Middle East

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani delivers a message for the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, in Tehran, March 20, 2020.
President Rouhani said that large gatherings will still be banned as the country battles a COVID-19 outbreak 
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Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:54
FILE - Protesters, some wearing face masks, march during an anti-government rally in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriyah, March 1, 2020.
More than a dozen casualties among Iraqi security forces reported in Nasiriya after protesters flout curfew, attack checkpoints
Edward Yeranian
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 13:39
FILE - Migrants sit on the floor at a detention center inTajoura, in the eastern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, Nov. 29, 2019.
The UNHCR is calling for the orderly release of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees held in Libya under conditions that threaten their health and well-being
Lisa Schlein
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 13:17
Prison guards say they worry about jailbreaks, as inmates grow more and more frustrated on Feb. 16, 2020 in Hasseka, Syria. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
Delivery of aid comes less than a week after a prison riot allowed some IS fighters to break free and as overcrowded conditions have many worried about a coronavirus outbreak
Jeff Seldin
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 06:12
An Iraqi public hospital specialised doctor takes samples from Iraqi citizens in Baghdad's suburb of Sadr City on April 2, 2020…
International press watchdog warns that banning British news outlet would greatly diminish availability of reliable reporting in the country amid pandemic
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 18:03
Unmasked worshippers offer Friday prayers at a mosque during a lockdown to to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in…
Mosques remain open in Pakistan, even as they have been shut down across much of the Middle East and elsewhere
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:25
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 17, 2020, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani gives a press conference at the…
Iran's parliament announced Ali Larijani's illness on its website, saying he was receiving treatment in quarantine
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Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:22
Iran's national flag waves as Milad telecommunications tower and buildings are seen in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 31, 2020…
New intelligence builds on warnings US efforts to deter Iran have not been able to influence the use of proxy forces
Jeff Seldin
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 00:12
Religious Adherence Complicates Israel’s Coronavirus Concerns
Country’s ultra-Orthodox community has resisted government bans on large gatherings
Linda Gradstein
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 17:48
Men, some in protective gear, bury a coronavirus victim at a cemetery outside Tehran, Iran, March 30, 2020.
Iranian opposition sources say actual death toll from coronavirus may be higher than 15,000
Edward Yeranian
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 14:50
FILE - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City.
Twitter said Thursday it has removed thousands of accounts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia and Serbia that allegedly took direction from governments or pushed pro-government content
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Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:56
Iraqi health ministry workers pray by a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus at a new cemetery for the people outside the town of Najaf.
Iraq's health ministry, the only official outlet for information on the COVID-19 disease, could not immediately be reached for comment
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Thu, 04/02/2020 - 13:44
Trials of IS Fighters in Syria Suspended Indefinitely
Foreign prisoners have been held in Syria for more than a year with no charges, trials or solution in sight
Heather Murdock
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:02
A security person wears a mask as he checks vehicles entering a compound for Saudi Aramco in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday,…
Oil prices have halved to under $26 a barrel since Saudi Arabia and other producers led by Russia — collectively known as OPEC+ — failed to agree a joint supply response to the slump in fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic   
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By Reuters
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 09:42
Prison guards say they worry about jailbreaks, as inmates grow more and more frustrated on Feb. 16, 2020 in Hasseka, Syria. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
Foreign prisoners have been held in Syria for more than a year with no charges, trials or solutions in sight
Heather Murdock
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:12

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