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Virus-hit Iran slaps curbs on travel, pilgrimage visits

Virus-hit Iran slaps curbs on travel, pilgrimage visits

Iranian authorities yesterday announced domestic travel restrictions for people with confirmed or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus, which has claimed 19 lives in the country — the highest tally outside China where the disease originated.

Erdogan rules out 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

Erdogan rules out 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not take the "smallest step back" in an escalating stand-off with Damascus and Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib.

39 ISIS militants killed in security operation in northern Iraq

39 ISIS militants killed in security operation in northern Iraq

Thirty nine ISIS militants were killed in landing operations carried out by Counter Terrorism Service in Saladin Governorate, northern Iraq.

Iraqis catch coronavirus amid fear of spillover

Iraqis catch coronavirus amid fear of spillover

Iraq shut schools and universities yesterday and told citizens to avoid mass gatherings, as it rushed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from its neighbour Iran, hit by what appeared to be the worst outbreak outside of China.

Regime bombing kills 19 in Syria: monitor

Regime bombing kills 19 in Syria: monitor

Regime air strikes and artillery fire in northwestern Syria, including on schools in the city of Idlib, killed 19 civilians yesterday, a war monitor said.

Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91.

Regime bombing kills 19 civilians in Syria

Regime bombing kills 19 civilians in Syria

Regime air strikes and artillery fire in northwestern Syria, including on schools in the city of Idlib, killed 19 civilians on Tuesday, a war monitor said.

Four more Mideast nations report coronavirus cases

Four more Mideast nations report coronavirus cases

The new coronavirus hit four more Middle Eastern states yesterday, with Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman reporting new cases. Oman also halted flights to and from Iran — which is battling the deadliest outbreak outside China – with immediate effect.

Russia strikes kill five as regime forces advance

Russia strikes kill five as regime forces advance

Five civilians were killed in Russian air strikes backing Syrian regime forces as they chipped away at the country’s last major rebel bastion in fighting that cost dozens of lives yesterday, a war monitor said.

Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus cases

Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus cases

Kuwait and Bahrain confirmed on Monday their first novel coronavirus cases, the countries' health ministries announced, adding all had come from Iran.

Troops shoot dead Palestinian fighter

Troops shoot dead Palestinian fighter

Israeli forces yesterday shot dead a Palestinian fighter suspected of placing a bomb near the Gaza border, before extracting his body with a bulldozer, the army said.

Oman ruler aims to reduce country's debt

Oman ruler aims to reduce country's debt

Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said said Sunday the government would work to reduce public debt and restructure public institutions and companies to bolster the economy.

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