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Passover holiday celebration to be held under lockdown: Netanyahu

Israelis celebrating the Jewish Passover holiday this week will hold the "seder," the traditional meal celebrating freedom from biblical slavery, confined to their homes under a national coronavirus lockdown.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/7 18:13:40

Taliban to end 'fruitless' talks on prisoner swap

The Taliban will no longer participate in “fruitless” discussions with the Afghan government over a prisoner swap that had formed a key part of a deal with the US, the insurgents said.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/7 17:43:40

Russia ready to coordinate cooperation, stabilize oil markets: Kremlin

Saudi Arabia and Russia are close to a deal on oil output cuts to reduce a global glut, a top Russian oil negotiator said on Monday, but details such as how to sort out production curbs remained unclear ahead of talks planned for later this week.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/6 20:13:40

Israeli firm develops remote app to detect respiratory worsening of COVID-19 patients

An Israeli start-up company has developed a system for accurate remote monitoring of the respiratory status of COVID-19 patients in the hospital and at home, the Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA) said Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/6 7:30:54

Chinese experts help Iraq diagnose COVID-19 through medical imageology

Chinese expert volunteers dispatched by the Red Cross Society of China taught Chinese experience to Iraqi radiologists on how to diagnose COVID-19 by using the Computed Tomography machine (CT machine), contributing to the local fight against the epidemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/6 0:35:35

Rouhani: US has lost opportunity to lift Iran sanctions amid coronavirus

Iran's president said on Wednesday the US had missed a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country during the coronavirus outbreak, though he said the penalties had not hampered Tehran's fight against the infection.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/1 19:38:40

US deploys air defense system to Iraq

The US has deployed Patriot air defense batteries to Iraqi bases to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles, US and Iraqi military sources told AFP Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/31 19:33:41

War-torn Syria reports its first death from COVID-19

Syria's health ministry said on Sunday that a woman who died after being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment was found to have been infected by coronavirus in the country's first officially reported death from the disease.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/30 19:58:40

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: | 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: | 2020/3/16 1:53:57