Saudi Arabia expects virus cases to spike to up to 200,000: Minister

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s health minister on Tuesday (April 7) warned of a huge spike in coronavirus cases of up to 200,000 within weeks, state media reported. The warning comes a day after the kingdom extended the duration of daily curfews in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, to 24 hours in a bid to limit the spread of […]

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Pakistan arrests doctors protesting for coronavirus medical gear

Dozens arrested in Quetta for demanding protective kits for front-line health workers fighting coronavirus. Islamabad, Pakistan – Police in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta have arrested at least 50 doctors who were protesting against the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for health workers on the front lines of the country’s battle against the coronavirus, officials and doctors’ […]

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Coronavirus: How much of the world is staying at home?

Billions of people around the world have been ordered to stay at home to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. Governments around the world have ordered citizens to stay at home and practice physical distancing to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. In an attempt to contextualise how people’s movements have been affected, tech giant Google recently released its COVID-19 Community Mobility […]

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Deadly attack on women's prison in Yemen a 'war crime': Analyst

Officials accuse Houthis of attack on Taiz prison that killed five women and wounded two dozen others, as war rages on. Shelling by Houthi rebels hit a women’s prison in the country’s southwestern province of Taiz, killing at least five prisoners, Yemeni officials have said. The attack on Sunday also wounded two dozen prisoners, including four children staying with their […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Pakistani Taliban down but not out, says ex-spokesman

Ehsanullah Ehsan speaks out for the first time after escaping from Pakistani military custody in January. Islamabad, Pakistan – The Pakistani Taliban has suffered major losses from American and Pakistani security operations in recent years, but its cells remain active in Pakistan’s cities and are still capable of carrying out attacks, a former spokesman has told Al Jazeera in his […]

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Coronavirus: Saudi to help pay wages for three months for its citizens in virus-hit firms

DUBAI (BLOOMBERG) – Saudi Arabia moved to avert large-scale job layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic by pledging to help struggling companies with wages, in perhaps the kingdom’s most significant measure so far to limit damage to the private sector. Instead of terminating contracts of Saudi citizens, business owners can request monthly compensation amounting to 60 per cent of the employee’s […]

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Biden joins fellow US Democrats in call for easing Iran sanctions

The Democratic presidential frontrunner says US has moral obligation to aid those in need regardless of where they live. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Thursday called on the administration of United States President Donald Trump to ease economic sanctions on Iran as a humanitarian gesture during the global coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president said the US has a […]

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Why Turkey is facing a steep curve of new coronavirus cases

With more than 18,000 infections reported, Turkey surpasses other G20 nations that discovered the virus weeks earlier. Ankara, Turkey – Since declaring its first coronavirus case three weeks ago, Turkey has recorded one of the steepest trajectories of new cases in the world, amid fears it could become a hot spot of the global pandemic. The rapid rise in cases […]

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Coronavirus: Iran parliament speaker tests positive for Covid-19

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s parliament speaker tested positive for Covid-19, state television reported on Thursday (April 2), becoming the latest official to contract the disease in the hard-hit country. Ali Larijani “was tested for coronavirus after showing certain symptoms, and as the result was positive, he is currently in quarantine and undergoing treatment,” the report said. Larijani, 62, is close […]

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