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DNA research uncovers Dead Sea Scrolls mystery

DNA research on the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed that not all of the ancient manuscripts came from the desert landscape where they were discovered, according to a study published on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/3 18:48:40

Security forces launch major anti-IS offensive in Iraq

The Iraqi security forces on Tuesday launched a major offensive to hunt down Islamic State (IS) militants in the provinces of Kirkuk and Salahudin, the Iraqi military said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/3 11:57:44

Saudi seeks to raise $2.3 bn in Yemen donor conference

Saudi Arabia seeks to raise $2.3 billion from an emergency donor conference on Tuesday to support war-battered Yemen as it faces a coronavirus catastrophe in the sixth year of the kingdom's military intervention.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/2 18:28:40

Plane carrying Iranian scientist jailed in US has taken off: FM Zarif

Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday that a plane had taken off from arch-foe, the US, carrying scientist Sirous Asgari after his apparent release from a US prison.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/2 17:43:43

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reopens after more than two months

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reopened to worshippers on Sunday after a two-and-a-half month coronavirus closure, but Muslim authorities imposed some precautions as health officials warn of an uptick in local infections.
Source: Reuters | 2020/5/31 18:48:40

Kuwait to impose partial curfew, begin return to normal life

Kuwait will end a total curfew and impose a three-week partial curfew for gradual return to normal life in the country, the Kuwaiti government announced Thursday night.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/29 10:12:37

Israel says over 90 pct of moderate COVID-19 patients better after plasma transfusion

Israeli health ministry's data has showed success in using convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients, especially those in moderate condition.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/29 10:10:40

Istanbul disinfects mosques against COVID-19 ahead of reopening

Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Tuesday disinfected mosques to make them ready for reopening on Friday as part of the government's normalization process amid a slowdown in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/27 12:40:16

Saudi Arabia to end curfew on June 21

Saudi Arabia will begin easing restrictions on movement and travel this week, more than two months after stringent measures were introduced to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Source: Reuters | 2020/5/26 19:23:40

Afghanistan reports 658 new COVID-19 cases, 11,831 in total

Afghanistan on Tuesday reported 658 new COVID-19 within the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 11,831, the country's Ministry of Public Health confirmed.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/26 19:16:12

First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela showing solidarity

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between countries it sees as international pariahs.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/26 15:48:42

Graft probe into Netanyahu began Sunday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at a Jerusalem courthouse on Sunday saying his head was “held high” as he began a long-delayed corruption trial.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/25 17:13:41

Afghanistan releases 2,000 Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani began a process Sunday to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture after the insurgents proposed a surprise cease-fire during the Eid holiday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/25 17:13:40

Iranian fuel starts arriving in Venezuela

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the South American country's exclusive economic zone on Saturday, despite a US official's warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment.
Source: Reuters | 2020/5/24 18:03:40

Afghan Taliban announce three-day Eid cease-fire to calm violence

The Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday starting Sunday in a surprise move following months of bloody fighting with Afghan forces after the group signed a landmark agreement with the US.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/24 16:48:42

Iraqi PM, Chinese ambassador discuss means to boost bilateral ties

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Saturday received Chinese Ambassador to Iraq Zhang Tao and the two discussed means to boost bilateral ties.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/24 13:42:38

Death toll of Pakistan's plane crash rises to 80

A total of 50 bodies and seven injured people have been recovered and shifted to two hospitals in Karachi after a passenger plane crashed in a residential area in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday, police sources and rescuers said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/23 9:14:59

Syrians turn to flea markets for frugal Eid al-Fitr

In a Damascus flea market, Sham Alloush rummaged through a pile of clothes for something nice to wear for Eid al-Fitr that wasn't too expensive.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/21 18:33:40