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Rouhani seeks co-operation from MPs as parliament opens

Rouhani seeks co-operation from MPs as parliament opens

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged lawmakers to “co-operate” with his government in a speech yesterday during the inaugural session of the new parliament following a February election swept by conservatives.

New Iran parliament convenes under strict coronavirus curbs

New Iran parliament convenes under strict coronavirus curbs

Iran's parliament reconvened on Wednesday after the Feb. 21 elections under strict health protocols and social distancing rules to ward off the coronavirus in one of the hardest-hit Middle Eastern countries.

Missile attack on Yemen army base in Marib kills seven

Missile attack on Yemen army base in Marib kills seven

Houthi fighters in Yemen fired missiles at a military base of the Saudi-backed government in Marib province, northeast of the capital Sanaa, on Tuesday, killing seven people including relatives of the chief of staff, three military sources said.

Iran eases restaurant curbs as virus claims 57 more lives

Iran eases restaurant curbs as virus claims 57 more lives

Iran further eased restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus yesterday by allowing restaurants to accept customers, as it announced another 57 deaths from the virus.

Virus lockdowns affect Eid celebrations in Mideast

Virus lockdowns affect Eid celebrations in Mideast

Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr yesterday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offered respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections.

Iranians mark end of Ramadan

Iranians mark end of Ramadan

Iranians in a rare event mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan this year on separate days — yesterday or today — depending on different religious authorities’ edicts.

Kuwait records 838 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths

Kuwait records 838 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry reported 838 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) overnight for a total of 21,302 cases.

Trapped migrant workers suffer from Lebanon’s dollar crisis, lockdown

Trapped migrant workers suffer from Lebanon’s dollar crisis, lockdown

Temitope can’t find work in Lebanon since the Nigerian domestic worker escaped her employer’s house last month.

Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites - president

Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites - president

Iran on Saturday moved to open businesses, religious and cultural sites as it eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran’s Khamenei denounces Israel as ‘cancerous tumour’

Iran’s Khamenei denounces Israel as ‘cancerous tumour’

Iran’s Supreme Leader yesterday denounced Israel as a “tumour” to be removed and hailed Tehran’s supply of arms to Palestinians, drawing swift condemnation from the United States, European Union and Israel.

Abbas warns of total break in co-ordination in case of Israeli move

Abbas warns of total break in co-ordination in case of Israeli move

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has warned that Israeli annexations in the occupied West Bank would spell the end of all security co-ordination, as international opposition to the plans grows.

In Syria’s war-torn Idlib, travelling barbers bring relief to children

In Syria’s war-torn Idlib, travelling barbers bring relief to children

At a soccer stadium in Syria’s Idlib re-purposed to shelter people displaced by war, children are being offered a service highly sought after since the coronavirus pandemic set in: a haircut.

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