Finland supports Iraq’s fight against the spread of COVID-19
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Finland supports Iraq’s fight against the spread of COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes EUR 2 million to support Iraq’s medical units Finland has committed EUR 2 million to support Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The support is part of Finland’s development cooperation carried out in Iraq. The funds will be channelled to Iraq via the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), administered by UNDP. The main part of Read More…

Norway Donates NOK 1.75B to Syria and neighbouring countries
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Norway Donates NOK 1.75B to Syria and neighbouring countries

Reading Time: 2 minutes The embattled region is in a constant state war and destruction The war in Syria has caused immense suffering and widespread devastation. The civilian population in Syria and its neighbouring countries is dependent on humanitarian aid. That is why Norway is maintaining a high level of support. We will provide NOK 1.75 billion in 2020,’ Read More…

Ireland pledges €7 million to help Palestinian Refugees
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Ireland pledges €7 million to help Palestinian Refugees

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ireland pledges €7 million to help Palestinian Refugees. Ireland has been a long time supporter of Palestine The Tanaiste Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney T.D. today pledged an additional €1 million in support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at a Read More…

Norway host donor group for Palestine facing a $1.4B Deficit
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Norway host donor group for Palestine facing a $1.4B Deficit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Norway host donor group for Palestine facing a $1.4B Deficit. Peace with Palestine and Israel is unlikely Norway Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide led a video meeting of donor countries in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) for Palestine. EU High Representative Josep Borrell co-hosted the meeting. For the Palestinians, Prime Minister Mohammad Read More…

UK announces £160 million to Yemem to fight the coronavirus
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UK announces £160 million to Yemem to fight the coronavirus

Reading Time: 2 minutes UK announces £160 million to Yemem to fight the coronavirus. UK has already committed £970 million to Yemen A new package of UK aid worth £160million will help fight coronavirus and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced today. Speaking ahead of today’s UN conference on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, the Read More…

Iraq is greater than the challenges facing it
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Iraq is greater than the challenges facing it

Reading Time: 3 minutes Iraq is greater than the challenges facing it. Low oil prices, COVID-19, US military withdrawal Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi called for national unity as he outlined the difficulties facing the country, saying that Iraq is greater than the challenges facing it. In an article published on Monday, Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi said that he wanted to put before Read More…

Saudi Arabia: Prince in Incommunicado Detention For 41 Days
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Saudi Arabia: Prince in Incommunicado Detention For 41 Days

Reading Time: 3 minutes Saudi Arabia: Prince in Incommunicado Detention For 41 Days. The Prince Was Also Detained In November 2017 Source Claims Arbitrary Detention, Possible Enforced Disappearance (Beirut) – Saudi authorities detained Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud, a son of the late King Abdullah and former head of the Saudi Red Crescent Society, on March 27, 2020 and have Read More…

Iraq produces urgently needed COVID-19 Laboratory Testing
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Iraq Produces Urgently Needed COVID-19 Laboratory Testing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Iraq produces urgently needed COVID-19 Laboratory Testing. Iraq Is In A Race Against Time The COVID-19 Crisis Cell at Basra University in southern Iraq, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), successfully manufactured essential laboratory materials used in testing suspected cases of COVID-19. The material, virus transport medium (VTM), is a gel-like substance used Read More…

US Coronavirus Deaths Top 20,000 On Easter Lockdown
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US Coronavirus Deaths Top 20,000 On Easter Lockdown

Reading Time: 3 minutes US Coronavirus Deaths Top 20,000 On Easter Lockdown. Another Grimm Milestone Reached By The United States AFP The United States passed the grim milestone of 20,000 coronavirus deaths Saturday as huge swaths of the globe celebrated the Easter holiday weekend under lockdown at home. The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 20,506 Read More…

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UN Chief Urges Rolling Back Sanctions To Contain Coronavirus Pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes United Nations leadership called for rolling back international sanctions regimes around the world, saying they are heightening the health risks for millions of people and weakening the global effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Foreign Policy reported on March 24. The appeal reflects mounting concerns that sanctioned regimes may be impeding efforts Read More…

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Will Terrorism Ever Stop In Afghanistan?

Reading Time: 2 minutes President Ashraf Ghani met today with a number of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan elders and influential figures at the Presidential Palace. Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, Farhatullah Babar, Afrasiab Khattak, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Mohsin Dawar and Bushra Gohar who had visited Kabul to attend the President Ghani’s swearing-in ceremony, extended their congratulations to the Read More…

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UN Atomic Watchdog: Iran Still Providing Nuclear Site Access

Reading Time: 2 minutes Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Monday that Iran continues to provide international inspectors access to its nuclear facilities, even after its announcement it was no longer bound by “any restrictions” of the landmark 2015 deal with world powers, known as the JCPOA. The agency has not observed any Read More…

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Iran Air Suspends All Flights To Europe Due To ‘Unknown Restrictions’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Iran’s main airline company Homa, known as IranAir, has suspended until further notice all flights to European destinations, with aviation authorities in the country blaming ‘unknown restrictions’ for the decision. The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran said in a Sunday report that Homa was negotiating with European authorities to resume the flights. It did not Read More…

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Iranian Army Produces Unique Equipment To Intensify Coronavirus Fight

Reading Time: < 1 minute TEHRAN – Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the deputy Army chief for coordination affairs, has announced that the Army designated three of its well-equipped hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus patients.  “The armed forces, including the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army, are at the forefront… in the battle against the coronavirus,” Said Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari In Read More…

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Pakistan Reopens borders With Iran After A Week Of Closure

Reading Time: < 1 minute TEHRAN – Pakistan on Saturday reopened its border crossings with Iran after it closed them due to coronavirus outbreak in the region including Sistan-Balouchestan province in southeastern Iran.  Three hundred Pakistani passengers had travelled to Iran but faced border closure at the Sistan-Balouchestan crossing between the two countries. The Novel Coronavirus had spread to 26 Read More…

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Calls For Peace In The Middle East

Reading Time: 2 minutes President Ashraf Ghani met today evening with the administrative board and committee heads of the Lower House of the Parliament at the Presidential Palace to continue his series of consultative meetings on peace with various classes and strata of the society. Speaking on behalf of others, a number of MPs extended their congratulatory messages to Read More…

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President Rouhani Gives Directives As Deaths From The Coronavirus Start To Increase

Reading Time: < 1 minute In his phone call with governors-general of Gilan and Qom provinces, Rouhani sympathized with families of the victims of the coronavirus epidemic and urged the governors to use all facilities to make people boost confidence in the health system. Governors general of Gilan and Qom provinces briefed the president on the latest measures taken to Read More…

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Hard-Line Conservatives Take Lead In Iran’s Legislative Elections

Reading Time: 2 minutes Conservatives took the lead Saturday as the first results of Iran’s parliamentary election came in. By 7 p.m. votes had been counted in more than 140 constituencies out of 208, according to National Elections Committee figures. 159 candidates managed to make it to Parliament, mostly fresh faces, in the 11th legislative election since the 1979 Read More…

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The US And The Taliban Will Sign A Peace Agreement On February 29

Reading Time: < 1 minute The agreement will open the way for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The US and the Taliban will sign a peace agreement on February 29 in Qatar, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said. “We are preparing to sign a peace agreement on February 29,” Pompeo said in a statement. “Inter-Afghan negotiations will Read More…

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UN Appeals For Safety Of Civilians Trapped In Idlib

Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 80 per cent of recently displaced 900,000 Syrians in Idlib are women and children. Their needs are dire and many are exposed to harsh winter weather.  © Ritzau Scanpix. With the dramatically worsening situation in Syria’s Idlib province, where close to a million people are in grave danger, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Read More…