Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vadym Prystaiko demanded an “immediate explanation” from Iran on Monday about the controversial remarks of an Iranian lawmaker who praised the downing of a civilian Ukrainian airliner in January. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a Ukraine International Airlines jet on January 8, killing all 176 onboard. Iran claimed for days the plane crashed due to a “technical failure,” before admitting to shooting down the plane “accidentally.”
As winter in the northern hemisphere turns to summer, air conditioning units begin to rattle into life as people begin to feel the heat. COVID-19 is from the same family as SARS, known as coronaviruses, and the two share many similarities. A study conducted in China earlier in the year on a cluster of coronavirus cases all originating from the same restaurant suggested that the virus did not spread through the air conditioning system.
An Iranian health ministry spokesman's questioning of China's coronavirus figures caused controversy on social media on Sunday. People wear protective masks in a subway tunnel during evening rush hour in Beijing as the country is hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus in Beijing, China, March 10, 2020. (Reuters) Last Update: 13:52 KSA 16:52 - GMT 13:52
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Businessman Mansour al-Gammal died on Monday, his son Yahya announced. Sources said that he died of coronavirus. His death came a few days after his son announced that his case was worsening and that he had been placed on ventilator. Gammal was a renowned businessman with economic projects on multiple continents. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and obtained his PhD in Economics from the Sorbonne. Gammal began his career as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then was appointed to the Arab League and promoted to the position of Head of Mission at the age of 28. The main reason for his resignation from the Arab League was the transfer of its headquarters to Tunisia after the Arab
Dubai Taxi Corporation has begun installing transparent isolators in its fleet of taxis separating between the driver and passengers as part of measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the emirate's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a statement. The isolators have already been deployed in many taxis and work is ongoing to install them in the rest of the Dubai Taxi fleet.
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An Iranian official has called US President Donald Trump "more dangerous than coronavirus" saying moves to block vital medical supplies to fight coronavirus from reaching Iran was tantamount to crimes against humanity. Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, accused the American government of opposing efforts by the International Monetary Fund to assist Iran during the pandemic. "The sanction on health items is an illegal and inhumane act and a symbol of Trump's open hostility to the Iranian people," Shamkhani wrote in a tweet on Sunday. More: Biden joins fellow US Democrats in call for easing Iran sanctions US could rethink sanctions on Iran to help
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Beirut, Lebanon - On the morning of March 13, Faustina Tay sent a final desperate message to an activist group she had contacted about the abuse she was suffering at the hands of her Lebanese employers. "God please help me," the 23-year-old Ghanaian domestic worker wrote. About 18 hours later, she was found dead. More: The Lebanese revolution must abolish the kafala system Amnesty calls on Lebanon to end 'abusive' sponsorship system 'This Is Lebanon' webpage shames employers accused of maid abuse Tay's body was discovered in a car park under her employers' fourth-storey home in Beirut's southern suburbs, between 3 and 4am on March 14. A forensic doctor who examined her body found that her death