministry said on Wednesday.

France has shut down dozens of mosques, Islamic schools

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France has shut down dozens of mosques, Islamic schools

France has shut down more than 70 mosques and private Islamic schools since January, authorities have confirmed.

Iran records highest single-day death toll from virus

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Iran records highest single-day death toll from virus

Iran had just recently recorded its highest daily death toll four days earlier with 239 new fatalities.

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Iran nuclear chief tests positive for Covid-19

Iran's Nuclear chief is along thousands of people to contract covid-19 in the last month.

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Iran's hospitals turn away non-emergency patients

Covid-19 patients have filled Iran's hospitals, meaning non-emergency treatment will now be halted as the country tries to tackle its third wave ...

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Assad’s cousin accuses regime figures of robbing Syrian people

Bashar al-Assad’s estranged cousin Rami Makhlouf, who fell out with the regime in 2019, has accused figures close to the Syrian dictator of ...

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In Saudi Arabia, first dog cafe delights pet lovers

The Barking Lot, which in June in the coastal city of Khobar, has delighted animal lovers in a country where there are few places to take pets ...

The battle to save Beirut's unique architectural heritage

Florence Massena

The battle to save Beirut's unique architectural heritage

In the aftermath of Beirut's explosion, citizens are fighting to protect the city's historic buildings.

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Hindu jailed in Bangladesh for insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed

The man was sentenced to seven years in prison for the 'obscene, derogatory and objectionable comments'.

Restrictions imposed amid unprecedented coronavirus outbreak in rebel-held Syria

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Restrictions imposed amid unprecedented coronavirus outbreak in rebel-held Syria

Local authorities in opposition held areas of northern Syria have ordered the closure of restaurants, cafes and other public gathering areas ...

Calls for Saudi teenager's arrest over Prophet Muhammad insults

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Calls for Saudi teenager's arrest over Prophet Muhammad insults

Amal al-Asmari's tweet went viral after she condemned the Prophet Muhammad and said she doesn't believe in the word of the Quran.

Iran's currency hits new record low against the dollar

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Iran's currency hits new record low against the dollar

Money exchange shops traded the Iranian rial 262,000 for a dollar.

UAE sounds warning after coronavirus cases jump five-fold

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UAE sounds warning after coronavirus cases jump five-fold

Authorities have blamed the spike in cases on the public's failure to abide by restrictive measures such as social distancing and compulsory ...

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Egypt to stop issuing commercial permits to 'successful' Syrians

Egypt has accused the Syrian refugee community of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar after their many found successes in business.

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Iraq's Jews fled long ago, heritage struggles on

With Jewish schools, shops and synagogues crumbling from a lack of maintenance, heritage experts fear there will soon be left little ...

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Gaza Covid-19 cases 'up 700 percent in a week'

Cases of Covid-19 in Gaza skyrocketed, with rights groups fearing the pandemic is spreading at a dangerous rate.

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Amnesty accuses Iran of gruesome torture in protest crackdown

Detainees were flogged, sexually abused, and given electric shocks as part of Iran's deadly crackdown on November's protests, Amnesty has claimed

Lebanon's Hezbollah hit by backlash after Beirut blast

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Lebanon's Hezbollah hit by backlash after Beirut blast

For many, Hezbollah stands at the top of Lebanon's sectarian-based system of power – and so is complicit in the corruption many blame for the ...

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Beirut residents determined to save heritage lost to blast

Residents of Beirut are gathering in an effort to rebuild the city.

Under blockade and bombs, Gazans fear Covid-19 disaster

Ali Adam

Under blockade and bombs, Gazans fear Covid-19 disaster

Fear has gripped Gaza after the first community outbreak of Covid-19.

Shia-Sunni brawl leaves two dead, 10 hurt in Lebanon

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Shia-Sunni brawl leaves two dead, 10 hurt in Lebanon

The army deployed in Khalde and arrested four suspects by the early evening, but shooting could still be heard intermittently in the area, local ...

Lebanon service sector says will rebel against lockdown

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Lebanon service sector says will rebel against lockdown

A Lebanese service industry syndicate head has said the industry will ignore a government-imposed lockdown.

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