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Syria reports first death from coronavirus

Syria’s health ministry said on Sunday (March 29) that a woman who died after being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment was found to have been infected by coronavirus in the first officially-re


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Iran's death toll from coronavirus reaches 2,640 - health official

Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 2,640 and the number of infected people has reached 38,309, a health ministry official tweeted on Sunday (March 29), as the Middle East’s worst-hit


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Lebanese police remove Beirut protest camp

Lebanese security forces cleared away a protest camp in central Beirut on Saturday (March 28) and reopened roads blocked by demonstrators since protests against the governing elite started in October.


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Iran to use 20% of state budget to fight coronavirus

Iran is to allocate 20% of its annual state budget to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the country, one of the worst-hit in the world, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday (March 28).


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Turkey's coronavirus deaths up to 108, with 1,704 new cases

Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus increased by 16 to 108 on Saturday (March 28), as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,704 to 7,402, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.


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Iraq extends suspension of flights until April 11

Iraq’s aviation authority announced on Friday (March 27) that it will extend the suspension of all flights into and out of the country until April 11.


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Turkey halts intercity trains, limits domestic flights over virus outbreak

Turkey halted all intercity trains and limited domestic flights on Saturday (March 28) as part of measures to contain a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak, as the number of cases jumped by a third in a


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Turkey adopts 'voluntary' stay-at-home quarantine

President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday (March 27) for a “voluntary quarantine” in which Turks stay at home except for shopping or basic needs to stem a surge of coronavirus cases, which jumped by a


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Iran's death toll from coronavirus rises to 2,378: health ministry

Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose to 2,378 on Friday (March 27), with 144 people dying in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.


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Turkey struggles to ramp up tests as outbreak reaches critical phase

A week after sending half a million coronavirus test kits to the United States, Turkey is struggling to ramp up its own testing for the disease as doctors warn the country has reached a crossroads in


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US imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies: Treasury

The United States on Thursday (March 26) blacklisted 20 Iran- and Iraq-based companies, officials and individuals, accusing them of supporting terrorist groups and ramping up pressure on Tehran even a


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Iran starts intercity travel ban amid fears of surge of coronavirus

Iran has started an intercity travel ban, an Iranian official said in a televised news conference on Thursday, a day after Iran’s government spokesman warned the country might face a surge of cases in


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Turkey rounds up hundreds for social media posts about coronavirus

Turkey has arrested 410 people for making “provocative” posts on social media about the coronavirus outbreak, its interior minister said on Wednesday (March 25).


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Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

Istanbul prosecutors said on Wednesday (March 25) they had prepared an indictment against a close aide to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a former deputy head of general intelligen


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Turkey's coronavirus death toll up seven to 44, with 343 new cases: minister

Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus increased by seven to 44 on Tuesday (March 24) as the number of confirmed cases rose by 343 to 1,872, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.


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Iran coronavirus toll rises to 2,077 after 143 new deaths

An Iranian health ministry official said on Wednesday (March 25) that 2,077 people had died so far from the new coronavirus in Iran, with 143 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.


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Jordan eases nationwide curfew and allows shops to open

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said on Tuesday (March 24) the government would allow people to go on foot to buy groceries in neighborhood shops to ease daily life for the nearly 10 million inha


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UN seeks total ceasefire in Syria, prisoner releases, to combat coronavirus

The UN Special Envoy for Syria called on Tuesday (March 24) for an immediate nationwide ceasefire across Syria to enable an “all-out-effort” to stamp out COVID-19.


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About half of Iran's state workers stay at home as coronavirus death toll nears 2,000

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday (March 24) about half of all government employees were staying at home as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, state TV reported.


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Turkey will hire more medics, stop exporting face masks: minister

Turkey will hire 32,000 more medical staff and stop exporting locally-made face masks so its own services can use them as the coronavirus spreads across the country, the health minister said on Monday


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