Don’t Let Iran Distract From China

Beijing’s bid to dominate Asia is a far greater threat than anything Tehran can do in the Middle East.

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: A country by country guide

The UAE banned all travel to Iran and Thailand over fears about the spread of the virus, state news agency WAM reported on 24 February. 

Coronavirus outbreak will speed up US-China ‘decoupling’ more than the trade war, Milken Institute...

Talk of the risk of the world’s two major powers “decoupling” surfaced as their trade battle, which began in 2018, heated up — leading to billions of dollars of tariffs imposed on each other’s goods.

Iran’s Vice President Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar has become infected with the coronavirus, state news in Tehran reported Thursday, adding to the already mounting concern in the country as the virus continues to spread.

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.

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.

Iranian official: 23 MPs tested positive for coronavirus

Iran’s deputy chairman of parliament announced on Tuesday that 23 MPs out of the 290-member chamber have tested positive for the coronavirus, days after suspending sessions.

Iranian MP dies from coronavirus – Tasnim news agency

An Iranian lawmaker has died from coronavirus, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday, in an another sign the disease is spreading within state institutions.

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.