Death toll rises to 135 and thousands injured in huge Beirut blast

President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures

Beirut blast kills nearly 80 and injures thousands

Officials say the death toll likely to rise and blame the blast on port warehouse storing ammonium nitrate

Number of Mecca pilgrims reduced from millions to a few thousand

Saudis and foreign residents gather under strict conditions, with the Grand Mosque cleaned with 54,000 litres of disinfectant a day

Mosul’s train station, a gateway to the world, caught in the crossfire

From Agatha Christie to dictators, for decades the way-station linked Baghdad to 72 locations every day; many hope it may be resurrected

Lebanon the first Mena country to have hyperinflation

Joining Zimbabwe and Venezuela, Lebanon has had an inflation rate higher than 50% for 30 consecutive days

UN calls Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

About 40% of the population in southern Yemen now face ‘acute food insecurity’, worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic

No aid for UAE’s migrant workers left strapped and stranded

Low-paid foreign workers make up 90% of the Emirates’ workforce, with some not paid in months, and not sign of payment in the future

Lebanon brings in turnaround specialist Alvarez & Marsal as economic crisis deepens

Central bank grapples with a financial meltdown that has seen the Lebanese pound lose more than 60% of its value in the past month

Saudis facing 50°C days burn more oil as Covid-19 keeps them home for summer

Each August, Saudi Arabia uses 726,000 barrels of oil daily for power generation — more than double the amount for the months of January and February

Gulf deficits to reach $490bn by 2023 due to oil and virus hits, says S

Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, will account for 55% of the total GCC states' deficits, says ratings agency

Iran arrests people behind protests in southwest of country

Security forces broke up gathering last week without there being any casualties or damage to property, police says

UAE has its hopes set on Mars 2117 with new space launch

‘Hope’, an unmanned probe, is due to be launched soon, with an eye to reminding Arab youth of the region’s ‘knowledge-generating past’

Iran blames ‘human error’ in downing of Ukrainian jet

The Ukraine aeroplane was struck by two missiles after taking off from Tehran's main airport, killing all 176 people on board

S&P downgrades two Dubai property giants to junk status

Emaar Properties and DIFC Investments are cut to BB+ by ratings agency on expectations the economy will shrink in 2020

Yemen’s children starve as conflict drags into seventh year

War in the Arabian peninsula's poorest country mutates into what the UN says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

Iran says fire at Natanz nuclear facility caused significant damage

Iran declines to say what caused the fire in the same week as blasts at Parchin military base and a medical clinic

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