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Libya kicked off its vaccination campaign with Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah, the head of a newly established Government of National Unity.

Tehran and 250 other cities and towns have been declared "red zones" by Iran's coronavirus task force due their highest positivity rates and the most severe restrictions in place.

Muslim leaders battling misconceptions on vaccines, fasting this Ramadan

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Muslim leaders battling misconceptions on vaccines, fasting this Ramadan

Top clerics have said that getting the coronavirus vaccine does not invalidate a fast, but local community leaders are working hard to reassure Muslims and promote vaccinations.

German firms unveil lavish post-blast Beirut port plan

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German firms unveil lavish post-blast Beirut port plan

A plan to rebuild the Beirut port area that was devastated by an explosion has been presented by a German delegation.

Iraq blames public for new virus record, urges vaccinations

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Iraq blames public for new virus record, urges vaccinations

The Health Ministry said public commitment toward heeding virus prevention measures was “almost non-existent in most regions of Iraq.”

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Indonesia 'cannot accept' delays of 100 million AstraZeneca jabs

Indonesia has an ambitious coronavirus vaccine programme. However, this looks threatened after Jakarta said 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have 'an uncertain arrival schedule.'

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Iran's Covid case total surpasses two million

Iran's Covid case total has climbed to over two million as the Middle East finds itself in facing a resurgence of the virus.

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Afghan polio workers defiant despite colleagues' murder, Covid pressures

Vaccine efforts against polio have stalled in Afghanistan and Pakistan amid the Covid pandemic but workers remain defiant, despite the ...

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Biden administration pledges $235m in 'critical' aid to Palestinians

The Biden administration's pledge of $235 million in aid to the Palestinians comes at a 'critical moment' amid the pandemic.

US Muslim groups urge health precautions for Ramadan

Brooke Anderson

US Muslim groups urge health precautions for Ramadan

As Islam's holy month of Ramadan approaches, Muslim organisations have urged Muslims to exercise caution as the pandemic remains a threat.

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Qatar reimposes lockdown after coronavirus surge

Qatar reimposed lockdown measures in an effort to contain surging coronavirus cases.

Covid-19: A year of repression in the Middle East

Nick McAlpin

Covid-19: A year of repression in the Middle East

In-depth: Amnesty International's annual report for 2020/21 reveals the scope of the abuses Middle Eastern governments perpetrated while the ...

Iran notches new daily record of coronavirus cases

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Iran notches new daily record of coronavirus cases

Iran announced a new record number of daily coronavirus cases, as the country faces its fourth wave.

Lebanon <em>vaccine</em> rollout neglects refugees, migrants: HRW

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Lebanon vaccine rollout neglects refugees, migrants: HRW

Lebanon's coronavirus vaccine rollout is at risk of marginalising refugees and migrant workers.

UK's Johnson confirms return to pubs but sounds caution

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UK's Johnson confirms return to pubs but sounds caution

Boris Johnson confirmed pubs and restaurants could reopen to serve outdoors in a week's time, as Covid restrictions are lifted, but sounded a ...

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Saudi Arabia to forbid non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah

Saudi Arabia is taking precautions to avoid new Covid outbreaks by banning non-vaccinated pilgrims from performing Umrah, starting from Ramadan.

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Pfizer slams Israel as 'banana republic' over failed payments

Pfizer officials slammed Israel as a 'banana republic', voicing concern that the country's government-in-transition may fail to pay up.

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Pakistanis rush to buy Covid-19 vaccine through private sales

As commercial sales of the Russian vaccine were possible for the first time in Pakistan, thousands of Pakistanis rushed to get ...

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Iran's new Covid cases soar to four-month high

Iran's coronavirus woes continue to mount as it deals with a resurgence of the pandemic being felt across the region.

UK to announce new international travel rules

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UK to announce new international travel rules

Britain will set out plans to restart international travel, using a "traffic-light" system as the country cautiously emerges from lockdown.

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Libya receives Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

Libya is expected to start vaccinating its population as the first 100,000 doses arrived, as hospitals can't handle the pressure of the pandemic.

Millions mark Easter under coronavirus curbs

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Millions mark Easter under coronavirus curbs

Easter celebrations are, once more, impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as most countries in the world imposed restrictions.

Expats struggle to get vaccines in Kuwait

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Expats struggle to get vaccines in Kuwait

Despite composing 70% of the population, foreigners in Kuwait struggle to get considered for vaccination.

Al-Shabaab attacks two key Somali bases: army

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Al-Shabaab attacks two key Somali bases: army

Somalia's army chief said the army is in control of both sites in the country's south after troops engaged the militants in an intense gun ...

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