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  • Photo of Qatar confirms first case of coronavirus

    Qatar confirms first case of coronavirus

    Doha: Qatar’s Health Ministry on Saturday reported the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. According to a ministry statement cited by the official QNA news agency, a 36-year…

  • Photo of OIC condemns “anti-Muslim violence” in India

    OIC condemns “anti-Muslim violence” in India

    Ankara: Condemning the alarming violence against Muslims in India, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday urged the Indian government to stop “anti-Muslim violence” and the desecration of Islamic…

  • Photo of Saudi Arabia suspends entry of Gulf nationals to Makkah, Madina

    Saudi Arabia suspends entry of Gulf nationals to Makkah, Madina

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has announced the temporary suspension of the entry of Gulf nationals to the holy sites of Makkah and Madina as part of the Kingdom’s precautionary measures against…

  • Photo of Iranian Vice President test positive for COVID-19

    Iranian Vice President test positive for COVID-19

    Tehran: Masoumeh Ebtekar, Irans Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, has announced that she has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Ebtekar, the first woman to become a minister…

  • Photo of Coronavirus: ‘Umrah’ passengers turned back from Saudi Arabia

    Coronavirus: ‘Umrah’ passengers turned back from Saudi Arabia

    Lucknow: Nearly 128 passengers traveling to Saudi Arabia from various districts of Uttar Pradesh for ‘Umrah’ were turned back from Saudi Arabia which has imposed travel curbs following the coronavirus…

  • Photo of Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia sterilizes Grand Mosque 4 times a day

    Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia sterilizes Grand Mosque 4 times a day

    Makkah: Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia is being washed and sterilized four times a day due to the fear of contagious Coronavirus that has claimed the lives of thousands of…

  • Photo of 22 Turkish servicemen killed in airstrikes in Syria

    22 Turkish servicemen killed in airstrikes in Syria

    Idlib: At least 22 Turkish servicemen were killed following an airstrike in Idlib province of Syria. “There has been an airstrike by the regime forces against our military in Idlib.…

  • Photo of Erdogan condemns ‘massacres’ committed against Muslims in India

    Erdogan condemns ‘massacres’ committed against Muslims in India

    Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out Thursday against “massacres” of Muslims in India after communal riots in New Delhi left at least 38 dead. “India right now has…

  • Photo of Iran president slams US for spreading ‘fear’ over virus

    Iran president slams US for spreading ‘fear’ over virus

    Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to spread “fear” in Iran over a deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Coronavirus has claimed the lives…

  • Photo of Umrah pilgrims, others prevented from boarding flight to Jeddah

    Umrah pilgrims, others prevented from boarding flight to Jeddah

    Syed Hurairah Hyderabad: Several pilgrims from Hyderabad who intended to perform Umrah were not allowed to board their flight as the Saudi government’s travel restrictions on the heels of the Coronavirus…

  • Photo of UAE: Father sentenced to death for sexually abusing daughter

    UAE: Father sentenced to death for sexually abusing daughter

    Dubai: An Asian national was sentenced to death by the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court after it found him guilty of sexually abusing his minor daughter. According to reports, the…

  • Photo of Iranian lawmaker infected with coronavirus

    Iranian lawmaker infected with coronavirus

    Tehran: An Iranian lawmaker has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus which has infected a total of 139 people with 19 fatalities in the country. “I give this message (of…

  • Photo of 10 wounded in motorbike blast in Kabul

    10 wounded in motorbike blast in Kabul

    Kabul: At least 10 people were injured when an explosive-fitted motorbike exploded on Wednesday afternoon in Police District 6 in the Afghan capital, police said. The source at the site,…

  • Photo of Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims

    Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit Makkah over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry said. The government is “suspending entry to the Kingdom for the…

  • Photo of Netanyahu mourns ex-Egyptian president Mubarak’s death

    Netanyahu mourns ex-Egyptian president Mubarak’s death

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed sorrow over the death of his “personal friend”, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak. “On behalf of the citizens of Israel and…

  • Photo of Saudi court sentences 8 for spying for Iran: State TV

    Saudi court sentences 8 for spying for Iran: State TV

    Riyadh: A Saudi criminal court on Tuesday sentenced one citizen to death and seven others to jail on charges of treason and spying for the kingdom’s arch-nemesis Iran, state television…

  • Photo of Coronavirus: Countries in Mid-East shut borders as scare spreads

    Coronavirus: Countries in Mid-East shut borders as scare spreads

    Coronavirus has now spread to nine Middle Eastern countries, with more than 79,000 cases worldwide. Countries have now shut their borders with China and Iran in Mid-East as it records…

  • Photo of Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak passes away

    Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak passes away

    Cairo: Egypt’s former long-time president Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday at age 91 at Cairo’s Galaa military hospital, his brother-in-law General Mounir Thabet told AFP. Thabet, a former high-ranking military official, confirmed the…

  • Photo of Anonymous Donor donates Dh15,000 for ailing Egyptian woman

    Anonymous Donor donates Dh15,000 for ailing Egyptian woman

    Dubai: An anonymous donor donated Dh15,000 to a woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the past four years but was unable to afford the treatment. The donation was made through…

  • Photo of Four more Middle East nations report coronavirus cases

    Four more Middle East nations report coronavirus cases

    Dubai: The new coronavirus hit four more Middle Eastern states on Monday, with Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman reporting new cases and the UAE calling on its citizens not to…

  • Photo of Damascus-Aleppo highway officially opens for travel

    Damascus-Aleppo highway officially opens for travel

    Damascus: A week following its capture by the Syrian army, the Damascus-Aleppo strategic highway has been officially opened for the travel between the country’s south and north, according to the…

  • Photo of UN concerned over Afghan election result crisis

    UN concerned over Afghan election result crisis

    Kabul: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said that it was “extremely concerned” over the two man contenders — President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah —…

  • Photo of Iran reports 12 COVID-19 deaths, 47 infected

    Iran reports 12 COVID-19 deaths, 47 infected

    Tehran: Twelve people have died in Iran due to the novel coronavirus, while a total of 47 persons were infected by the deadly disease, Minister of Health and Medical Education…

  • Photo of Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence: army

    Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence: army

    Jerusalem: Israeli forces on Sunday shot dead a Palestinian suspected of placing a bomb near the Gaza border, before extracting his body with a bulldozer, the army said. “Following the…

  • Photo of Israel readies for third election in less than a year

    Israel readies for third election in less than a year

    Jerusalem: Israel is bracing for an unprecedented third election in under a year, with voters eyeing an end to the deadlock but polls indicating another tight race despite criminal charges…

  • Photo of Ghani to take oath of office on Thursday

    Ghani to take oath of office on Thursday

    Kabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has planned to take the oath of office on Thursday, after he secured a second-term as the country’s leader, according to an informed source. Besides…

  • Photo of Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus

    Israeli missiles intercepted over Damascus

    Damascus: The Syrian air defences intercepted a number of Israeli missiles over the capital Damascus, according to a state TV report. Several explosions were heard on Sunday night reverberating across…

  • Photo of 15 injured in Baghdad clashes

    15 injured in Baghdad clashes

    Baghdad: At least 15 people were injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said. The clashes erupted on…

  • Photo of Hosni Mubarak’s sons acquitted of corruption charges

    Hosni Mubarak’s sons acquitted of corruption charges

    Cairo: An Egyptian court has acquitted Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, in a corruption case. According to reports, the Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday…

  • Photo of Coronavirus spreads in Middle East

    Coronavirus spreads in Middle East

    Baghdad: New coronavirus cases surged across the Middle East on Friday, after a rapid spread in Iran, where authorities say the death toll from the virus has hit four, prompting…

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