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Tunisia prints banknote featuring first woman doctor, Dr Tewhida ben Sheikh

The Central Bank of Tunisia announced on Thursday that the new 10 Tunisian dinar note would feature female doctor Tewhida ben Sheikh, a first for the country. Ben Sheikh (1909-2010) was the first Muslim woman to become a physician in North Africa in the 20th century, and is particularly renowned fo


Red Cross urges Israel to reduce Palestinian inmates

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday called on Israel to reduce the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons due to the coronavirus outbreak. "Coronavirus is a major challenge for the [Israeli] detention authorities, but its obligations towards detainees remain i


Syrian air defenses intercept ‘hostile targets’ over Homs: State media

Syrian air defenses have intercepted “hostile targets” over the city of Homs, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. State television said the air defense system had downed Israeli missiles. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.


Iraqi PM-designate urges lifting of sanctions on Iran to protect Iraq

Iraq’s prime minister-designate Adnan al-Zurfi called on the international community to help Iran face the coronavirus pandemic by ‘lifting or easing’ sanctions on the Islamic Republic, as the outbreak in Iran has health and security repercussions on Iraq. “Helping Iran face


Statement by the Yemeni Youth Forum for Peace demanding unified movement against Corona pandemic

Statement by the Yemeni Youth Forum for Peace demanding unified movement against Corona pandemic March 27, 2020   In the light of the Corona pandemic or what has come to be known as COVID-19, we are not surprised by the UN Peace Envoy in Yemen, Mr. Martin Griffiths, calling conflict partie


Lebanon to impose overnight shutdown

Lebanon will begin an overnight shutdown from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., with some exceptions to be announced later, as it steps up measures to combat coronavirus, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said on Thursday. Earlier, Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni issued a circular asking all public institutions


US-led forces leave Iraqi military base near Mosul in drawdown

Troops with the US-led coalition fighting ISIS began departing an air base in northern Iraq on Thursday, handing it over fully to the Iraqi military as part of a reduction of foreign forces in the country. The overall drawdown will see coalition forces move into a smaller number of bases and reduce


Coalition supports Yemeni govt acceptance of UN call for ceasefire

The Arab Coalition said on Wednesday it supports the Yemeni government decision to accept the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a ceasefire in Yemen to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) citing the coalition’s spokespers


Egypt, Syria announce nighttime curfews to slow virus

The Middle East’s most populous country, Egypt, as well as Syria, a country ravaged by nine years of war, will impose nightly curfews starting this week in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, their governments announced Tuesday, The International Monetary Fund meanwhile warne


Women’s Beauty Salons Raided by Yemen's Houthis

The government of the Houthi coup in Yemen has adopted twenty precautionary measures that it claims are meant to fight COVID-19 such as the closure of beauty salons for women. This procedure reminds Yemenis of what the leader of the coup had previously stated that women’s Islamic robes were a


First coronavirus cases in Gaza spark fears of spread in confined space

The arrival of the coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished enclave where the health care system has been gutted by years of conflict, raised fears Sunday the pandemic may soon prey on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. Authorities in Gaza, which has been under an Israeli a


Coronavirus: UAE temporarily shuts beaches, pools, cinemas, gyms

Tuqa Khalid The United Arab Emirates will temporarily close all public and private beaches and swimming pools, cinemas, public parks and gyms across the country for a renewable period of two weeks starting from Sunday March 22, as part of the country’s latest measures to combat the spread of


Algeria suspends public transport, closes cafes and restaurants

Algeria will suspend public transport, close cafes and restaurants, tell half its state employees to stay home and order security forces to tighten the bar on public gatherings, the government said on Thursday. The measures will come into force on Sunday, after the weekend which is marked on Friday


American accused of human rights violations freed in Lebanon

A US citizen who had faced decades-old murder and torture charges in Lebanon has been freed, a senator who had pushed for his release announced Thursday. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement that she had spoken with Amer Fakhoury on the phone soon after his release. Lebanese of


UN names new head of troubled Palestinian refugee agency

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appointed Swiss humanitarian expert Philippe Lazzarini to head the beleaguered UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which has faced a financial crisis following the cutoff of US funding and a crisis of confidence after its previous leader was accused


Algeria to suspend all flights to and from France over coronavirus

Algeria’s state carrier Air Algerie will suspend all flights to and from France starting March 17 due to the coronavirus outbreak, state television reported on Sunday. But Air Algerie will arrange emergency flights to bring back dozens of Algerian travelers and those based in France, it said.


Nearly five million children born into Syria war: UNICEF

At least 4.8 million children were born since Syria’s war began nine years ago while 9,000 others have been killed or wounded in the conflict, the UN children’s agency said Sunday. An additional one million children were born as refugees since the conflict erupted on March 15, 2011, UNI


Tunisia arrests five people over US embassy attack

Five people have been arrested in Tunisia over a double suicide attack that killed a police officer near the US embassy in Tunis last week, the prosecution said on Tuesday. Two suicide bombers struck outside the embassy on Friday, wounding six other people and again shaking a city repeatedly hit by





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