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    Coronavirus invades Saudi royal family

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:57pm on April 09, 2020

    Salman bin Abdulaziz, the king of Saudi Arabia where undocumented and irregular migrant workers are largely denied access to the government healthcare, decreed last week...

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    ‘Coronavirus ceasefire’ begins in Yemen

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:44pm on April 09, 2020

    The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting Yemen’s Huthi rebels has declared a two-week ceasefire in the country starting Thursday in a bid to combat the spread...

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    Dubai suspends marriage, divorce during coronavirus lockdown

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 01:41am on April 09, 2020

    Coronavirus lockdowns may make or break relationships, but in Dubai marriages and divorces have been suspended ‘until further notice’ to avoid gatherings that could spread...

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    Gulf states urged to unblock internet calls in response to pandemic

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 01:38am on April 09, 2020

    Human rights groups urged three Gulf Arab states Wednesday to lift bans on free internet calls to help their large migrant workforces stay in touch...

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    Millions in Lebanon risk food insecurity: HRW

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 12:02am on April 09, 2020

    Millions in Lebanon risk food insecurity due to a coronavirus lockdown unless the government provides urgent assistance, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday. Lebanon in mid-March...

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    Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 01:30am on April 08, 2020

    Human rights groups have called on the energy-rich Gulf states to release peaceful political activists from jail and scale back detention of migrant workers, to...

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    UN refrains from directly blaming Russia

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 11:19pm on April 07, 2020

    A UN board of inquiry investigating attacks on civilian establishments in Syria, including hospitals, has refrained from directly holding Russia responsible, according to a summary...

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    Saudi imposes 24-hour virus curfew in five cities

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 01:54pm on April 07, 2020

    Saudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews Monday in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours to combat coronavirus as...

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    Erdogan issues confinement order for under-20s

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 11:03pm on April 04, 2020

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday issued a mandatory confinement order for everyone aged under 20 starting from midnight, as part of tougher measures...

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    Iran, US heat up war of words on Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 12:23am on April 03, 2020

    Iran said Thursday it ‘only acts in self-defence’ after president Donald Trump warned it against attacks on US troops in Iraq, as a new war...

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