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The border crossing between Syria and Jordan will be closed for a week, Amman said on Wednesday.

Iranian authorities have shut down a newspaper which published comments by an expert who said that official figures on coronavirus cases and deaths represent only 5% of the true total

Covid-19 cases in Damascus likely more than 85,000: report

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Covid-19 cases in Damascus likely more than 85,000: report

A new report claims the coronavirus outbreak in Damascus is 'out of control', giving a 'conservative' estimate of 85,000 cases, ninety times the official figure

World Bank intends to help fund Beirut after explosion

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World Bank intends to help fund Beirut after explosion

The World Bank has offered to look into ways of aiding Lebanon as the country sinks further into financial crisis.

Tunisia should end 'gay proof' anal tests: HRW

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Tunisia should end 'gay proof' anal tests: HRW

Human Rights Watch urged Tunisia to end the use of anal testing, used as "proof" to prosecute same-sex relations.

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Third of Afghans estimated to have contracted virus: officials

Almost one third of Afghanistan's population has been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the health ministry.

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Hindu temple to be built on destroyed mosque site

The Hindu nationalist premier will lay the foundations for a Hindu temple on the site of the Babri mosque, demolished by a mob in 1992.

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Muslim pilgrims perform last rites of hajj in Mecca

Pilgrims took part in one of the final stages of hajj - a symbolic stoning og the devil - using sanitised pebbles and maintaining social ...

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Trim for Eid: Qatar barbers and salons re-open

After being closed for four months, salons in Qatar have finally re-opened just in time for Eid al-Adha.

Friday's 'Covid Eid' takes another bittersweet turn for Muslims

Harris Iqbal

Friday's 'Covid Eid' takes another bittersweet turn for Muslims

Comment: Covid-19 has revealed the vulnerability, resilience and generosity of the UK's disproportionately impacted Muslim community, writes ...

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Dozens of health workers in Yemen 'die of Covid-19'

The virus death rate in Yemen is five times the global average and is disproportionately affecting medics, a report warned.

Greek protesters burn Turkish flag following Hagia Sophia conversion

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Greek protesters burn Turkish flag following Hagia Sophia conversion

Protesters in the Greek city of Thessaloniki burned Turkish flags after Muslim prayers were held in the Hagia Sophia, while the Turkish and ...

Covid-19: Yemen's 'unprecedented calamity'

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Covid-19: Yemen's 'unprecedented calamity'

Comment: The Covid-19 crisis has only added more vitriol and hostility to relations between the three sides of Yemen's conflict, writes Giorgio ...

Four new coronavirus cases in Syria's northeast spark concerns

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Four new coronavirus cases in Syria's northeast spark concerns

The northeastern region has recorded a total of six cases, while medical supplies run scarce.

First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

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First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

Thousands of people gathered for worship at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as it controversially reopened as a mosque after being used as a museum ...

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Confusion and fear as Iran says 'millions' have virus

Since President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday that 25 million Iranians may have been infected with the coronavirus, he has not mentioned the estimates again, let alone elaborated.

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Sudan's premier appoints civilians as provincial governors

The appointment of the governors forms part of a power-sharing agreement, singed last August between the military and protesters.

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Afghan doctor in Iran helps refugees fight coronavirus

A refugee doctor in Iran is working hard to treat other refugees with coronavirus.

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Iran reports record daily toll of 229 coronavirus deaths

Tehran is battling a resurgence of the Covid-19 disease, forcing authorities to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and reimpose ...

Afghan all-female robotics team creates ventilator amid coronavirus

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Afghan all-female robotics team creates ventilator amid coronavirus

A group of female scientists in Afghanistan have developed a special ventilator to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Israel nurses strike over staffing shortages amid pandemic

Israeli nurses launched a strike in protest of staff shortages after failed negotiations with the finance ministry.

Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons: rights group

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Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons: rights group

"Prisons had insufficient medical care and virtually no access to testing for the virus or symptom screening."

Trump says Biden is 'mentally shot'

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Trump says Biden is 'mentally shot'

Trump assailed likely opponent Joe Biden as "not competent" to lead the United States, speaking as polls over the weekend showed deepening voter ...

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

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