IRANIAN CLERIC BLAMES CORONAVIRUS IRAN OUTBREAK ON DONALD TRUMP

Wed 26 February 2020: The outbreak of coronavirus in Iran, where the deadly virus has reportedly killed 18 people according to Iran International, is the fault of US President Donald Trump, said a senior Iranian religious cleric recently. Coronavirus, which initially broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan, claimed its first victims in Iran on […]

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IRAQI FORCES KILL ONE PROTESTER IN BAGHDAD, WOUND 24: SOURCES

Wed 26 February 2020: Iraqi security forces killed at least one protester in Baghdad on Tuesday and wounded 24 others, police sources told Reuters. The death was due to birdshot fired from a hunting rifle, the sources said, adding that five of the injuries also resulted from birdshot. The remaining injuries were tear gas-related. At […]

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QASSEM SOLEIMANI CONVINCED ASSAD NOT TO RESIGN: OFFICIAL

Tue 25 February 2020: Quds Force official says Assad was on verge of giving up power and requesting asylum in another country Late Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani played a key role in convincing the leader of Syria’s regime to stay in power, an official from Iran’s elite military force said over the weekend. “Qassem […]

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EGYPT MULLS GRANTING PRESIDENT RIGHT TO APPOINT GRAND MUFTI

Mon 24 February 2020: Egyptian parliament is mulling a bill that aims at granting the country’s president the right to appoint Grand Mufti, local media reported yesterday. The parliament’s religious and endowment affairs committee head, Osama Al-Abd, along with 60 other lawmakers recently submitted a draft law on the country’s “Al-Azhar Fatwa Global Centre,” which […]

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ISRAEL TEAM RACES IN UAE CYCLING TOUR IN SPORTING OVERTURE

Israel Start-Up Nation team poses before of the first stage of UAE cycling tour in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/ Mahmoud Khaled) Sun 23 February 2020: (AFP) An Israeli cycling team raced through Dubai Sunday, taking part in the UAE Tour for the first time in the latest overture between […]

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GAZA: 5,000 FACTORIES CLOSED DUE TO ISRAELI SIEGE

A May 2013 photo shows Palestinian workers at the Al-Awda ice cream factory which was destroyed by Israeli shelling on Thursday night. Ashraf AmraAPA images Sat 22 February 2020: Head of Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza, MP Jamal Al-Khodari, announced on Friday that 5,000 factories in Gaza were closed down due to the 14-year-long […]

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SAUDI ARABIA HOSTS G20 FINANCIAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS GLOBAL ECONOMY, CORONAVIRUS

Sat 22 February 2020: Finance ministers and central bank governors from G20 nations meet in the Saudi capital Saturday for a two-day gathering to discuss the global economy and the risks from the coronavirus epidemic. Aside from an action plan to shield the world economy from the impact of the outbreak, financial leaders from the world’s top […]

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MERKEL, MACRON WANT TO MEET PUTIN, ERDOGAN TO DISCUSS SYRIA CRISIS

Fri 21 February 2020: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia’s Vladimir Putin they want to meet him and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to defuse the crisis in Syria. In their phone call with the President Putin, Merkel and Macron expressed their “concern over the humanitarian catastrophe for residents of Syria’s Idlib province,” Merkel’s […]

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OUTGOING IRAQI PM WARNS HE WILL WALK AWAY IF PARLIAMENT FAILES TO APPROVE NEW GOVERNMENT

Thu 20 February 2020: Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said Wednesday his government will step down March 2 in accordance with a constitutional deadline during which parliament should approve a new Cabinet. Abdul-Mahdi warned of a constitutional vacuum if parliament failed to approve the new government of Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi by the date. […]

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