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Iran leader Khamenei lambasts US

Iran's supreme leader said Sunday that the US will be expelled from Iraq and Syria and alleged that even Washington's allies “abhor” it now.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/18 18:38:40

Qatar imposes mandatory masks on pain of prison

Qatar on Sunday began enforcing the world's toughest penalties of up to three years in prison for failing to wear masks in public, in a country with one of the highest coronavirus infection rates.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/18 18:23:41

Migrants quarantined on Canary Islands

A group of migrants rescued off the coast of Fuerteventura have been placed in mandatory quarantine as Spain moves to reduce the likelihood of imported coronavirus cases, local officials said in a statement on Saturday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/17 19:23:41

Iran's soccer leagues to resume with no spectators: President Rouhani

Iran's soccer leagues will resume after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/17 10:38:30

Egypt receives 3rd batch of anti-coronavirus medical aid from China

The Egyptian authorities received on Saturday the third batch of medical aid from the Chinese government to help the North African country with its fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/16 20:16:41

Taliban to restart war in Afghanistan

The Taliban on Wednesday said they were prepared to battle Afghan forces after the president told troops to resume offensive operations following grisly attacks that have further unraveled a fragile peace process.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/14 19:23:40

Boeing to deliver more than 1,000 missiles to ally Saudi Arabia

Boeing has been awarded two contracts worth more than $2 billion for the delivery of more than 1,000 air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/14 19:18:40

Israel to lend out $230 million to Palestinians over virus losses

Israel is to lend the Palestinian Authority (PA) nearly $230 million to help make up for revenues lost during the coronavirus pandemic, an Israeli official said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/12 20:43:40

Iran must send plane for prisoners: US

The US and Iran clashed Monday on the prospect of a prisoner swap, with a US official mockingly urging the adversary to send a plane to repatriate its citizens.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/12 20:38:41

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