Middle East

Iraq | Cabinet Discusses Covid-19, Approves Measures to Support Front Line Health Teams

The Cabinet held its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. At the start of the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked health teams for their sacrifices on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cabinet received a briefing from the Minister of Health on the latest developments and the ongoing national effort…

Tunisia | Iranian Ambassador, Tunisian Parliament Speaker Stress the Increase Mutual Cooperation

Iranian ambassador to Tunisia and the Tunisian Parliament Speaker stressed the increase of cooperation between the two countries' parliaments. The Iranian envoy to Tunisia, Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani, stressed the expansion of parliamentary relations between the two countries and the need to develop and consolidate bilateral ties in all fields, especially in the economic, cultural and political fields. Sheibani expressed…

UN nuclear watchdog meets as Iran row brews

VIENNA: The UN nuclear watchdog’s governing body will meet on Monday as a row brews over Iran’s refusal to allow access to two sites where historic nuclear activity may have occurred. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expressed “serious concern” in a report earlier this month that Iran has been blocking inspections at the sites. The Board of Governors,…

Tunisia’s PM decides against relying on more external debt, will freeze salaries

TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Sunday he had decided against the use of more external debt and that all new expenses that arise for the country would be funded only through internal loans. He said that he will freeze increases in the wages of public employees because of the critical state of public finances which was worsened…

UN agency to discuss increased risk of violence against women during COVID-19 in Arab states

DUBAI: Regional United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will organize a virtual symposium on the rise in risk of violence against women and girls during the coronavirus pandemic. The UNFPA’s Arab States Regional Office will organize the one-hour virtual event for journalists and media professionals in the region, according to their statement. The UNFPA – which is the United Nations organization…

Egypt parliament allocates 25% of seats to women

The Egyptian Parliament has approved an amendment to an article in the constitution to allocate 25 percent of seats to women, local daily Egypt Today reported. During the years of 1979, 1984 and 2010, when Egypt applied a quota for women in the House, the Parliament witnessed high female representation, according to a report by The Egyptian Center for Women’s…

Palestinians stranded by coronavirus seek way home

Thousands of Palestinians stranded around the world by the coronavirus are still seeking a way home, months after countries closed their borders and grounded flights in the face of the pandemic. Aseel Bader touched down in Tuscany in January, after winning a scholarship for a master’s programme at the University of Florence. Just weeks later Italy imposed a nationwide lockdown…
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