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Middle East braces for bleak Ramadan as virus threat lingers

From canceled iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for a bleak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/20 18:33:40

G20 health ministers review importance of utilizing digital solutions in pandemics

Health ministers of the Group 20 (G20) reviewed on Sunday the importance of utilizing digital solutions in current and future pandemics.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/20 16:56:22

Tehran partially reopens as coronavirus deaths hit one-month low

Iran allowed some businesses in the capital Tehran to reopen on Saturday as the country's daily death toll from the new coronavirus fell to 73, its lowest in more than a month.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/19 20:03:40

Iranian ambassador hails China for its help during battle against COVID-19

While some Western media outlets have been hyping up relations between China and Iran experiencing turbulence amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Iranian Ambassador to China told the Global Times that the friendly ties between the two countries will never be affected no matter how turbulent the international situation is, and that this bond has truly stood the test of time.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/19 19:53:40

Libya receives medical aid from Jack Ma Foundation to fight COVID-19

The Libyan Foreign Ministry on Saturday said the country received a shipment of anti-coronavirus medical aid from China's Jack Ma Foundation.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/19 7:39:49

Iranian vessels come dangerously close to American military ships

Eleven vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the US military said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/16 20:03:42

Israel MP's tasked to end deadlock

Israel's president on Thursday tasked parliament with forming a government after its centrist speaker Benny Gantz failed to reach a unity deal with right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/16 19:58:40

Global confirmed COVID-19 cases top two million: Johns Hopkins University

The number of COVID-19 cases around the world surpassed two million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
Source: Agencies | 2020/4/15 22:09:56

Top oil exporters agree on historic cuts

Top oil-producing countries agreed on “historic” output cuts to prop up prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis and a Russia-Saudi price war, sending crude prices soaring on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/13 20:03:41

Jailed Taliban release called major step toward peace

The US special envoy who negotiated a deal with the Taliban said Monday that an initial prisoner exchange between the insurgents and the Afghan government was an “important step” toward peace.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/13 18:18:40

Virus 'disaster in the making'

As Europe and the US struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn that disaster looms in war-torn Syria, where hospitals are unable to meet existing needs and hygiene conditions are dire.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/13 18:13:41

COVID-19 cases in Palestine reach 290: official

Palestine said on Sunday that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 290.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/13 13:52:17

Taliban set to release 20 prisoners: insurgents

The Taliban on Sunday said it was set to release 20 prisoners in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, in a potential breakthrough after the insurgents walked out of talks with the government last week.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/12 19:48:42

Palestinian official commends China's efforts, experience in fighting COVID-19

Ibrahim Melhem, spokesman of the Palestinian government, has praised China's efforts and experience in fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/12 16:45:02

Israel stops all flights due to COVID-19 quarantine issues

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Saturday to stop all flights to the country after passengers entered Israel without health supervision amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/12 11:03:34

OPEC, allies meet for oil price talks

Top oil producers met on Thursday to discuss a possible cut in output after a collapse in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and a Saudi-Russian price war causing the market to crash.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/9 22:03:41

UN chief welcomes Saudi-led coalition's announcement of cease-fire in Yemen

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of a unilateral cease-fire in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting the Houthis to restore the internationally-recognized government.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/9 14:40:04

Iran opposes to OPEC+ meet without clear objectives

Iran does not agree with holding any OPEC+ meeting in the absence of a clear proposal and expected outcome from such talks for the oil market, the country's oil minister said in a letter to OPEC and seen by Reuters.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/8 19:28:41