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Iraq COVID-19 tally touches 15,414

The Iraqi Health Ministry confirmed 1,146 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number to 15,414 in the country

Abdul Hussein Mohammed Hassan, the muezzin of the Basra Al-Musawi mosque, one of the city's larger mosques, prays alone since all places of worship remain closed as part of the preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Basra, Iraq, 2 May 2020.

Iraq, US launch strategic talks

After months of tensions, Baghdad and Washington are poised to launch strategic talks Thursday to reset ties—but even with a new US-friendly Iraqi premier, a major breakthrough is unlikely


Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi meets with senior Iraqi officers during his visit in Kirkuk, Iraq on 2 June.

Saudi considers limiting hajj pilgrims amid COVID-19 fears

Saudi Arabia could drastically limit numbers at the annual hajj pilgrimage to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus after cases in the country topped 100,000, sources familiar with the matter ...

Laylat al-Qadr during global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on 19 May 2020.

Iran re-emerges as hardest-hit Mideast country by COVID-19

Iran has re-emerged as the hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East region, as the country is witnessing a respike of the pandemic with its confirmed cases going beyond 173,000

Couple wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they walk at Enghelab square, in Tehran, Iran.

Saudi COVID-19 cases exceed 100,000, new infections on the rise

The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia exceeded 100,000 on Sunday following a rise in new infections over the past ten days.

A security woman checks the temperature of a woman at Riyadh International Airport, after Saudi Arabia reopened domestic flights, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 31 May 2020.

Iran bemoans ill-discipline as virus cases swell again

Iran on Tuesday lamented that people were ignoring social distancing rules as it reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus infections in a second cresting wave

Iranians shop the capital Tehran on 2 June 2020 during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

Saudi Arabia reopens mosques with strict regulations for worshippers

Saudi Arabia’s mosques opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday for the first time in more than two months as the kingdom, the birthplace of Islam, eased restrictions imposed to combat the ...

Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the Al-Rajhi Mosque while practicing social distancing, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 31 May.

Israel's Netanyahu goes on trial for corruption

Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday became the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial, proclaiming his innocence in the corridor before walking into court to face charges of bribery, fraud and ...

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, stands inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court 24 May, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Saudi, UAE mosques to stay closed for Eid prayers

Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid-ul-Fitr festival, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday, calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the ...

A man disinfects inside Banya Bashi mosque, before the last Friday prayers of fasting holy month of Ramadan ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 19 April, 2020.

Saudi to observe Eid Sunday

It means Bangladesh will most likely to be celebrating the Eid on Monday, as in most cases moon is sighted here a day after that had been sighted in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi to observe Eid Sunday
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