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what’s next for Britain after PM Boris Johnson hospitalized in intensive care

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved into intensive care, a day after being hospitalized with coronavirus. So, with the PM out of action, how will the British government function?

06 April 2020 11:51 PM

Iraqi FM denies sending funds to citizens abroad

​Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim on Monday affirmed that the ministry does not distribute government funds among citizens abroad, and is not authorized for such action.

06 April 2020 04:52 PM

Next government’s program must include early election: Allawi

​Head of the National (Wataniya) Coalition Ayad Allawi considered that the next government will be temporary and does not need a prolonged government program.

06 April 2020 04:46 PM

Rockets fired at Basra desperate attempt to disrupt oil operations: Min.

The Iraqi Ministry of Oil on Monday considered that the rockets that landed in the vicinity of some oil sites in Basra Governorate a desperate attempt to disrupt the oil operations that represent the backbone of the national economy.

06 April 2020 04:41 PM

Iran seeks to use crisis to force US out of Iraq

In recent weeks, Iran-backed Shiite militias have become more empowered and emboldened in attacking US personnel in Iraq and advancing

06 April 2020 02:36 PM

Germany draws up plans to end lockdown after April 19

Germany has drawn up a list of measures, including an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing

06 April 2020 02:31 PM

Spain's pace of coronavirus deaths slows again

Spain’s pace of new coronavirus deaths slowed for the fourth day on Sunday as the government contemplated a gradual easing of a lockdown since

06 April 2020 02:29 PM

Iran will never ask U.S. for coronavirus help: official

Iran will never ask the United States for help in the fight against the new coronavirus, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday

06 April 2020 02:23 PM

Rockets hit oil district in southern Iraq; no casualties

Rockets landed near a district that houses foreign workers in Iraq’s oil industry early on Monday, including U.S. oil service company Halliburton

06 April 2020 02:20 PM

Iran death toll from coronavirus outbreak reaches 3,739: health ministry

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus outbreak has reached 3,739, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV on Monday

06 April 2020 02:18 PM

Berlin official backs away after accusing US of confiscating masks

After accusing Trump of being behind the confiscation of 200,000 masks allocated for Berlin police, Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s senator for the interior, backed away from those remarks, affirming that the shipment was requested from a German company and not the American 3M.

05 April 2020 10:20 PM

Iraq reports 81 new coronavirus cases, 5 deaths

The Iraqi authorities have officially reported a total of 961 coronavirus cases, after 81 new cases were confirmed.

05 April 2020 08:21 PM

MP says Iraqi PM-designate Zurfi will be replaced within hours

​A Fatah Alliance Parliament Member on Sunday said a "semi-final" agreement was reached between the Shiite political blocs to replace Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zurfi within hours.

05 April 2020 08:17 PM

Protesters clash with security forces as Zurfi hands agenda to parl't

raqi Prime Minister-designate Adnan Zurfi presented his agenda Saturday to Parliament as government security forces clashed with protesters defying a government-imposed curfew, Voice of America reported.

05 April 2020 08:10 PM

Iraq's oil minister optimistic about reaching deal to reduce oil output

Iraq's oil minister is optimistic about reaching a new deal among producers to reduce oil output after phone calls with some of his OPEC+ counterparts, his ministry said in a statement on Sunday, Reuters reported.

05 April 2020 08:05 PM

Iraqis rally to help needy families as virus hits, economy falters

On an abandoned sidewalk in Baghdad, under strict government curfew to contain the novel coronavirus, a handful of volunteers with masks and gloves make food packages for needy families.

05 April 2020 06:30 PM

Spain's coronavirus death toll rises by 674 to 12,418

Spain’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 674 to 12,418 in the last day, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. A day earlier the toll rose

05 April 2020 02:45 PM

Jordan to use drones, cameras to monitor curfew

Jordan said it is to use drones and surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with a nationwide curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel

05 April 2020 02:39 PM

Global COVID-19 deaths top 60,000, number of cases hit 1.17 million

The number of coronavirus deaths worldwide totaled 63,437 on Saturday, with Europe accounting for over 45,000, or two-thirds of the total.

05 April 2020 02:33 PM

Germany reports third straight drop in daily rate of new coronavirus infections

Germany’s confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 5,936 in the past 24 hours to 91,714 on Sunday, the third straight drop in the daily rate

05 April 2020 02:28 PM

Yemen's warring parties accuse each other of attacking pipeline

Warring factions in Yemen accused each other on Sunday of attacking an oil pipeline pumping station in the central province of Marib, where

05 April 2020 02:25 PM

Iran's deaths from coronavirus reach 3,603: health ministry

The death toll in Iran from the outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached 3,603, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement

05 April 2020 02:23 PM

Iran's Rouhani says low-risk economic activities to resume from April 11 amid coronavirus

Iran’s president said on Sunday “low-risk” economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by

05 April 2020 02:20 PM

12,000 arrested in Baghdad for violating curfew since March: command

The Baghdad Operations Command on Saturday announced the arrest of more than 12,000 people for violating the curfew since it was imposed on March 17th.

05 April 2020 01:24 AM

Trump says he may impose tariffs on oil imports

U.S President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will consider imposing tariffs on oil imports as he criticized plans by other major global oil producers to cut output, suggesting the United States will not join them.

05 April 2020 12:36 AM

Trump announces deploying military personnel to fight coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday the U.S. government would be deploying thousands military personnel to states to help them deal with the coronavirus epidemic, Reuters reported.

05 April 2020 12:34 AM

Trump defends firing intelligence official Michael Atkinson

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had every right to fire the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president last year, Reuters reported.

05 April 2020 12:31 AM

Iranian intelligence involved in killing dissident in Turkey

In a tweet on Wednesday the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said disturbing reports about involvement of Iranian diplomats in the assassination of a dissident in Turkey are "fully consistent with their assignments" and called them "agents of terror", Radio Farda reported.

04 April 2020 11:17 PM

Iran warns of coronavirus surge

A senior Iranian health official said the greater Tehran area may face a coronavirus resurgence after many residents flouted advisories to stay home, crowding streets and causing traffic jams across the city as the country's New Year holidays ended on Saturday, Reuters reported.

04 April 2020 10:48 PM

Iraq reports coronavirus map among citizens abroad

37 cases were registered among the Iraqi community with Coronavirus in Norway, 35 cases in Los Angeles, 22 cases in Sweden, 2 cases in Canada, the foreign ministry in a statement.

04 April 2020 10:41 PM

Iraqi FM, British Foreign Office discuss measures to fight coronavirus

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamad al-Hakim received a phone call from the Secretary of State for Middle East and North Africa Affairs at the British Foreign Office James Calverley, the two sides discussed the latest developments in the region and the measures of the two countries to combat Coronavirus.

04 April 2020 10:25 PM

China’s Guangxi region tightens border controls amid increase in imported coronavirus cases

China’s southwestern Guangxi region, which has borders with Vietnam, has suspended cross-border passenger transportation and restricted exit

04 April 2020 02:58 PM