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Mosques, markets and non-essential shops will be closed and gatherings and celebrations banned, as the country battles with a severe Covid-19 surge.

The European Union pushed Washington for a proposal to export Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday, as the debate over accessibility continues.

200 Palestinians hurt after Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa: medics

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200 Palestinians hurt after Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa: medics

At least 88 people were hospitalised after Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas at worshippers in Jerusalem.

Tunisia orders lockdown amid 'worst' ever <em>health</em> crisis

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Tunisia orders lockdown amid 'worst' ever health crisis

Announcing a partial lockdown for the week-long Eid al-Fitr holiday, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said the North African country was ...

Mosques full while Pakistan's Covid wards at breaking point

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Mosques full while Pakistan's Covid wards at breaking point

Pakistan's mosques are full of worshippers despite a travel ban during Eid and far greater disruption to schools and other areas of life.

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Putin backs Russia waiving patents on its Covid jabs

Following a move by the US, President Putin has backed the waiving of patents for Covid-19 patents.

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London's Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan set for landslide victory

London's first Muslim and ethnic minority mayor is seeking a second term amid concerns about rising crime in the UK capital.

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US backs Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

The US has announced a waiver on Covid-19 vaccine patents, opening the door for vaccines to be produced in developing nations.

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Iran reports three cases of Indian Covid variant

Iran has reported three cases of the feared variant of the Covid-19 virus currently devastating India.

US envoy in Egypt for Ethiopia dam talks

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US envoy in Egypt for Ethiopia dam talks

US envoy Jeffrey Feltman has met Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a new effort to resolve the bitter dispute over Ethiopia’s Great ...

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Malian woman gives birth to nine babies in Morocco

In what appears to be the first recorded instance of its kind, a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies at the same time at a clinic in ...

Egypt will shut businesses earlier to curb Covid-19 cases

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Egypt will shut businesses earlier to curb Covid-19 cases

The Egyptian government has decided to temporarily close businesses earlier due to the potential spread of Covid-19 during the Eid Al-Fitr ...

Indian FM in G7 meeting 'possibly' exposed to Covid-19

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Indian FM in G7 meeting 'possibly' exposed to Covid-19

New Delhi's top diplomat tweeted that he had been made aware Tuesday evening of 'exposure to possible Covid positive cases'.

Covid fears could bar Hajj pilgrims for second year

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Covid fears could bar Hajj pilgrims for second year

While new variants of Covid-19 are spreading across the globe, Saudi Arabia is looking to prohibit foreign pilgrims from carrying out the annual ...

Iraq pushes vaccine rollout amid widespread apathy, distrust

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Iraq pushes vaccine rollout amid widespread apathy, distrust

It has taken a populist Shia cleric's public endorsement of vaccinations - and images of him getting the shot last week - to turn things around.

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Iraq health minister resigns over deadly hospital fire

While Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had opted to suspend him in the wake of the fire, Hassan al-Tamimi stepped down of his own accord, a government statement said.

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Dbeibah and Draghi: A new era in Italy-Libya relations

Analysis: With new leaders in both countries, the relationship between Italy and Libya could be at a decisive turning point.

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Deadly oxygen shortages as India nears 20 million cases

India's total coronavirus caseload has become close to 20 million as oxygen shortages in hospitals continue.

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Pakistan tightens borders as Covid-19 cases soar

Pakistan has crossed land crossings with Iran and Afghanistan as coronavirus cases surge.

Covid-19 spread slowing in Lebanon, says <em>health</em> <em>minister</em>

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Covid-19 spread slowing in Lebanon, says health minister

The spread of Covid in Lebanon is beginning to slow, the country's health minister has said.

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Israel funerals for pilgrimage deaths to resume after Sabbath

Burials for the victims of a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site will continue on Saturday evening at the end of the Sabbath, the Jewish day of ...

Egypt registers 'world record' of Covid deaths among doctors

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Egypt registers 'world record' of Covid deaths among doctors

Sixty-one doctors have died from coronavirus since the start of April, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate announced this week.

Despite 3-week lockdown, many on the move in Turkey

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Despite 3-week lockdown, many on the move in Turkey

The lockdown, which spans the rest of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, aims to reduce coronavirus infections to around 5,000 per day

Algeria provides Tunisia with oxygen supplies after Covid outbreak

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Algeria provides Tunisia with oxygen supplies after Covid outbreak

Tunisia was able to overcome oxygen shortages thanks to help from the international community, including neighbour Algeria.

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