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Coronavirus: Iran appeals for $5bn IMF loan as deaths near 4,000

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani said international public opinion would not tolerate discrimination against Iran Iran has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $5bn (£4bn) emergency loan to help fight the coronavirus, as its death toll neared 4,000. President Hassan Rouhani warned that “there should …

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Yemen: Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire

Image copyright EPA Image caption The UN had called on both sides to end fighting and ramp up efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak A Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen has declared a ceasefire, according to officials. Sources told the BBC the ceasefire will come into effect …

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Coronavirus: Iran appeals for $5bn IMF loan as deaths pass 4,000

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani said international public opinion would not tolerate discrimination against Iran Iran has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to an approve a $5bn (£4bn) emergency loan to help fight the coronavirus, as its death toll passed 4,000. President Hassan Rouhani warned that “there …

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Israeli man charged with spying for Iran

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The man is accused of trying to recruit people to launch terrorist attacks in Israel An Israeli man has been indicted on charges of spying for Iran and preparing terrorist attacks. Shin Bet, the country’s internal security service, said the man had been in …

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Coronavirus: Iran’s official death toll passes 3,000

Image copyright Wana via Reuters Image caption Iran is the worst-hit country in the Middle East Iran’s official death toll from the coronavirus disease has passed 3,000. Health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour reported 138 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,036. The number of confirmed cases …

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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to delay Hajj bookings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pilgrims circle the Kaaba in Mecca’s Great Mosque during the Hajj in August 2019 Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims planning to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage to delay booking amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Hajj Minister Mohammed Banten said the kingdom was concerned …

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Coronavirus: Syria reports first death amid warning of spread

Image copyright EPA Image caption The virus could be spreading fast in Syria, medics warn Syria’s health ministry has said a woman has died from the coronavirus disease – the war-torn country’s first officially reported fatality. The woman died on Sunday after being taken to hospital, state media reported, without …

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