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Iraq's prime minister says 'difficult' decisions lie ahead after deadly hospital blaze

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi said on Tuesday that he will make "difficult" decisions following a hospital oxygen-tank explosion that ripped through wards full of trapped patients. At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured in a huge fire in the pulmonary intensive care unit on the

Saudi Arabia confirms 13 COVID-19 deaths, 958 new cases

Saudi Arabia recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,913.The Ministry of Health confirmed 958 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 413,174 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total numbe

Iranian FM arrives in Iraq on official visit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Iraq on Monday as part of an official visit to discuss relations between both countries. During a joint press conference, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stressed that it is in Iraq's interest to work with Iran t

1.5 million people visit Makkah’s Grand Mosque during first ten days of Ramadan

RIYADH: Approximately 1.5 million worshippers and pilgrims visited the Grand Mosque in Makkah during the first ten days of Ramadan.Strict measures including social distancing and the wearing of face masks are being observed to ensure that visitors to the Grand Mosque can worship in safety, Saudi P

Iraq Interior Ministry: 82 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said Sunday that 82 people died and 110 were injured in a catastrophic fire that broke out in the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital tending to severe coronavirus patients.Negligence on the part of hospital authorities has been blamed for the Saturday night fi

Saudi Arabia destroys three explosive-laden drones

Saudi Arabia destroyed three explosives-laden drones fired towards civilian populations in the kingdom's southern cities of Jazan and Khamis Mushait, state media reported on Friday. The Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the internationally recognised Yemeni government said they fo

Kuwait suspends all commercial flights with India over high COVID-19 cases

Kuwait has suspended all flights from India until further notice after the south Asian nation ‘due to the current health condition in the republic,’ state news agency KUNA reported.The region’s busiest international air hub, the UAE, earlier suspended flights to and from India fr

Coronavirus: UAE administers 10 million vaccine doses

The UAE administered 10 million vaccine doses against Covid-19 in just a few months. The country hit the milestone on Thursday, after 101,239 more people received a shot against the disease in the previous 24 hours. This took the total number of doses administered to 10,001,241 or 101.12 fo

Oman bars entry of travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as COVID-19 precaution

Oman has barred the entry of travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh effective on April 24 as a continuing precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease. The country’s Supreme Committee, tasked with tackling the coronavirus pandemic, said the ban would cover passengers who

UAE hits COVID-19 vaccine administration milestone

The UAE hit a milestone in its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign after achieving a vaccine distribution rate of 100.10 doses per 100 people. The number signifies that at least one dose of the vaccine has been administered to all residents in the UAE. With 111,176 doses of the COVID-19 vacc

Saudi Arabia announces 12 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia recorded 12 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,846.The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,028 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 408,038 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total num

Saudi king and crown prince offer condolences over Egypt train accident

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, following a train accident in Qalyubia province, north of the capital.At least 11 people were killed and nearly 100 injured on Sunday when four train carriages derailed in the city

Iraq taking up role to reduce regional tensions, says foreign ministry

Iraq is taking on a constructive role in “reducing” regional tensions, the country's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Baghdad has been working to restore ties with its regional neighbours since the US-led invasion of 2003. “Proactive diplomacy is a method we are devoted to, it

Iraq plans Covid-19 vaccine passports for travellers

Iraq plans to issue a vaccine passport as proof of immunisation against coronavirus for those wishing to travel abroad, the country’s health minister said on Sunday. Hassan Al Tamimi told the Iraqi News Agency that the ministry will begin compiling information on vaccinations next week. Ir

Saudi Arabia records 27,377 COVID-19 violations

Saudi authorities continued their monitoring campaigns to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).They recorded 27,377 violations of the regulations within one week, according to recent statistics from the Ministry of Inter

Bahrain's King Hamad receives Saudi interior minister

 Bahrain’s King Hamad received Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif at Sakhir Palace in the kingdom’s western region on Sunday.At the beginning of the meeting, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud conveyed greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salm

Qatar: We will provide vaccination against Corona to all those attending the 2022 World Cup

The Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, announced that his country will provide vaccination against "Corona" for all those attending the 2022 World Cup. According to the Qatari "Al Sharq" website, Al Thani said, upon hosting the "Racina Dialogue 2021", that his country is

Only 14 intensive care beds remain free in Oman as Covid-19 surges

Hospital beds are filling in Oman as Covid-19 cases soar, the sultanate’s health minister said on Tuesday. “The capacity of the intensive care units will run out if the situation remains like this,” Dr Ahmed Al Saidi said. “The reasons behind the hike in numbers are the n