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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region which generally includes Western Asia and all of Egypt, Turkey, and Iran. 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 Transcaucasia and Central Asia into the region. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions.

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How are Middle East celebrities driving digital solidarity amid COVID-19? [Video]

How are Middle East celebrities driving digital solidarity amid COVID-19?

How are Middle East celebrities driving digital solidarity amid COVID-19?

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:18Published
Iran's Supreme Leader: Americans To Be Expelled From Iraq, Syria [Video]

Iran's Supreme Leader: Americans To Be Expelled From Iraq, Syria

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Americans are to be expelled from Iraq and Syria. Khamenei said Americans’ actions in the region had led to them being hated. The..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published
D-Day hero, 99, calls on public to clap for veterans on VE Day [Video]

D-Day hero, 99, calls on public to clap for veterans on VE Day

99-year-old who was one of thousands of brave men who landed on French beaches on D-Day is calling on the public to clap for veterans on VE Day. Stanley Northeast was with the RAF, attached to 6074..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:32Published
UN, EU warn Israel against West Bank annexation [Video]

UN, EU warn Israel against West Bank annexation

UN's Middle East envoy says move would be 'devastating' to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published
'This virus makes it a double burden' for children in Libya, Yemen and Syria [Video]

'This virus makes it a double burden' for children in Libya, Yemen and Syria

The UN children's agency has called for an extra €85 million to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa. Euronews spoke to Juliette Touma, the Regional Chief of..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:52Published
Coronavirus: Middle East faces uncertainty amid armed conflicts [Video]

Coronavirus: Middle East faces uncertainty amid armed conflicts

Regional governments have imposed restrictions, curfews or border closures, but the effectiveness is yet to be seen.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published
Activist Kerry Kennedy says the Middle East region is in transition [Video]

Activist Kerry Kennedy says the Middle East region is in transition

With an uncle who served as a President of the United States, and a father who ran for office, human rights activist Kerry Kennedy has a unique perspective on the state of politics and a free press in..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:00Published
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..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published
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

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Israel must abandon annexation threat, says U.N. Middle East envoy

Israel must abandon its threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the U.N. Middle East envoy said on Wednesday, branding such a plan as a serious violation of international law that would "close..
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Iran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria

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The U.S. ambassador to Israel did not attend Wednesday's arrival of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Middle East nation as he was feeling unwell and had been advised to keep away, the U.S. State..
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Turkey says UAE spreading chaos in Middle East

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Coronavirus may push more asylum seekers towards EU: agency

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U.N. Palestinian refugee agency operating on 'month-to-month' basis due to U.S. aid cut: official

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How an Iranian airline helped coronavirus spread

An investigation by BBC News Arabic has found how one Iranian airline contributed to the spread of the virus around the Middle East.
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Iran's coronavirus death toll rises by 74 as mosques due to reopen

The coronavirus death toll in Iran, one of the hardest hit countries in the Middle East, rose by 74 in the past 24 hours to 6,277, the Health Ministry said on Monday, as mosques were due to reopen in..
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Coronavirus stokes Middle East boiling points

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Key U.S. official urges Lebanon to prove commitment to reforms - Al-Arabiya

The U.S. State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East has urged crisis-hit Lebanon to prove its commitment to reform in order to secure international assistance, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV..
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Iran reopens parks, further easing virus-linked curbs

Iran reopened parks and recreational areas on Wednesday, pressing ahead with measures to ease its coronavirus curbs despite one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in the Middle East.
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Apple expands services business to markets in Africa and beyond

Apple Inc on Tuesday said it would expand its App Store, Apple Music and other services to dozens of new markets in Africa, the Middle East and beyond in the biggest geographical expansion of its..
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Coronavirus to impoverish millions of children in Middle East: UNICEF

Millions of children in the Middle East will become poorer as their caregivers lose jobs from lockdowns aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus across the region, according to the U.N. Children's..
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Business as usual in Iran as malls, bazaars reopen amid coronavirus

Shopping malls and bazaars reopened in Iran on Monday despite warnings by some health officials that a new wave of coronavirus infections could ripple through the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by..
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Turkey's coronavirus cases overtake Iran, highest in Middle East

Turkey's confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 82,329, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday, overtaking neighbouring Iran for the first time to register the highest total in the Middle..
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Coronavirus could cause upheaval across Middle East: Red Cross

Coronavirus outbreaks across the Middle East threaten to shatter the lives of millions of already destitute people in conflict zones, and could fuel socio-economic upheaval, the International Committee..
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Pets in Middle East abandoned over coronavirus fears

Pets in the Middle East are being left abandoned as their owners fear they could spread coronavirus.
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Threat from Iran to U.S. forces in Iraq remains 'significant': senior U.S. diplomat

Iranian-backed militia pose a continuing and "significant" threat to U.S. forces in Iraq, the State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East said on Thursday, about a week after U.S. President..
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Middle East still has chance to scale up coronavirus response: WHO

Most Middle Eastern countries are seeing worrying daily increases in cases of the new coronavirus but the region still has a chance to contain its spread, a senior World Health Organization (WHO)..
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Iran's Rouhani says low-risk economic activities to resume from April 11 amid coronavirus

Iran's president said on Sunday "low-risk" economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the new coronavirus.
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Iran plans tougher restrictions as coronavirus toll rises

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Iran extends prison furloughs as coronavirus death toll rises

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Iran's coronavirus death toll reaches 2,640

Iran's coronavirus death toll has risen to 2,640, a health ministry official said on Sunday, as the Middle East's worst-hit country grapples with the fast-spreading outbreak.
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Iran's death toll from coronavirus reaches 2,640 - health official

Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 2,640 and the number of infected people has reached 38,309, a health ministry official tweeted on Sunday, as the Middle East's worst-hit country..
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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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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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Khamenei lauds Iranians' 'dazzling' sacrifices to fight virus

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a speech on state television for the Persian New Year, praised Iranians for their "dazzling" sacrifices in fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the..
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Unity will help Iran overcome coronavirus, Rouhani says

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Hundreds of Bahrainis stuck in Iran as evacuation plans stall

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Mideast, Africa airlines in crisis as coronavirus stifles demand: IATA

Middle East and African airlines are in crisis with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk from the coronavirus outbreak, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday, calling for..
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IATA says Middle East airlines need state aid due to liquidity crisis

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Mideast states must share more information on coronavirus cases: WHO

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