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State of emergency extended in Tunisia by 6 months

ANKARA: On Friday, Bahcesehir University’s Center of Migration and Urban Studies in Istanbul released a report highlighting the longstanding socio-economic challenges Syrian refugees face in Turkey. As in many countries with large refugee populations, there has been ongoing tension between residents and immigrants for years, and life is increasingly difficult for the refugees. In Hatay,…

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Survey: Young Syrians plagued by social and economic discrimination in Turkey

ANKARA: On Friday, Bahcesehir University’s Center of Migration and Urban Studies in Istanbul released a report highlighting the longstanding socio-economic challenges Syrian refugees face in Turkey. As in many countries with large refugee populations, there has been ongoing tension between residents and immigrants for years, and life is increasingly difficult for the refugees. In Hatay,…

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Scared of legal hassles? In the Middle East, there’s an app for that

CAIRO: As more people seek expert assistance to resolve the legal issues they run into in everyday life, there has been an exponential rise in the need for legal counseling. Although free access to the judicial system and legal aid are basic constitutional rights in most countries in the Middle East and North Africa, exercising…

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Dubai reopens four beaches, major parks

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Top officials from several UN agencies appealed Thursday for urgent international financial support in Yemen with coronavirus spreading in the war-torn country.“We are increasingly alarmed about the situation in Yemen,” officials from the UN Humanitarian Affairs Department, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization said in a joint…

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UN officials appeal for Yemen funding amid pandemic

DUBAI: Dubai will reopen four major beaches and some parks on Friday as Covid-19 restrictions in the emirate are eased.The beaches at Jumeriah Beach Residence (JBR), Al-Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim will all be open, Dubai Municipality said. on Twitter.Major parks and the Dubai Frame, an architectural landmark, will also open to the public from Friday. Precautionary…

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UAE confirms 941 new coronavirus cases

DUBAI: The global community is easing back into normality despite the coronavirus pandemic still taking a toll on human lives and the world economy. With no vaccine against the virus on the horizon countries are betting against a second wave of the infection as they slowly reinvigorate their economies hit hard by the virus, which…

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Abu Dhabi, Kuwait issue movement permits during curfew

DUBAI: The UAE sent aid planes to Sierra Leone, Niger and Mali on Sunday to help countries  fight the coronavirus outbreak in the region.The aid included seven tons of medical supplies for about 7,000 medical professionals working in Sierra Leone,, state news agency WAM reported."The UAE is committed to assisting its partners throughout Africa in…

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Lebanese told to follow health precautions to curb coronavirus spread

DUBAI: Movement permits will be issued in Abu Dhabi as the sterilization project continues. People can apply through the website www.adpolice.gov.ae, state news agency WAM reported citing Abu Dhabi Police.The police said people should adhere to the duration of the permit in order to avoid any violations, and that leaving their homes should be for…

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Trump vetoes measure limiting his war powers in Iran

Mother and new born celebrate Abu Dhabi hospital departure after beating COVID-19 A Palestinian mother and her new born baby left a hospital in Abu Dhabi after a two-week battle with the coronavirus.  Raneen Zaher, 28, tested positive for COVID-19 along with her baby boy just a day after giving birth. Both were immediately placed…

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Yemen begins coronavirus disinfection campaign in coastal districts 

DUBAI: Omani authorities on Monday sealed off a third district as part of efforts to combat the novel coronavirus.Al Wadi Al Kabir industrial area in Muscat governorate will remain closed until further notice in order “to take health and safety measures,” Oman Municipality said.The Gulf Arab state has since April 10 banned movement into or out…

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LIVE: Easing restricted measures gives Mideast businesses lifeline

Jordan said on Sunday it had lifted all restrictions on economic activity in the latest easing of coronavirus lockdown rules to help jump-start the cash-strapped economy. Jordan has in the last two weeks been lifting restrictions to allow businesses back to work, but with lower levels of staff and strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.…

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Arab American professor to be memorialized in US university scholarship

CHICAGO: For veteran Lebanese journalist Eyad Abu Shakra, writing about the challenges of life was one of his priorities, but that never eclipsed his love for his family.  He said he was humbled to learn last week that his sister Amal Abu Shakra, a professor of biology and biochemistry at North Carolina Central University (NCCU)…

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Syria says Israeli helicopters strike targets in southern Syria

AMMAN: Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, as well as Syrian residents of the occupied Golan Heights, are complaining that they are facing unprecedented discrimination when traveling home to Israel due to the fact that they don’t have Israeli citizenship. Residents of occupied Jerusalem and the Golan, which were annexed by Israel in 1967 and 1981, have…

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Egypt army says 10 soldiers killed or injured in North Sinai blast

AMMAN: Israeli helicopters fired several rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on targets inside southern Syria, Syrian state media reported on Friday, in what intelligence sources say is part of an increase in strikes against Iran-backed militias.Opposition sources in the area said several militia posts near Quneitra were targeted in the attack, which reports said…

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Jerusalem residents concerned Israel is changing their residency rights

AMMAN: Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, as well as Syrian residents of the occupied Golan Heights, are complaining that they are facing unprecedented discrimination when traveling home to Israel due to the fact that they don’t have Israeli citizenship. Residents of occupied Jerusalem and the Golan, which were annexed by Israel in 1967 and 1981, have…

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UAE calls on all Libyan parties commit to political process

CAIRO: Arab countries condemned Israel’s plan to de facto annex parts of the occupied West Bank as “a new war crime” against Palestinians, the Arab League said in a statement after a video conference meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Thursday.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in announcing a deal to form a unity government, has set…

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Iran virus death toll surges past 6,000: ministry

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates called on Thursday on all Libyan parties to commit to the UN-supervised political process to end the war, while at the same time saluting the eastern Libya based-army led by general Khalifa Haftar.The UAE “commends the Libyan National Army for conducting anti-terror operations,” a statement by the Emirati Foreign Ministry…

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