Coronavirus: Iran temporarily frees 54,000 prisoners to combat spread

Iran has temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the spread of the new coronavirus disease in crowded jails.

Tehran defends 25-year cooperation pact with China

A proposed 25-year cooperation deal between Iran and China has raised controversy within and outside Iran, even before the potential pact is finalized, Anadolu Agency reports. While...

Two die of coronavirus in Iran, first fatalities in Middle East

Two elderly people have died in Iran after testing positive for the new coronavirus, according to health officials. The deaths on Wednesday were the outbreak's first fatalities in the Middle East.

Did China Steal Iron Dome From Israel?

A cybersecurity firm reports that Chinese hackers have stolen technical data for the Iron Dome rocket-defense system from Israeli computers.

Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Doha, Qatar - Activists have welcomed Qatar's decision to withdraw its signature from a letter signed last month by 37 countries expressing support for China's...

Coronavirus in the Middle East: First case in Lebanon as Iran reports two new...

Iran confirmed two more deaths among 13 new coronavirus cases, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Friday, while Lebanon and confirmed its first recorded case.

Co-hosting trade conference with Netanyahu, China’s VP hails Israeli technology

‘Our bilateral relations are at a new height,’ Wang Qishan tells innovation summit; PM also meets Alibaba’s Jack Ma and former Google CEO Eric...

Arab states’ rift with Qatar clouds China’s plans for Gulf free-trade deal

The shock decision by the Arab world’s strongest powers to isolate Qatar will complicate China’s efforts to reach a free-trade deal with the region,...

Sleepy Pakistani Village Rises as China’s Gateway to Middle East

Over the last six months, the skyline over the sleepy fishing city of Gwadar has been transformed by machines that dredge the Arabian Sea and cranes that set up shipping berths.

China defies U.S. pressure as EU parts ways with Iranian oil

China, seeking to skirt U.S. sanctions, will use oil tankers from Iran for its purchases of that country’s crude, throwing Tehran a lifeline while...