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The Israel Prison Service said it began vaccinating all incarcerated people against Covid-19, including Palestinians, following calls from rights groups, Palestinian officials and Israel's attorney general.

An ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi told his followers the Covid-19 vaccine is a global conspiracy to “establish a new world order” and "turn people gay".

Jordan becomes first country to vaccinate refugees

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Jordan becomes first country to vaccinate refugees

Jordan has vaccinated its first refugee and intends to include all those living in the country in its vaccine programme.

Israel to begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners

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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 ...

Jordan's King Abdullah gets Covid-19 jab

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Jordan's King Abdullah gets Covid-19 jab

Jordan's King Abdullah and some of his family members have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus

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Locked-down Tunisia marks decade since dictator's fall

Tunisia marked 10 years since the Arab Spring revolution sent autocratic ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali but little are celebrating due to a lockdown.

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Lebanon enters strict lockdown to stem coronavirus uptick

Lebanon began its first day of a strict 11-day lockdown imposed in a bid to slow down the coronavirus spread.

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Banipal announces winner of prestigious Arabic translation literary prize

The literary magazine has announced the winner of a translation prize as a Harvard lecturer.

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WHO experts to arrive in Wuhan for Covid-19 probe

The World Health Organization team will leave from Singapore and fly straight to Wuhan, the central city where the first cluster of cases was ...

Uproar in Iran over banning of British, American vaccines

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Uproar in Iran over banning of British, American vaccines

Iranian medics sent an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani urging the government to stop politicising the coronavirus crisis after British ...

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Cuba to test Covid vaccine in hard-hit Iran

Iran is due to test Covid-19 vaccines developed by Cuba, authorities announced, after an agreement was signed by state-run Finlay Vaccine ...

Twitter removes Khamenei vaccine tweet for 'violating' rules

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Twitter removes Khamenei vaccine tweet for 'violating' rules

The US social media company announced a policy in December to crack down on what it described as potentially "false or misleading information" ...

Jordan approves China's Sinopharm Covid vaccine

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Jordan approves China's Sinopharm Covid vaccine

Amman has also approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use.

Saudi king gets coronavirus vaccine jab

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Saudi king gets coronavirus vaccine jab

Saudi Arabia's King Salman was vaccinated against Covid-19.

Lebanon faces new curbs after new year Covid-19 spike

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Lebanon faces new curbs after new year Covid-19 spike

The Lebanese government announced tightened restrictions through January in a bid to contain a spike in novel coronavirus infections ...

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Algerian president signs new constitution into law

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who returned to Algeria this week after two months in Germany, had promoted the new constitution as the "cornerstone of the new Algeria".

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Oman foresees $5.7 bn deficit in 2021 budget

The government expects revenues of 8.64 billion riyals based on an oil price of $45 dollars a barrel, 19 percent less than in 2020.

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Iran honours Soleimani, killed a year ago by US

Iran is mourning the first anniversary of the death of military commander Qasem Soleimani.

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Turkey extends ban on firing workers during Covid-19 pandemic

The ban aims to keep the unemployment rate steady as Turkey battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese vaccine shipment arrives in Turkey

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Chinese vaccine shipment arrives in Turkey

The vaccines have finally arrived to Turkey following a two-week delay.

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Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard lands in Israel

Jonathan Pollard is an American that was jailed in the US in 1985 for giving away classified documents to Israel.

Algeria president returns from Covid treatment in Germany

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Algeria president returns from Covid treatment in Germany

Aged 75 and a heavy smoker, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was hospitalised in Germany on October 28, and Algerian authorities later announced ...

Jordan journalist detained over Covid story released on bail

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Jordan journalist detained over Covid story released on bail

Jordan jailed Jamal Haddad last week with calls for the journalist's release.

Struggling artists bring smiles in war-weary Yemen

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Struggling artists bring smiles in war-weary Yemen

The conflict affected everyone and everything in Yemen, and the art scene is no exception.

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