• Al Jazeera

    'Trump more dangerous than coronavirus': Iranian admiral

    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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    Coronavirus: Can it spread through air conditioning?

    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.

  • Egypt Independent

    Renowned Egyptian businessman Mansour al-Gammal dies

    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

  • Al Jazeera

    The desperate final days of a domestic worker in Lebanon

    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

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    US should stop preventing Iran from selling oil, says Iran FM Zarif

    The United States should stop preventing Iran from selling oil, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. “What we want is for (US President Donald Trump) to STOPpreventing Iran from selling oil & other products, buying its needs & making & receiving payments,” he wrote on Twitter. Last Update: 12:50 KSA 15:50 - GMT 12:50

  • Egypt Independent

    Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of coronavirus contagion

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shia holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry's team. His father's corpse waited in a hospital morgue for days. “We were suffering immensely, knowing my father was deceased but we could not bury him,” said the 26-year-old. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved

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    Iranian, Chinese officials trade barbs over reported coronavirus numbers

    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