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Syrian ex-VP, foreign minister dies of heart attack in ParisArab media reports say Abdul-Halim Khaddam, Syria's former vice president and foreign minister who was one of the most influential figures in the country before he defected in 2005 to France, has died of a heart attack in Paris
The Associated Press34 minutes 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 Press7 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 Press18 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 Press20 hours 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 Press1 day 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
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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
Fearing Gaza virus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantinesThe Gaza Strip has been largely cut off from the world for more than a decade by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade
The Associated Press2 days ago
People wearing protective clothing carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 30, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantineIranian state-run media say prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot
The Associated Press2 days ago
IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escapeA Syrian Kurdish official says Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility from the guards while a number of prisoners managed to escaped
The Associated Press2 days ago
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