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Syria's brutal war enters 10th year

Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions (AFP Photo/BARAA AL-HALABI) Beirut (AFP) – Syria’s brutal conflict entered its 10th year Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold over a war-wracked country where foreign powers are flexing their muscle. When Syrian anti-government demonstrators first ... Read More »

Iran says worsening outbreak could strain health facilities

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s official leading the response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East on Sunday acknowledged that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in the country, which is under severe U.S. sanctions. Muslim authorities, meanwhile, announced that the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem, the third holiest ... Read More »

Iran urges people to stay home as virus claims 113 lives

Iranian authorities are urging people to stay home as coronavirus claims 133 more deaths bringing the toll on Sunday to 724 (AFP Photo/STRINGER) More Tehran (AFP) – Iran on Sunday urged its citizens to stick to guidelines and stay at home to stop the new coronavirus spreading, as it announced ... Read More »

Austria Bans Gatherings as European Cases Climb: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Austria became the latest European country to severely restrict daily life as governments from Scandinavia to the Balkans imposed restrictions to fight the coronavirus. France is holding municipal elections Sunday even after the government closed restaurants, cafés and non-essential stores. The U.K. said its coronavirus strategy has been ... Read More »

Mali backs singer Rokia Traoré after French arrest

The Malian singer has been accused of kidnap after she lost her international custody battle More Mali’s government has issued a statement in support of the singer Rokia Traoré, who was arrested in Paris over a child custody dispute. The statement pointed out that she has a diplomatic passport. France ... Read More »

UN Airline Carbon Ruling Could Add Cost Pressure Amid Pandemic

(Bloomberg) — The global aviation regulator’s decision to toughen a new carbon market for airlines will cut supply of emission credits to offset greenhouse gases as the coronavirus slams ticket sales. Only credits from emissions-cutting projects beginning in the five years starting Jan. 1, 2016, will be allowed, the United ... Read More »

UN agency says over 400 migrants intercepted off Libya coast

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted over 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast and returned them to the capital of Tripoli over the past 24 hours, the U.N. migration agency said Sunday. The International Organization for Migration tweeted that 301 migrants on three boats were intercepted on ... Read More »

Coronavirus Lockdown Tightens Across Europe

(Bloomberg) — France closed restaurants, cafés and non-essential stores and Spain imposed a national lockdown as European governments from Scandinavia to the Balkans increasingly curtailed public life to fight the coronavirus. With France and Spain joining hard-hit Italy in halting most activities, three of the four major euro-area countries face ... Read More »

South Korea Wants to Show the World How to Tackle the Coronavirus

(Bloomberg) — South Korea has been praised for its effective response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now it wants to share its lessons with the world. South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump hold a G-20 teleconference summit to discuss how South Korea worked to reduce the ... Read More »

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, American exceptionalism and the virus

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans normally hear from ... Read More »

Apple Shuts Stores; Spain’s Cases Surge; U.S. Plan: Virus Update

Apple Shuts Stores; Spain’s Cases Surge; U.S. Plan: Virus Update More (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. will close hundreds of retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27 and is moving to remote work. Countries across Europe tightened border restrictions with new cases and deaths reported across the continent. In ... Read More »

Putin approves law that could keep him in power until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) More MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on constitutional changes that could keep him ... Read More »

Europe’s Borders Shut Against Virus as Switzerland Bars Italians

Europe’s Borders Shut Against Virus as Switzerland Bars Italians More (Bloomberg) — Europe’s borders continued to tighten in response to the worsening coronavirus outbreak as Russia closed two of its land frontiers and Switzerland barred Italians. Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed orders Saturday to close the land borders with ... Read More »

A Pandemic, an Oil Rout and Market Turmoil: Weekend Reads

(Bloomberg) — At a time of peak instability, this week has been especially rocky. What began with an oil rout that saw prices plummet after a breakdown in talks between OPEC and Russia saw Saudi Arabia kick off a price war ended with days of market turmoil fueled by fears ... Read More »

'He's an inmate': Anguish mounts over virus-hit nursing home

In this March 11, 2020, photo, Scott Sedlacek, right, who has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, wears a mask as he stands near reporters and listens to a spokesman for Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., during a daily press briefing. Sedlacek’s father, Chuck, who also has tested positive, ... Read More »

The Saudi-Russian oil price war explained

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Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops

This photo released by the government-affiliated Media Security Cell on Thursday, March 12, 2020, shows a rocket-rigged truck launcher after a rocket attack on Camp Taji, a few miles north of Baghdad, in Rashidiya, A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad, ... Read More »

US sees new pressure point as coronavirus hits Iran

Iranian firefighters and municipality workers disinfect streets in the capital Tehran in a bid to halt the wild spread of coronavirus (AFP Photo/STR) Washington (AFP) – After months of piling pressure on Tehran, the United States is seeing an unexpected new variable — the novel coronavirus, which has taken a ... Read More »

Iran says virus kills another 97, pushing death toll to 611

Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. The new coronavirus outbreak has reached Iran’s top officials, with its senior vice president, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials among those infected. The vast majority of people ... Read More »

Turkish, Russian troops to start Syria patrols on Sunday

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party in Parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Erdogan vowed on Wednesday to respond with greater military force to action by Syria’s government that would break a fragile cease-fire in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, that was brokered ... Read More »

Coronavirus: What misinformation has spread in Africa?

Currently 33 of 47 sub-Saharan African countries have testing facilities, up from only two in January More As cases of the coronavirus increase around the world, there’s been a flurry of misleading or false news stories emerging, as well. There have been relatively few confirmed cases of the virus in ... Read More »