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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region which includes Western Asia and all of Egypt. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The broader concept of the "Greater Middle East" also adds the Maghreb, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and sometimes even Central Asia and Transcaucasia into the region. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions.

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Top EU court: eastern states broke law by refusing refugees [Video]

Top EU court: eastern states broke law by refusing refugees

The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic had broken the law by refusing to host refugees to help ease the burden on southern states such as Greece..

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Rouhani: U.S. has lost its chance to lift sanctions [Video]

Rouhani: U.S. has lost its chance to lift sanctions

Iran’s president said on Wednesday that the United States had lost a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country over the coronavirus, while adding that the penalties had not hampered..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published
Derby firm produces Covid-19 test [Video]

Derby firm produces Covid-19 test

A Covid-19 test which is claimed to be 98% accurate and costs just £6 has only had "tentative" interest from the Government, the manufacturer has said. The 10-minute test, which SureScreen Diagnostics..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:05Published
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes tells his favourite tales from the Middle East [Video]

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes tells his favourite tales from the Middle East

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes tells his favourite tales from the Middle East

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Iranian students make masks for nurses amid crisis [Video]

Iranian students make masks for nurses amid crisis

Iranian students worked to produce face masks for nurses on Monday (March 16) as the country's coronavirus death toll reached 853, with 129 new deaths in the past 24 hours. Iran is the worst-affected..

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Iran's coronavirus death toll jumps by 113 in a day [Video]

Iran's coronavirus death toll jumps by 113 in a day

It is the hardest-hit nation in the Middle East with nearly 14,000 confirmed cases.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 07:16Published
Ancient settlement destroyed by comet, research suggests [Video]

Ancient settlement destroyed by comet, research suggests

Impact from a comet around 12,800 years ago is believed to have wiped out a human settlement, according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

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Banksy wows Saudis in Riyadh exhibition [Video]

Banksy wows Saudis in Riyadh exhibition

Nearly 70 art pieces depicting the works of famed graffiti artist Banksy are on display for the first time in the Middle East, this time in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

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How are Middle East magicians and performers taking centre stage? [Video]

How are Middle East magicians and performers taking centre stage?

How are Middle East magicians and performers taking centre stage?

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More coronavirus cases reported outside China than inside: WHO [Video]

More coronavirus cases reported outside China than inside: WHO

More new coronavirus cases are being reported outside China than inside it, with Italy and Iran in particular seeing their outbreaks spread to nearby countries. Lucy Fielder reports.

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Trump Says Coronavirus Is 'Going to Go Away' [Video]

Trump Says Coronavirus Is 'Going to Go Away'

Trump Says Coronavirus Is 'Going to Go Away'. The President remained optimistic about the virus that is spreading rapidly across Europe and the Middle East. I think that's a problem that's going to go..

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Amid Coronavirus Fears, San Francisco Enters State Of Emergency [Video]

Amid Coronavirus Fears, San Francisco Enters State Of Emergency

Business Insider reports San Francisco Mayor London Breed has declared a state of emergency in the city. The move comes in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Beginning in China, it has spread to..

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Wall St slump deepens on U.S. coronavirus warning [Video]

Wall St slump deepens on U.S. coronavirus warning

Stocks tumbled for a fourth straight session and bond yields set historic lows after the CDC warned the coronavirus is likely to break-out in the U.S. Conway G. Gittens has the full market reaction.

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Pompeo: US will sign agreement with Taliban 'if and only if' there's reduction in violence [Video]

Pompeo: US will sign agreement with Taliban 'if and only if' there's reduction in violence

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is considering signing an agreement with the Taliban. He said they would only sign if the week-long reduction in violence is successful. According to CNN,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published
Coronavirus outbreak: Italian officials confirm seven deaths [Video]

Coronavirus outbreak: Italian officials confirm seven deaths

The World Health Organization expresses concern over coronavirus in Italy and Iran, as infections spread through the Middle East.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:15Published
Italian, Mideast outbreaks lead to more deaths [Video]

Italian, Mideast outbreaks lead to more deaths

A sixth person has died in the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy it was announced on Monday, while the number of confirmed cases rose to more than 220. Meanwhile infections in Iran appear to be..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:50Published
Shares drop, gold surges as investors scurry for safety [Video]

Shares drop, gold surges as investors scurry for safety

Global shares and oil slid on Monday while safe-haven gold surged as the spread of the coronavirus outside China darkened the outlook for world growth with infections and deaths rising in South Korea,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published
Pope appears to reject Trump's Middle East peace plan [Video]

Pope appears to reject Trump's Middle East peace plan

Pope Francis has warned against "inequitable solutions" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal. Ciara Lee reports.

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Rouhani: Iran will never hold talks with US 'under pressure' [Video]

Rouhani: Iran will never hold talks with US 'under pressure'

Iran has said will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday (February 16), adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the..

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Tunisia fires UN envoy, reportedly over Trump's Middle East plan [Video]

Tunisia fires UN envoy, reportedly over Trump's Middle East plan

Diplomatic sources said Moncef Baati went further than President Kais Saied wanted in his criticism of Trump's plan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published
Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in a day as tensions heighten [Video]

Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in a day as tensions heighten

The escalation comes days after US President Donald Trump released his controversial Middle East plan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

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UN envoy regrets lack of progress in Mideast peace process

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Iran plans tougher restrictions as coronavirus toll rises

Iran had 117 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 2,757, a health ministry spokesman said on Monday, prompting the Middle East's worst hit country to consider tougher..
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Iran starts intercity travel ban amid fears of second wave of coronavirus

Iran started an intercity travel ban on Thursday, an Iranian official said in a televised news conference, amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections in the Middle East's worst-hit country.
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U.S. military restricts movement for thousands of personnel due to coronavirus

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Iran to ban New Year travel as coronavirus toll rises to 2,077

Iran plans to ban Iranian New Year travel and traditional gatherings in parks, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, as the coronavirus toll rose to 2,077 in the worst-hit country in the Middle..
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Half of Iranian government employees to work remotely amid coronavirus: Rouhani

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Khamenei lauds Iranians' 'dazzling' sacrifices to fight virus

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Khamenei praises Iranians in fight against coronavirus

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Unity will help Iran overcome coronavirus, Rouhani says

Iranians will overcome a coronavirus outbreak with unity, President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Friday, praising doctors and nurses for their courage in fighting the disease that has..
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How the Promise of American Jobs Became Entangled in a Faraway War

Arms sales to Middle Eastern allies that were meant to shore up American jobs are supplying the bombs that have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen. How responsible is the U.S. government?
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Hundreds of Bahrainis stuck in Iran as evacuation plans stall

Hundreds of Bahraini pilgrims are stranded in Iran, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, as Bahrain struggles to evacuate its citizens from a country with which it has no..
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Mideast, Africa airlines in crisis as coronavirus stifles demand: IATA

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IATA says Middle East airlines need state aid due to liquidity crisis

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Asia prepares for coronavirus boomerang wave as residents return home

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China urges U.S. to lift sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus response

China on Monday urged the United States to lift sanctions on Iran immediately amid the Middle Eastern country's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Europe tightens measures at epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

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Qatar defense exhibition canceled as coronavirus spreads in Gulf

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Facebook removes two Middle East-focused fake account networks

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U.N. says Greece has no right to stop accepting asylum requests

The United Nation's refugee agency said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East..
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