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Middle East fears a coronavirus surge in the middle of Eid events

Outside bakeries in downtown Amman, queues stretched along the street and down the block. Nut retailers were mobbed, and sweet shops were down to their last desserts. It was as if coronavirus had never existed. The nights before Eid al-Fitr, the festival that ends the fasting month of Ramadan and which began on Sunday at…

Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear protective suits; face masks mandatory for passengers

Qatar Airways Airbus A380. Qatar Airways flights from Doha to the U.S. will now follow a strict no-gadgets rule. The only exception? Your phone. (shutterstock.com/Dmitry Birin /File) Qatar Airways cabin crew will begin wearing protective suits and passengers will have to wear face masks on board, the Middle East airline said on Monday, as it…

South East-Asia -China cold war

SINGAPORE: As the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in China worsened early in the year, many countries in South-East Asia sent medical supplies to their giant neighbour as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity.Malaysia sent 18 million gloves in January. The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore donated medical equipment such as masks, hazmat suits, goggles and…

Chinese rocket crash-lands near Mauritania

A piece of a Chinese rocket launched as an experiment to send humans to the moon in the future has crash-landed in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Mauritania.The Long March 5B (CZ-5B) rocket was launched into space on 5 May before its core stage, which serves as the backbone and weighs almost 18…

Pompeo goes over West Bank addition with Israel’s Netanyahu: ‘There stays work yet to do’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to discuss the annexation of the West Bank, along with the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.Pompeo’s one-day visit comes during what is expected to be a tense time, as Israel prepares to annex the West Bank and Jordan Valley settlements.“There remains work yet…

CNN Worldwide unifies global commercial strategy under Rani Raad

Rani Raad, president, CNN CommercialCNN Worldwide has appointed Rani Raad as President, CNN Commercial, in a new global position to broaden the company’s new business streams and increase the value that CNN provides to commercial partners around the world. By centralizing the management and strategy of its commercial activity in one operation, CNN is creating…

The Middle East has had a hard time to include the spread of coronavirus, however Jordan is an outlier

As most of the world struggles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, one country which should have been vulnerable appears to have kept deaths and case numbers extremely low.Jordan, which hosts millions of refugees and has a fragile economy, has only recorded nine coronavirus deaths.It is an outlier in the Middle East, where many countries…

Israel made ‘substantial development’ in developing antibody versus coronavirus: Defence minister

JERUSALEM: Israeli defence minister Naftali Bennett has said that scientists at the country's main biological research institute have made a "significant breakthrough" in developing an antibody to the novel coronavirus, as the researchers wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the potential treatment. Bennett visited the labs of the Israel's…