Saudi Arabia locks down oil province, suspends schools

Measures in the eastern oil-producing province of Qatif are not expected to affect Saudi Arabia's oil output

Coronavirus spreads to almost all provinces in Iran, Hassan Rouhani says

The president made the announcement after the country cancelled upcoming Friday prayers in all provincial capitals this week due to the virus

Satellite imagery reveals scale of destruction in Syria’s Idlib province

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative researchers see agricultural fields filled with camps for the displaced and levelled villages and towns

Netanyahu starts coalition talks after claiming election victory

Netanyahu and religious and nationalist allies look set to defeat rival Benny Gantz

Idlib assault intensifies ahead of Russia-Turkey talks

Showdown comes ahead of meeting between presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin this week

Iran’s ministers are down with coronavirus with the country’s death toll now at 77

The original deputy health minister admitted he had tested positive a day after he had coughed during a news conference

Health care evaporates for devastated Syrians as air strikes intensify

Medical staff in the Syrian province say there has been a marked rise in miscarriages and premature births in the past two months

Netanyahu seeks re-election in Israel third ballot in a year

Another deadlock looms despite Israel’s longest-serving prime minister facing graft charges

Qatar plays vital role in securing US-Taliban peace deal

Accord creates a path for the US to gradually withdraw from Afghanistan and potentially end the 18-year conflict

Benjamin Netanyahu woos West Bank settlers ahead of election

Netanyahu’s announcement would give the go-ahead for 3,500 homes for Israelis to be built on a parcel of barren hills known as E-1

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former ‘pharaoh’, dead at 91

Mubarak, Egypt’s longest-serving ruler in 150 years, was forced from office partly by the Arab Spring

Syrians fleeing war find homes below ground or near graves

The violence has forced 900,000 Syrians to flee their homes or shelters; more than half of them children

Saudi Arabia’s bid to arrest female rapper branded hypocritical

Mecca governor Khaled al-Faisal has ordered the arrest of those behind a music video featuring Asayel Slay

Will Israel’s third poll in 11 months prove any different for Benjamin Netanyahu?

Most surveys consistently show his Likud party slightly trailing former military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White bloc

Dirty-money watchdog likely to blacklist Iran over anti-terrorism financing

The Financial Action Task Force has been warning Iran for three years, but the blacklisting will add pressure to the few banks still operating with Iran

Air strikes in Yemen kill at least 31 civilians, 19 of them children

The strike took place in rebel-held northern Yemen, in what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

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