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Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unityIraqi officials say a top Iranian general has arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq's fractured political leaders as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts the chances the country's latest prime minister-designate can form a government
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Hezbollah shifts attention from Syria fight to battle virusLebanon's Hezbollah group has mobilized the organizational might it once deployed to fight Israel or in Syria's civil war to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country
The Associated Press2 hours ago
In this March 28, 2020, photo, people stand in a line outside a bank in Beirut, Lebanon, amid a financial crisis and a lockdown imposed by the government to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Zeina Karam)
VIRUS DIARY: An unfamiliar war for those who live with warThe pandemic has no shape, smell or sound
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Syrian ex-VP, foreign minister dies of heart attack in ParisHis son says Abdul-Halim Khaddam, Syria's former vice president and foreign minister, has died of a heart attack in Paris
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Muslim worshippers walk past pigeons after the noon prayers outside the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Saudi Arabia announced there would be no spectators for sports competitions and games starting Saturday in order to combat the spread of the virus. The kingdom has taken unprecedented measures against the virus' spread, including halting all pilgrimage in Mecca, Islam's holiest site.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virusA senior Saudi official has urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to travel to Islam's holiest sites to delay making plans for the hajj this year due to the new coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press11 hours ago
Syria: Air defenses down missiles from Israeli warplanes State media reports that Syrian air defenses have opened fire on missiles launched from Israeli warplanes on the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them
The Associated Press23 hours ago
A man hikes in foothill of the Alborz mountain range, overlooking the capital Tehran, as he spends his New Year, or Nowruz, holidays, Iran, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. In recent days, Iran which is battling the worst new coronavirus outbreak in the region, has ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and banned intercity travels aimed at preventing the virus' spread. Public parks are closed as well as sport and recreational clubs which were shut previously. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
UN begins home food drops for Gaza's needy to stem virus A U.N. aid agency has begun delivering food to the homes of impoverished Palestinians instead of making them pick up such parcels at crowded distribution centers
The Associated Press1 day ago
Dubai throws Emirates Air a cash lifeline as travel groundedDubai's government says it will inject equity into Emirates airlines as the Middle East's largest carrier has grounded nearly all of its flights at its hub due to coronavirus restrictions on travel
The Associated Press1 day ago
Commander: Kurdish forces end riots by IS prisoners in SyriaThe top commander of Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria says they have put down riots by Islamic State militants held in a prison there
The Associated Press1 day ago
Crammed in filthy cells, political prisoners fear infectionIn some cells in Iran, Syria and other countries in the Middle East, prisoners are crammed in by the dozens, with little access to hygiene or medical care
The Associated Press1 day ago
Dubai's Emaar posts $1.68B in profit, but revenue slipsDubai's premier developer Emaar Properties has posted net profits of $1.68 billion for 2019, but revenue slightly dipped for the builder of the world's tallest tower as it faces an even tougher year ahead due to the global coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, technicians walk at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On Monday, March 30, 2020, the organizers of Expo 2020 recommended postponing the world's fair until next years over the new coronavirus pandemic. Dubai has already spent billions of dollars on the world's fair, which was supposed to take place in October. The ultimate decision over the event will be made by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions, which had awarded the fair to Dubai in 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
Dubai Expo 2020 recommends postponing a year amid virusLocal organizers of Dubai's Expo 2020 have recommended postponing til next year the event over the new coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press2 days ago
Organizers of Dubai's Expo 2020 recommend postponing the world's fair until next year over the new coronavirus pandemicOrganizers of Dubai's Expo 2020 recommend postponing the world's fair until next year over the new coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press2 days ago
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's office says he'll go into quarantine after an aide tested positive for coronavirusIsraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's office says he'll go into quarantine after an aide tested positive for coronavirus
The Associated Press2 days ago
Activists say IS prison riots break out again in SyriaSyrian activists say imprisoned Islamic State militants have rioted again at a jail in northeastern Syria, hours after the Kurdish-led forces running the site said they had restored order there
The Associated Press2 days ago
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