• Al Jazeera

    China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the window of opportunity to stem the deadly coronavirus epidemic was "narrowing" amid concern about a surge in cases with no clear link to China, including in a range of countries in the Middle East.  Lebanon and Israel confirmed their first cases on Friday, while Iran's health ministry reported two more deaths among 13 new cases of the infection, known as COVID-19. That brings the toll in Iran to four and the number of infections to 18. More: What happens if you catch the new coronavirus? Why does Indonesia have no reported cases of coronavirus? Coronavirus in N Korea could be 'much more lethal' than in China Italy, meanwhile, reported its first

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Who is Abu Fadak 'the uncle' al-Mohammadawi, the new head of PMU militias?

    The Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militia group has named Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi as its new leader, succeeding Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who was killed in Iraq alongside Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani last month. Due to his nickname of “the uncle,” al-Mohammadawi has been linked to the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad last December as the phrase “the uncle passed through here” was found written on the embassy's wall. Last Update: Saturday, 22 February 2020 KSA 03:01 - GMT 00:01

  • CNN

    Everything travelers need to know about novel coronavirus

    (CNN) - The spread of novel coronavirus has travelers around the world on edge. Much is still unknown about the outbreak, and health officials are urging caution. That means travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus, steer clear of heavily impacted areas and exercise some of the same kinds of preventive measures they'd use to avoid influenza and other illnesses. Here's what travelers should know about the virus outbreak: Cruise ship cases With more than 600 cases of coronavirus diagnosed on board, the Diamond Princess cruise ship has been the site of the largest outbreak of the virus outside of mainland China. On Thursday, the deaths of two Diamond Princess passengers --

  • Al Jazeera

    Coronavirus claims two more lives in Iran

    Tehran, Iran - Authorities in Iran have confirmed the death of two more people as a result of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in Iran to four.  "The total number of deaths in Iran so far is four," Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister, told Al Jazeera on Friday as Iranians voted across the country in its 11th round of parliamentary elections. Apathy runs high in Tehran as Iran gears up for parliament vote Why Iran's reformists are likely to lose Parliamentary vote Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks The health official did not share further information about where the fatalities on Thursday took place. Two elderly people who died

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran votes in parliament elections that favor conservatives

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians were voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and moderates, raised the possibility of lower-than-usual turnout. Iran's leadership and state media urged voter participation, with some framing it as a religious duty. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast his ballot at a mosque near his Tehran office shortly after polls opened at 7 a.m. and urged Iranians to the polls. “Anyone who cares about Iran's national interests should participate in the

  • Egypt Independent

    Producers of Disney's Aladdin remake say sequel in the making

    Disney's 2019 Aladdin remake, starring Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud alongside American superstar Will Smith, is currently in the works, according to Vanity Fair Magazine. Quoting anonymous sources, Vanity Fair said that Disney had promised a follow up on its live-action remake of the 1992 animated film, noting that although the sequel to Aladdin (2019) is still in early development, producers have selected John Gatins (Flight) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) to write the script. Ryan Halphrin is the film's executive producer. Two of the film's other producers, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, have expressed their hopes about having the original's three stars - Will Smith as the

  • Al Jazeera

    Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus that has killed at least 2,236 people following an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. A total of 75,685 cases of infection have been reported across China, most of them in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks Dispelling the myths around the new coronavirus outbreak Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed new cases? Deaths have also been confirmed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, France, Taiwan, South Korea and Iran. Here is what you need to know: What is coronavirus? According to the WHO, coronaviruses