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Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over coronavirus

A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year in comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be canceled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year — comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In February, the kingdom took the extraordinary decision to close off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners over the virus, a step which… → Read More

Dubai firm tied to Trump posts loss as virus downturn looms

DAMAC Properties, Dubai's largest, fully private real estate developer, has posted its first yearly loss since becoming a publicly traded company in 2013 → Read More

Dubai firm tied to Trump posts loss as virus downturn looms

Dubai’s largest, fully private real estate developer posted on Sunday its first yearly loss since becoming a publicly traded company, a worrying sign for the sheikhdom’s already-reeling vital property market that’s been hit with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Dubai firm tied to Trump posts loss as virus downturn looms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai’s largest, fully private real estate developer posted on Sunday its first yearly loss since becoming a publicly traded company, a worrying sign for the sheikhdom’s already-reeling vital property market that’s been hit with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. DAMAC Properties, which has business ties to U.S. President Donald … → Read More

In Iran, False Belief A Poison Fights Virus Kills Hundreds

Nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the new coronavirus. → Read More

In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic. → Read More

In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

But in messages forwarded and forwarded again, Iranian social media accounts in Farsi falsely suggested a British school teacher and others cured themselves of the coronavirus with whiskey and honey, based on a tabloid story from early February. → Read More

In Iran, false belief a poison fights coronavirus kills hundreds

Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. → Read More

In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for... → Read More

US, UAE troops Hold Major Exercise amid Virus, Iran Tensions

U.S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city. → Read More

US, UAE troops hold major exercise amid virus, Iran tensions

AL-HAMRA MILITARY BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U. S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city, a drill conducted amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra Military Base to take the model city, complete with multi-story buildings, an airport control… → Read More

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Iran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the virus could be man-made by America. “I do not know how real this accusation is but when it exists, who in their right mind would trust you to bring them medication → Read More

Iran Leader Refuses U.S. Help to Fight COVID-19, Citing Conspiracy Theory

Iran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance to fight the coronavirus, citing a conspiracy theory that the virus could be made by America. → Read More

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Iran’s supreme leader Sunday refused U.S. assistance to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America. → Read More

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Iran's supreme leader refused U. S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments come as Iran faces crushing U. S. sanctions blocking the country from selling its crude oil and accessing international financial markets. → Read More

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by... → Read More

'Virus at Iran's gates': How Tehran failed to halt outbreak

"Quarantines belong to the Stone Age," Iraj Harirchi insisted.A day later, he was in quarantine from the virus. → Read More

Iran warns virus could kill ‘millions’ in Islamic Republic

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran issued its most dire warning yet Tuesday about the outbreak of the new coronavirus ravaging the country, suggesting “millions” could die in the Islamic Re… → Read More

In new spike, Iran says 135 more people died of coronavirus

Iran says the new coronavirus has killed 135 more people, a 13% spike that raises the death toll to 988 amid 16,169 infections. → Read More