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Saudi reports first coronavirus death, UAE gears up for lockdown

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported its first death from the coronavirus, a 51-year-old Afghani resident, while the United Arab Emirates' main airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi said they would temporarily suspend all passenger flights from Thursday.

Turkey investigates why school pupils were shown footage of ex-PM's hanging

Turkey's Education Ministry is investigating how animated footage of the execution of a former prime minister was shown to children as part of their home schooling during the coronavirus outbreak, Education Minister Ziya Selcuk said on Tuesday.

Yemen's Houthis block U.N. ship from leaving Hodeidah - government

Forces from Yemen's Houthi movement on Tuesday blocked a U.N.-chartered ship carrying representatives of the internationally recognised government from leaving Hodeidah port, the government and a source familiar with the matter said.

U.S. to reduce Afghan aid by $1 billion after Pompeo fails to break impasse

福利网站U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan after he failed to convince Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political foe to end a feud that has helped jeopardise a U.S.-led peace effort.

Half of Iranian government employees to work remotely amid coronavirus - Rouhani

福利网站President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday about half of all Iranian government employees were staying at home as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East's worst-affected country, state television reported.

Turkey steps up aid to elderly, tightens curbs as virus toll rises

Turkey's government increased support for elderly people isolated at home and tightened restrictions on food shopping and travel on Tuesday after the country's death toll from the coronavirus rose to 37.

Egypt declares two-week curfew to counter coronavirus

福利网站Egypt has declared a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two weeks from Wednesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and those who violate the measure will be penalised under emergency laws, the prime minister said.

Palestinian workers find temporary Israeli abodes in coronavirus crisis

福利网站Israel's building industry has found temporary housing for many of its nearly 70,000 Palestinian labourers, staving off a construction shutdown after the coronavirus crisis prompted the closure of the border with the occupied West Bank.

Barclays cuts 2020 crude forecasts by $12 on virus, OPEC+ deal collapse

福利网站Barclays on Tuesday slashed its oil price forecasts for 2020, citing considerable downward pressure on the market from a Saudi-Russian price war and demand disruption because of the coronavirus.

U.S. to appoint Coates as special energy envoy to Saudi Arabia - Energy Department

The Trump administration will appoint Victoria Coates as special energy representative to Saudi Arabia as Washington struggles to deal with a global oil price crash dragging on the economy and threatening U.S. energy producers, an Energy Department official said on Monday.

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U.S. could be next 'virus epicentre', as India locks down, global recession looms

福利网站The United States could become the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world's second-most populous country.

Hubei relaxes restrictions as China's new coronavirus infections double

Tokyo Games moved to 2021 as 'light at end of pandemic tunnel'