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War-ravaged Yemen confirms first coronavirus case, braces for more

Yemen reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday (April 10) as aid groups try to prepare for an outbreak in a country where war has shattered the health system and spread hunger and di


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Syria dismisses report that it was behind chemical attacks

Syria on Thursday (April 9) dismissed a report by a global watchdog that said Syrian jets had carried out a series of chemical attacks on an opposition-held town, under orders from the top military co


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Turkey's coronavirus death toll reaches 908 with 42,282 total cases: minister

Turkey’s confirmed cases of coronavirus increased by 4,056 in the last 24 hours, and 96 people have died, taking the death toll to 908, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday (April 9).


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Turkey will require social media giants to appoint local representatives: draft law

Turkey will require foreign social media companies with high internet traffic to appoint a representative in the country to address concerns raised by authorities over content on their platforms, a dr


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Turkish legislation banning layoffs to go to parliament next week: sources

The Turkish government plans to send draft legislation temporarily banning layoffs to parliament early next week, to curb an expected jump in unemployment due to the spread of coronavirus, two senior


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Iran's coronavirus death toll rises by 117 to reach 4,110: health official

Iran’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 117 to 4,110, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Thursday (April 9).


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Syrian air force behind chemical attacks, investigation team finds

Syrian Arab Air Force pilots flying Sukhoi Su-22 military planes and a helicopter dropped bombs containing poisonous chlorine and sarin nerve gas on a village in the country’s western Hama region in M


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Jordan IMF programme needs adjusting after coronavirus: bank governor

Jordan is in discussions with the IMF seeking to change some of the objectives of a four-year program of structural reforms because of the negative impact of the coronavirus on the aid-dependent econo


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Turkey to track citizens via mobile phones to enforce quarantines

Turkey will monitor the mobile phones of those diagnosed with the new coronavirus to ensure they do not break quarantine, authorities said on Wednesday (April 8), marking the latest measure to stem an


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Iran's new coronavirus death toll passes 4,000: health official

Iran’s new coronavirus death toll has climbed to 4,003 with 121 more deaths in the past 24 hours, a Health Ministry spokesman told state TV on Wednesday (April 8), adding that the total number of infe


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Iran's Rouhani urges IMF to give Tehran $5 billion coronavirus loan

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday (April 8) the International Monetary Fund would be guilty of “discriminatory behavior” unless it provides $5 billion in emergency funding to help Tehr


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Seek help, say Middle East women's groups as domestic violence surges

Coronavirus lockdowns have brought a surge in reports of domestic violence in the Middle East, women’s groups have said, warning hard-won gains in protection for victims are at risk.


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Turkey plans prisoner release, excluding those jailed on post-coup terrorism charges

Turkey’s parliament discussed a prisoner release law on Tuesday (April 7) which aims to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus, but which critics slam for excluding peop


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Middle East still has chance to scale up coronavirus response: WHO

Most Middle Eastern countries are seeing worrying daily increases in cases of the new coronavirus but the region still has a chance to contain its spread, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) offi


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Iran records 133 new coronavirus deaths, toll at 3,872: health official

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose to 3,872 with 133 deaths in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV on Tuesday (April 7).


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UN finds 'highly probable' Syrian government, allies targeted school, hospitals

It is “highly probable” the government of Syria or its allies carried out attacks on three healthcare facilities, a school and a refuge for children in northwest Syria last year, according to a summar


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Iran death toll from coronavirus outbreak reaches 3,739: health ministry

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus outbreak has reached 3,739, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV on Monday (April 6).


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Turkey to curb some troop movement in Syria as coronavirus cases jump

Turkey said on Sunday it would minimize its troop movements in operation zones in neighboring Syria in response to the coronavirus outbreak as the Turkish death toll and infections in the country rose


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Iran's deaths from coronavirus reach 3,603: health ministry

The death toll in Iran from the outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached 3,603, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement broadcast live on state TV on Sunday (April 5).


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Rouhani says low-risk economic activities to resume from April 11 amid coronavirus

Iran’s president said on Sunday (April 5) “low-risk” economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the new coronavirus.


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