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Saudi capital, cities get 24-hour curfew, Kuwait isolates two districts over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a 24-hour curfew on Monday, locking down much of the population as the largest Gulf Arab country expanded efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The new curfew applies to the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Damam, Dharan, Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar, a statement from the interior ministry said. Saudi Arabia reported four more deaths from the virus on Monday, bringing the total death toll there...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Riyadh, Interior Ministry, Gulf Arab, Khobar, Jeddah Taif Qatif


#Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight - Reuters

Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight - Reuters:Dubai imposed a two-week lockdown Saturday night and Saudi Arabia sealed off parts of the Red Sea city of Jeddah as Gulf states tightened measures in big cities to contain the spread of the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Police car patrols Al Ras district, famous for its gold and spice markets, after a full lockdown, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Ma...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Wam, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Jeddah, Gulf, Reuters, Red Sea, DUBAI United Arab Emirates, Interior Ministry, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets fall on oil slide, recession fears | Nasdaq

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets fall on oil slide, recession fears | Nasdaq:Gulf stock markets fell on Wednesday as oil prices slipped and prospects of a deep global recession due to the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak rattled investors.Brent crude LCOc1 declined $1.02, or 3.9%, to $25.33 a barrel by 0643 GMT.The Dubai stock index .DFMGI lost 1.9%, dragged by a 3.6% fall in Dubai Islamic Bank DISB.DU and a 4.1% slide in Emaar Properties EMAR.DU.The Abu Dhabi index .ADI lost 0.6%. Top lender Firs...
Tags: Travel, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Interior Ministry, Emaar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank ADCB, First Abu Dhabi Bank, DFMGI, Dubai Islamic Bank DISB DU


#SaudiArabia extends suspension of flights, work indefinitely - Reuters

Saudi Arabia extends suspension of flights, work indefinitely - Reuters:Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it was extending indefinitely the suspension of international passenger flights and workplace attendance in both public and private sectors among efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Domestic flights, trains, buses and taxis also remain suspended, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Reuters, Interior Ministry, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Germany looks at tracking patients to rein in coronavirus - reports

Germany has proposed using big data and location tracking to isolate people with coronavirus once social distancing measures now in force have slowed its spread, media reported on Friday. The Interior Ministry's strategy paper recommends following South Korea in aggressively testing for COVID-19 and using smartphone location data to help trace people who have come into contact with those infected with the flu-like disease. Surveillance is a sensitive topic in Germany, where memories of the dre...
Tags: South Korea, News, Germany, Interior Ministry


China Supplied Faulty Coronavirus Test Kits to Spain, Czech Republic

The majority of rapid test coronavirus test kits supplied by China to Spain and the Czech Republic are faulty, local news outlets reported.Up to 80 percent of the 150,000 portable, quick coronavirus test kits China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty, according to local Czech news site Expats.cz. The tests can produce a result in 10 or 15 minutes but are usually less accurate than other tests. Because of the high error rate, the country will continue to rely on convent...
Tags: News, China, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Interior, Interior Ministry, Health Ministry, El Pais, Jan Hamacek, Hamacek, Bioeasy, Spain Czech Republic


Coronavirus live news: death toll in Spain passes China, as global numbers approach 20,000

India locks down; Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealCoronavirus: latest developments at a glanceCoronavirus key questions: everything you need to knowDeath toll in Spain overtakes China as lockdowns extend around globeUK coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.14pm GMT The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has been giving a briefing on the virtual G7 foreign ministers meeting that began by videoconference at 7am (E...
Tags: Europe, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa


25 killed as Islamic State gunman takes hostages in Kabul Sikh temple

At least 25 worshippers at a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul were shot dead when a lone Islamic State group gunman rampaged through temple. The attacker held hostages and battled Afghan security forces as they tried to clear the building alongside British troops. At one point some 200 people were feared to be trapped and when the incident came to an end the ministry of interior said at least 25 people inside the temple had been killed, including at least one child. The SITE...
Tags: News, Islamic State, India, Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Hindu, Jalalabad, SITE Intelligence Group, Interior Ministry, Nangarhar, Ministry of Interior, Jalalabad The United States, Zabihullah Mujahed, Gurdwara


Italy's restrictions grow more specific in bid to slow virus

SOAVE, Italy — In its most far-reaching measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, Italy is slowing industrial production nationwide, while the hardest-hit region of Lombardy banned any outdoor exercise not on personal property and set distance limits on dog-walking.Franco Locatelli, president of Italy’s Higher Health Council, said Sunday that with the new stringent measures announced this weekend, Italy had exhausted all the possible ways it could to limit personal and professional contact. Th...
Tags: Milan, News, China, World, Rome, Italy, Associated Press, Venice, Verona, Florence, Wuhan, Lombardy, Padua, Interior Ministry, Veneto, Locatelli


Italy, Pandemic's New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World

ROME -- As Italy's coronavirus infections ticked above 400 cases and deaths hit the double digits, the leader of the governing Democratic Party posted a picture of himself clinking glasses for "an aperitivo in Milan," urging people "not to change our habits."That was on Feb. 27. Not 10 days later, as the toll hit 5,883 infections and 233 dead, the party boss, Nicola Zingaretti, posted a new video, this time informing Italy that he, too, had the virus.Italy now has more than 53,000 recorded i...
Tags: Europe, Milan, News, China, Rome, United States, New York Times, Italy, World Health Organization, Lodi, Venice Carnival, Lombardy, Democratic Party, Interior Ministry, Conte, Ministry of Health


The Latest: Father of Italy's Patient No. 1 dies

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 299,000 people and killed more than 12,760. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 91,500 people have recovered so far, mostly in China.TOP OF THE HOUR:—FAA briefly halts flights to NYC-area airports.—Italy's coronavirus deaths, cases continue to rise.—U.S. approves first rapid coronavirus tes...
Tags: Health, Europe, New York, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Putin, Vladimir Putin, NYC, Washington, France, China, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, New York City


The Latest: Uzbekistan halting public transportation

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 297,000 people and killed more than 12,750. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 91,500 people have recovered so far, mostly in China.TOP OF THE HOUR:—FAA briefly halts flights to NYC-area airports.—Italy's coronavirus deaths, cases continue to rise.—U.S. approves first rapid coronavirus tes...
Tags: Health, Europe, New York, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Putin, Vladimir Putin, NYC, Washington, France, China, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, New York City


#SaudiArabia suspends international flights for two weeks over coronavirus fears: SPA - Reuters

Saudi Arabia suspends international flights for two weeks over coronavirus fears: SPA - Reuters:Saudi Arabia has suspended all international flights for two weeks, starting Sunday, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA said on Saturday, citing an official source at interior ministry.The period will be considered as an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents who are unable to return due to the suspension of flights or if they face quarantine after their retur...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Spa, Reuters, Interior Ministry, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Kingdom SPA


#SaudiArabia suspends travel, flights to EU, several other countries over coronavirus - Reuters

Saudi Arabia suspends travel, flights to EU, several other countries over coronavirus - Reuters:Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended travel of citizens and residents and halted flights with several states due to coronavirus fears, state news agency SPA said on Thursday citing an official source at Interior Ministry.The decision includes the European Union, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia, source added, sa...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom, India, Eu, Philippines, Jordan, Somalia, Spa, Reuters, Interior Ministry, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Empty streets and paranoia as northern Italy goes into lockdown

The sun shone on deserted squares in Milan and empty gondolas in Venice on Sunday as a quarter of Italy's population came to grips with being cut off from the rest of the country, under new rules strictly limiting movement in and out of the new red zone. While some packed their bags and fled, most in northern Italy stayed to brave a lockdown imposed by the government on some 15 million people, as it ramps up the fight against the deadly coronavirus. Italy's interior ministry said anyone flouti...
Tags: Milan, News, Italy, Venice, Interior Ministry


Saudi seals off Shiite region, halts travel over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia on Sunday cordoned off an oil-rich Shiite stronghold, suspended air and sea travel to nine countries and closed schools and universities, in a series of measures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus. The lockdown on Qatif, an eastern area that is home to around 500,000 people, is the first action of its kind across the Gulf region, which has confirmed more than 230 coronavirus cases -- most of them people returning from religious pilgrimages to Shiite-majority Iran. Given the...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Shiite, Gulf, Interior Ministry, Qatif, Saudi Press Agency


Saudi seals off Shiite-majority region, closes schools over coronavirus

Saudi authorities Sunday cordoned off the eastern region of Qatif, a stronghold of the kingdom's Shiite minority, in a bid to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus as the total number of cases rose to 11. The lockdown on Qatif, home to around 500,000 people, is the first action of its kind across the Gulf region that has confirmed more than 230 coronavirus cases -- most of them people returning from religious pilgrimages to Shiite-majority Iran. "Given that all 11 recorded positive cases of t...
Tags: News, Iran, Shiite, Gulf, Interior Ministry, Qatif, Saudi Press Agency


Saudi cordons off Shiite-majority region over coronavirus

Saudi authorities Sunday cordoned off the eastern region of Qatif, a centre of the kingdom's Shiite minority, in a bid to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus as the total number of cases rose to 11. The lockdown on Qatif, home to around 500,000 people, is the first action of its kind across the Gulf region that has confirmed more than 230 coronavirus cases -- most of them people returning from religious pilgrimages to Shiite-majority Iran. "Given that all 11 recorded positive cases of the n...
Tags: News, Iran, Shiite, Gulf, Interior Ministry, Qatif


Saudi Arabia locks down Qatif region, suspends schools over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on Sunday on the eastern oil-producing province of Qatif, home to all 11 people in the kingdom who have tested positive for the coronavirus, and suspended all schools and universities nationwide. The interior ministry announced the lockdown in Qatif, which has a large Shi'ite Muslim population, after the four latest cases were confirmed in Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities have previously said those infected have either been to Iran or had contact with p...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Islamic Republic, Interior Ministry, Qatif


Gunmen kill at least 27 at memorial for Afghan Shiite leader

By TAMEEM AKHGAR KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen killed at least 27 people and wounded at least 55 others in Afghanistan’s capital on Friday at a remembrance ceremony for a minority Shiite leader, officials said. Heath Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the injured had been taken to hospitals in Kabul. All of the casualties were civilians, said Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. Several prominent political leaders escaped the ceremony unhurt, including Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s ...
Tags: News, Shooting, Islamic State, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, Taliban, Kabul, Abdullah Abdullah, Interior Ministry, KABUL Afghanistan, Barchi, Rahimi


Tunisia suicide attack wounds five police officers near US embassy

Interior ministry statement said two attackers blew themselves up in country’s capital, TunisTwo suicide bombers have blown themselves up near the US embassy in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, wounding five police officers.An interior ministry statement said the attackers both died and that a civilian was slightly injured. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, US, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia, Tunis, Interior Ministry


Tunisia suicide attack kills five police officers near US embassy

Interior ministry statement said two attackers blew themselves up in country’s capital, TunisTwo suicide bombers have blown themselves up near the US embassy in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, killing five police officers.An interior ministry statement said the attackers both died and that a civilian was slightly injured. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, US, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia, Tunis, Interior Ministry


Fragility of U.S.-Taliban Deal Underscored as Attacks Increase in Afghanistan

(WASHINGTON) — Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump said he had a “very good talk” with a top Taliban leader and insisted the group wants to cease violence, a U.S. military drone on Wednesday targeted the militant group — retaliation for an uptick in Taliban attacks against Afghan forces. The mixed signals underscored the fragility of the U.S.-Taliban deal signed last weekend that aims at ending America’s longest war. U.S. officials said Wednesday’s airstrike was intended as a me...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, America, Qatar, Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, Graham, State Department, Donald Trump, Cheney, Doha


Saudi Officials Ban Pilgrimages to Mecca Over COVID-19

(TEHRAN, Iran) — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, while Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions in Riyadh and Tehran affected both Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike. The Saudi move expands a ban last week on foreigners visiting Mecca and Medina, home to the holiest sites in Islam. That decision alone disrupted trav...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, China, Iraq, Israel, Uncategorized, Jerusalem, Opec, Iran, Vienna, Egypt, Italy, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Hassan Rouhani, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei


Saudi Arabia restricts entry for Gulf citizens, residents - SPA

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday barred citizens and residents of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries from entering the kingdom for 14 days after returning from outside the region due to coronavirus concerns, state news agency SPA reported. Travelers coming from any fellow GCC state - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar - must spend 14 continuous days there and show no signs of the coronavirus before being granted entry, SPA said, citing an interior ministry source. Saudi Ara...
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, China, Qatar, Iran, GCC, Spa, Gulf, Travelers, Interior Ministry, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, United Arab Emirates Bahrain Kuwait Oman


Iran announces low poll turnout, blames coronavirus 'propaganda'

Iran on Sunday announced a 42% turnout in its parliamentary election, the lowest rate since the 1979 Islamic revolution, while its top leader said Tehran's enemies played up the new coronavirus threat to dissuade people from voting. With Iran facing growing isolation and threats of conflict over its nuclear standoff with the United States, and increasing discontent at home, the turnout is seen as a referendum on the popularity of the Islamic republic's rulers. The final results, announced by ...
Tags: News, Iran, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Tehran, Interior Ministry


German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plot

Members of a German extreme right group arrested last week were believed to have been plotting "shocking" large-scale attacks on mosques similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year, a government spokesman said Monday. Officials said that investigations into 12 men detained in police raids across Germany Friday had indicated they planned major attacks, following media reports over the weekend the group aimed to launch several simultaneous mass-casualty assaults on Muslims during pra...
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, New Zealand, Interior Ministry, Bjoern Gruenewaelder


At least five dead in suicide attack on Afghan military academy

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the dawn attack, which comes after nearly three months of relative calm in Kabul. The interior ministry, however, said six people died -- two civilians and four military personnel -- after the suicide bomber detonated the device at around 7:00 am (0230 GMT). The blast happened near the Marshal Fahim military academy, where the country's security officers are trained.
Tags: News, Kabul, Interior Ministry, Fahim


South Korea's Government Explores Move From Windows To Linux Desktop

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In May 2019, South Korea's Interior Ministry announced plans to look into switching to the Linux desktop from Windows. It must have liked what it saw. According to the Korean news site Newsis, the South Korean Ministry of Strategy and Planning has announced the government is exploring moving most of its approximately 3.3 million Windows computers to Linux. The reason for this is simple. It's to reduce software licensing costs and the government's r...
Tags: South Korea, Defense, Tech, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Zdnet, Ministry of Strategy, Choi Jang, Harmonica OS, Korean Postal Service


5 Killed by Avalanche in Turkish Mountains, Second Snowslide Kills 33 Rescue Workers on the Scene

(ANKARA, Turkey) — An avalanche slammed into a mountain road in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, wiping out a huge team of rescue workers sent to find people missing in an earlier avalanche. Officials said 33 emergency workers were killed, 53 were injured and others are still buried under the snow. Wednesday’s avalanche increased the overall death toll from the disaster to 38. Some 300 emergency service workers were called to a highway near the mountain-surrounded town of Bahcesaray in Van prov...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Turkey, Iran, Ankara, Van, Interior Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Bahçesaray, Rescue Workers, Mehmet Emin Bilmez, Bilmez, Osman Ucar, Bahattin Karagulle