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Health Ministry issues guide to tourists in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has recommended measures to tourists and travelers to prevent them from contracting or spreading coronavirus. The measures are to be taken while traveling, in residence, in open recreational areas such as beaches and parks, in closed entertainment places, while out shopping, and in restaurants and cinemas. There are also measures to be taken while ...

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Saudi Arabia virus deaths climb as 49 victims revealed

JEDDAH: Saudi health authorities announced 49 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the Kingdom’s death toll from the virus to 1,698. A total of 3,402 new cases were also announced, with 401 in Riyadh, 283 in Dammam, 229 in Al-Hafouf, 198 in Makkah and 173 in Al-Qattif. The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom has reached 194,225, with ...

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Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

360 new cases were reported in Riyadh A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 56 more deaths from COVID-19 and 4,128 new cases of the disease on Saturday. Of the new cases, 360 were reported in Riyadh, 315 in Dammam, 217 in Hufof and 214 in Qatif. The ...

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Israel Announces Partnership With U.A.E., Which Throws Cold Water On It

TEL AVIV, Israel — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced a new partnership with the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, portraying it as the latest advance in the Jewish state’s efforts to build stronger ties with Arab states. But Mr. Netanyahu’s ebullient description was contradicted a few hours later when the ...

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A team of researchers from the Racah Institute of Physics and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem estimated that in line with the country’s steady rise of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, more than 100 deaths can be expected in the coming weeks. The study points to May 15, the date when events with large gatherings were permitted by the government, ...

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Israel’s border police chief tests positive for COVID-19

The health condition of Yaakov Shabtai is good, the police statement said, adding an epidemiologic investigation is being conducted to find out the contacts with him for home quarantine. On Thursday, Shabtai was seen standing alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and the army chief of staff Aviv Kochavi in a memorial ceremony in Jerusalem for soldiers ...

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Lebanon, Iraq discuss exchanging oil for food

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar discussed on Friday exchanging Iraq’s oil with Lebanon’s food and other industries, news agencies reported. According to Anadolu Agency, the discussions took place during Jabbar’s visit to Beirut and his meeting with Diab and other Lebanese ministers. In a press conference held after the meeting, Diab announced: “We discussed the ...

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Counter-Terrorism forces take greater role in Iraq

Since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn in on May 7, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) have taken part in several high-profile operations and seem ever more in the foreground of the country’s security efforts. Their June 26 arrests of over a dozen Kataib Hezbollah (KH) fighters in a Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) headquarters in southern Baghdad sparked concern that ...

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Turkey says it killed three PKK members in northern Iraq

Turkey attacked positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and three PKK members were killed. Weapons including rocket launchers, hand grenades, and assault rifles were destroyed, the Turkish defence ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, two fighter jets detected and destroyed “terror targets” with ties to the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in ...

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Draft UN resolution urges reopening of Iraq-Syria border crossing

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Officials have called for a key border crossing connecting Iraq with Kurdish-administered areas of northern Syria, also known as Rojava, to be reopened for aid amid severe food and medical shortages. Germany and Belgium submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council in mid-June which would reopen the al-Yarubiyah crossing, connecting Rojava with Rabia in Nineveh ...

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