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Syria’s non-compliance over chemical weapons causes a dilemma

When the 193 countries that are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention hold their annual meeting next week they will face a tricky question regarding one of the members. The general assumption of… → Read More

Middle East prepares for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines

The coronavirus pandemic is about to enter a new phase as vaccines become available. Countries in the Middle East are making preparations and here is a round-up of what they are doing. Some — mostly… → Read More

Covid-19 cases in Middle East rise above three million: a monthly update

The number of people known to have been infected with Covid-19 in the Middle East and North Africa passed the three million mark at the end of October. Across the region as a whole the level of new… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 3 October

Almost 2.4 million Covid-19 infections have now been recorded in the Middle East and North Africa and the situation has worsened considerably over the past month. New cases, which were averaging… → Read More

Iraqi politicians awarded ‘degrees’ by unrecognised university

Two Iraqi politicians have been awarded bogus degrees by a self-proclaimed university in Denmark, it has emerged. → Read More

Indian police raid fake university’s degree ceremony

On Saturday police in the Indian city of Mysore raided a ceremony where more than 100 people dressed in gowns and mortarboards were about to receive fake degrees. The would-be graduates had paid up… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 26 September

More than 2.2 million Covid-19 infections have now been recorded in the Middle East and North Africa and the situation continues to worsen. The total of new cases across the region, which was… → Read More

Iraqi-linked academy issues worthless degrees in Denmark

The Aalborg Academy of Science is not a university, though it pretends to be one. It is the latest in a series of privately-run institutions found to be operating in Europe without proper… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 12 September

Covid-19 infections in the Middle East and North Africa have risen to new heights over the last few days. The total of new cases across the region has averaged almost 18,000 a day this week… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 5 September

New Covid-19 infections in the Middle East and North Africa remain fairly constant according to official figures, ranging between 14,000 and 15,000 cases a day during the last three weeks. Among the… → Read More

Degrees of deception: how fake universities targeted the Middle East

Two fake universities based in Norway have been awarding worthless doctorates and diplomas to people in the Middle East, an investigation has revealed. One of them is Bay Ridge University for Studies… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 29 August

New Covid-19 infections in the Middle East and North Africa remain fairly constant at around 14,000 a day, according to official figures. Among the 20 countries monitored, ten recorded an increase… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 15 August

The Middle East and North Africa has seen an overall rise in Covid-19 infections during the past week, with an average of almost 13,600 new cases reported each day. Among the 20 countries monitored… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 8 August

In the Middle East and North Africa the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be slowly subsiding. A month ago, new infections across the region were running at almost 16,000 a day. Since then, the seven-day… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 1 August

More than 97,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Middle East and North Africa during the past week, though many others are not recorded in the official figures. Among the 20 countries… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 25 July

More than 1.2 million people in the Middle East and North Africa have so far been infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Across the 20 countries monitored new cases currently average around 14,000 a… → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 18 July

The past week has brought a small but possibly significant decline in the overall number of new Covid-19 infections across the Middle East and North Africa. Over the past seven days new cases in the… → Read More

Coronavirus in Yemen: signs of an end to Aden’s deadly plague

When the coronavirus swept into the Yemeni city of Aden there was little to stand in its way. → Read More

Covid-19 in the Middle East: situation report for week ending 27 June 2020

The initial wave of Covid-19 infections has passed its peak in most countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Many have now embarked on a step-by-step process of easing lockdowns and other… → Read More

Yemen’s health system is collapsing as coronavirus spreads, UN warns

Yemen’s health system is “overwhelmed and collapsing” as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, the UN body that coordinates relief in emergencies and natural disasters has warned. People with… → Read More