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Saudi forces intercept missiles

Saudi air defenses intercepted ballistic missiles over Riyadh and a city on the Yemeni border Saturday, leaving at least two civilians wounded in the capital still under curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/29 20:48:40

Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz see 'significant progress' toward unity govt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his erstwhile rival Benny Gantz on Sunday announced “significant progress” in talks towards forming an emergency unity government amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/29 20:43:42

Humanity must unite to fight pandemic: Iranian Ambassador

The sanctions will turn to genocide against Iran if the international community succumbs to US bullying.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/29 19:33:40

Islamic State claims Mozambique attack close to gas projects

Militant group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mozambique just south of the site where gas projects worth $60 billion are being developed by the likes of Exxon Mobil and Total.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/25 21:58:40

Chinese medical team in Iraq plans to enter Kurdistan region for epidemic fight

The Chinese medical team aiding Iraq on fighting COVID-19 pandemic is planning to visit Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, providing supports on the region's virus prevention work.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/3/25 1:46:25

People in Gaza Strip cautious as first two COVID-19 cases confirmed

Residents in the Gaza Strip have been on alert, as Gaza Health Ministry reported on Sunday the first two cases of COVID-19 in the blockaded coastal enclave.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/24 11:13:27

Khamenei says US' offer to help Iran fight coronavirus is strange

The offer by the US to help Iran fight the coronavirus pandemic is strange, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech on Sunday, describing US leaders as “charlatans.”
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/22 22:48:40

Egypt's mosques, churches suspend mass prayers for 2 weeks over COVID-19

Egyptian mosques and churches officially announced on Saturday suspension of mass prayers nationwide for two weeks amid the country's precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/22 15:48:19

Egypt takes tougher measures as COVID-19 death toll rises

Egypt has taken tougher measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus after the number of confirmed cases has risen to 166 with four deaths in the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/18 8:42:58

COVID-19 virus may stay with us forever: virologist who found MERS

The Middle East is facing a harsher situation with COVID-19 than previously with MERS, experts said, as countries weigh China's experience and policies.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/3/16 1:53:57

Three US troops wounded in rocket attacks on Iraq's Taji base

Three American troops and several Iraqi forces were wounded on Saturday in the second major rocket attack in the past week on an Iraqi base north of Baghdad, US and Iraqi officials said, raising the stakes in an escalating cycle of attacks and reprisals.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/15 21:48:40

Netanyahu seeks cabinet approval for monitoring scheme

Israel plans to use anti-terrorism tracking technology and a partial shutdown of its economy to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/15 20:28:40

Zero infections reported among staff in Chinese-invested companies in Iran

No staff members, either Chinese or Iranian, in Chinese-invested companies in Iran have been infected with the coronavirus, as these companies adopted some of the epidemic prevention measures that have been proved effective in China, the Chinese Red Cross medical team in Iran told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/15 16:58:41

Notable infection rate among Iranian elites as the country locks down cities

Starting from Friday, a lockdown has been enforced in Iran to curb the COVID-19 outbreak as the confirmed cases continue to soar, which has notably affected the elite group in the country.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/14 23:40:31

Iran agrees to hand over downed jet's black boxes

Iran pledged Wednesday at a meeting of UN civil aviation agency to hand over black boxes from downed Flight 752 to Ukraine or France for analysis – a move welcomed by Canada and Ukraine.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/12 19:33:40

Iraqi leaders, UN condemn deadly attack on coalition troops north of Baghdad

Top Iraqi politicians joined the United Nations Thursday in condemning a rocket attack north of Baghdad that killed a British soldier and two Americans and threatened a new escalation.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/12 19:28:40

Iran's first Vice President tested positive for COVID19: Iranian media

Iran's first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has been tested positive for COVID-19, Iran's Fars news agency reported Wed.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/11 23:54:03

5,000 Taliban troops to be freed if violence eases

The Afghan government will gradually release 5,000 Taliban prisoners starting this week if the insurgents significantly reduce violence, President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman said early Wednesday, seeking to resolve a dispute that has delayed peace talks between the militants and Kabul.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/11 21:33:40