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Iran warship accidentally 'hit by missile' during exercises

A small naval vessel belonging to the Iranian navy was involved in an accident on Sunday in a military exercise off Iran's southern coast.
Source: Agencies | 2020/5/11 21:48:41

Riyadh suspends handouts in virus-led austerity drive

Saudi Arabia unveiled plans Monday to triple its Value Added Tax (VAT) and halt monthly handouts to citizens as part of a series of austerity measures amid record low oil prices and a coronavirus-led economic slump.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/11 20:53:40

Iraq's new govt reaches out to October protesters

Iraq's new government promised Saturday to release demonstrators arrested during mass protests that erupted in October and pledged justice and compensation to relatives of over 550 people killed during that unrest.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/10 18:08:42

Six killed in deadly clash at Afghanistan food aid event

Two policemen and four other people were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday after a deadly clash at a public food donation in central Ghor province, officials said.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/10 18:08:41

Feature: Syrian volunteers cook food for medical teams amid COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Syrian volunteers start cooking meals during the holy month of Ramadan, not only for the poor people but also for the medical teams who spend long hours in hospitals and medical centers.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/10 11:27:10

Iran exports COVID-19 test kits abroad: FM

The Iranian foreign minister said Iran has sent COVID-19 test kits to several countries, state TV reported on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/9 19:09:42

New Iraqi government to fix fiscal mess

Mustafa Kadhemi took office as Iraqi premier early Thursday after breaking months of political deadlock, taking the reins amid a staggering economic crisis, a health pandemic and the specter of renewed protests.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/7 15:43:40

Iraq reports 85 new cases of COVID-19

The Iraqi Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed four more deaths and 85 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 2,431 in the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/6 11:10:08

Israel's COVID-19 cases rise to 16,289, death toll at 238

The number of coronavirus infections in Israel surged to 16,289 after 43 new cases were reported, the state's Ministry of Health said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/6 9:04:45

Assad warns of virus 'catastrophe'

President Bashar al-Assad warned Monday of a “catastrophe” in war-battered Syria if the easing of lockdown measures against coronavirus is mishandled.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/5 22:28:40

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Project identifies location of overwater villas, hotels

The Red Sea Project, one of Saudi Arabia's most ambitious tourism projects, has recently identified the location of its overwater villas and hotels, the Red Sea Development Company said in a press release on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/2 16:01:38

Detained Iranian scientist contracts COVID-19 in US prison

Dr. Sirous Asgari, an Iranian scientist who was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is not freed despite being exonerated in a US sanctions trial contracted COVID19 in US custody, UK media reported.
Source: IRNA | 2020/4/29 20:18:22

Iranians won't forget US maximum pressure at pandemic era: Envoy

Iranian Ambassador to Mexico Mohammad Taghi Hosseini said on Wednesday that Iranian people will not forget at a time when their lives were threatened by coronavirus pandemic, the US intensified sanctions rather than ease them.
Source: IRNA | 2020/4/29 20:13:43

Iran media group accuses US of stealing its .com

The Iran Cultural and Press Institute (ICPI), a media group that publishes a series of government-owned newspapers including 'Iran', slammed the United States for "stealing" its .com domain.
Source: IRNA | 2020/4/29 20:09:15

Fuel truck bomb kills more than 40 in northern Syria: monitor

A fuel truck bomb in a market in northern Syria killed at least 46 people including Turkish-backed rebel fighters on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/29 19:38:41

South Yemen separatists' self-rule declaration rejected

The Saudi-led military coalition on Monday rejected Yemen separatists' declaration of self-rule over the country's south and demanded "an end to any escalatory actions."
Source: AFP | 2020/4/27 20:33:41

Chinese medical experts install CT scanner to help tackle COVID-19 in Iraq

A team of Chinese medical experts completed the installation of a CT scanner at a quarantine center in Iraqi capital Baghdad, as part of China's efforts to help Iraq cope with the spread of COVID-19.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/27 13:53:57

Yemen separatists announce self-rule in south

Yemen's main southern separatist group announced early on Sunday it would establish self-rule in areas under its control, which the Saudi-backed government warned would have “catastrophic consequences.”
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/26 20:23:41