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 2020-02-29 04:50 

The Peninsula Qatar

Canada's economy stalls as exports and business investment drop...

Canada's economy slid to a near halt in the fourth quarter, as exports dropped by the most since 2017 and business investment declined, but December came in stronger-than-expected, suggesting the economy had a bit of momentum going into 2020 before th...

 2020-02-29 04:46 

MehrNews.com

Iran dismisses US offer to help fight coronavirus as 'hypocritical'...

TEHRAN, Feb. 29 (MNA) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claim about an offer to help Tehran fight the outbreak of coronavirus as "hypocritical4; and politically-motivated, aimed at di...

 2020-02-29 04:42 

Al Arabiya

US postpones ASEAN summit amid coronavirus fears: US official...

The United States has delayed a regional ASEAN summit scheduled to take place in Las Vegas next month due to fears of the coronavirus, a senior...

 2020-02-29 04:40 

JPost.com

Qatar reports first case of coronavirus...

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 2020-02-29 04:36 

JPost.com

California monitoring 8,400 people for symptoms of coronavirus...

California on Wednesday reported a coronavirus case of unknown origin, making it potentially the first incident of the virus spreading within US communities. ;...

 2020-02-29 04:31 

Times of Israel

Trump accuses Democrats of 'hoax' for criticizing virus plan...

US president says foes 'politicizing9; coronavirus threat, boasts about White House response during South Carolina rally ahead of the Democratic party primaryUS president says foes 'politicizing9; coronavirus threat, boasts about White House...

 2020-02-29 04:20 

Al Jazeera

All infected patients in Vietnam cured: A coronavirus miracle?...

World Health Organization officials and health experts say swift response crucial in containing virus in the country....

 2020-02-29 04:12 

Al Arabiya

US vows to remain engaged with Sudan, others on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam...

The United States will continue to work with Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan until they sign an accord on a giant Blue Nile hydropower dam, after failing to...

 2020-02-29 04:08 

Al Arabiya

South Korea confirms 594 new coronavirus cases, total 2,931...

South Korea confirmed 594 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest increase to date for the country and taking the national total to 2,931...

 2020-02-29 04:07 

Times of Israel

Turkey, Russia talk spiraling tensions in Syria as migrants push west...

NATO and UN urge deescalation after dozens of Turkish troops killed in airstrike; nearly 1 million flee Idlib violence, hundreds skirmish with Greek police at borderNATO and UN urge deescalation after dozens of Turkish troops killed in airstrike; nearly 1...

 2020-02-29 04:05 

JPost.com

Liberman alleges Netanyahu told Jordan he wouldn't annex Jordan Valley...

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 2020-02-29 03:55 

Al Arabiya

US reports third coronavirus case of unknown origin...

US health officials on Friday reported a third case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with...

 2020-02-29 03:35 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon's education minister orders schools, universities to close till March 8...

Lebanon's education minister orders schools, universities to close till March 8...

 2020-02-29 03:30 

JPost.com

Iran's coronavirus death toll rises to 43...

There are reports that Iranian MP Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak was diagnosed with coronavirus and died on Saturday. ;...

 2020-02-29 03:25 

Times of Israel

Wall Street has worst week since 2008 as S&P 500 drops 11.5%...

Global financial markets rocked as virus outbreak shuts down industrial centers, empties shops, slashes travel worldwide; US investors look to Federal Reserve for succorGlobal financial markets rocked as virus outbreak shuts down industrial centers, empti...

 2020-02-29 03:07 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Pompeo to witness signing of U.S.-Taliban deal: Trump...

U.S. President Donald Trump Friday announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would witness the signing of a U.S.-Taliban agreement on a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan....

 2020-02-29 03:00 

Times of Israel

US states to get test kits as White House amps up virus effort...

Global virus outbreak becoming test of Trump's credibility, his administration's competence, as health officials scramble and total number of cases rises to 63Global virus outbreak becoming test of Trump's credibility, his administration's...

 2020-02-29 02:59 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspends entry of GCC citizens to Mecca and Medina: Foreign Ministry...

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens to Mecca and Medina, the foreign ministry announced in a statement published by the state news agency Friday....

 2020-02-29 02:53 

Kuwait News Agency

Briefing of KUNA main news for Friday until 00:00 GMT...

KUWAIT -- Deputy Prime Minister says the Civil Defense Committee is in permanent session for COVID-19 risks. RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia suspends entry of GCC citizens to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah amid coronavirus fears. TEHRAN -- Deaths from coron...

 2020-02-29 02:52 

Kuwait News Agency

Trump nominates Ratcliffe as intelligence chief...

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (KUNA) -- US President Donald J. Trump said Friday he is reappointing John Ratcliffe, a Republican lawmaker from Texas, as Director of National Intelligence (DNI). "I am pleased to announce the nomination of Congressman John Ratclif...

 2020-02-29 02:44 

JPost.com

Pope resumes individual official audiences, cancels group meetings...

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 2020-02-29 02:44 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Los Angeles deputies may have shared Kobe Bryant crash photos...

Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed, according to a newspaper report....

 2020-02-29 02:39 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Hitti discusses French support with Le Drian...

Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti Friday discussed ways that France could help Lebanon exit its current economic crisis with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian....

 2020-02-29 02:37 

JPost.com

Malaysia's king names Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister...

he decision came five days after the resignation of 94-year-old Mahathir, the world's oldest head of government. ;...

 2020-02-29 02:28 

Kuwait News Agency

Sheikh Dr. Ahmad meets Kuwait diplomatic mission in Egypt...

KUWAIT, Feb 28 (KUNA) -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah, in the presence of Minister of State for Economic Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel, met on Friday with members of the Kuwaiti diplomatic mission to Egypt and the Arab L...

 2020-02-29 02:20 

Times of Israel

Walkouts as Roman Polanski wins best director at French Oscars...

Protests erupt outside Paris film awards ceremony as filmmaker, charged with sexual assault, tops nominations; Polanski avoids event, fearing a 'public lynching'Protests erupt outside Paris film awards ceremony as filmmaker, charged with sexual as...

 2020-02-29 02:17 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Lebanon to decide on Eurobond payment next week: Diab...

BEIRUT: Lebanon will decide next week whether to make the $1.2 billion Eurobond payment that is maturing in March, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Friday during a Cabinet session, amid rising speculation that the government was headed for a default....

 2020-02-29 02:15 

JPost.com

Afghans hope for peace as US-Taliban set for troop withdrawal deal...

"The biggest thing is that we hope the US remain committed to their promises during the negotiation and peace deal," said Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the hardline Islamist group. ;...

 2020-02-29 02:14 

JPost.com

Mike Pompeo arrives in Doha for signing of pact with Taliban...

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 2020-02-29 02:10 

The Peninsula Qatar

Oil prices on track for biggest weekly fall in four years...

Oil prices slumped to their lowest in more than a year on Friday and were set for their steepest weekly fall in four years as the global spread of the coronavirus stokes demand fears....

 2020-02-29 02:10 

The Peninsula Qatar

Amir donates QR50mn to'Haqq al-Sham' campaign for Syrians...

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has donated 50 million riyals to the 'Haqq al-Sham' campaign....

 2020-02-29 02:09 

The Peninsula Qatar

Relatively cold night, cloudy sky, dusty strong wind...

Weather until Saturday morning will be relatively cold by night and slightly dusty at places at times with some clouds, said the daily weather report by Department of Meteorology....

 2020-02-29 02:06 

Al Jazeera

Malaysia's Mahathir says he has the numbers to return as PM...

Interim prime minister made the announcement on Saturday following his meeting with leaders of Pakatan Harapan alliance....

 2020-02-29 02:02 

JPost.com

Turkish strikes in northwest Syria kill 48 pro-Damascus troops...

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 2020-02-29 01:59 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Christian woman in Pakistan blasphemy row: I've been invited to live in France...

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, said on Friday after meeting President Emmanuel Macron that she had been invited her to live in France....

 2020-02-29 01:57 

Times of Israel

'Sonic: The Hedgehog' actor Ben Schwartz is still a neurotic Jew from Riverdale...

Despite Hollywood success and new friendship with Billy Crystal formed on the set of indie flick 'Standing Up, Falling Down,' funnyman admits he still worries about his next gigDespite Hollywood success and new friendship with Billy Crystal formed...

 2020-02-29 01:51 

JPost.com

Overseas students in South Korea fear prejudice amid coronavirus outbreak...

"I was rejected twice by taxis after they asked me where I came from," Annie, a sophomore at Yonsei University, told Reuters. ;...

 2020-02-29 01:50 

Times of Israel

Hundreds of US Jews sign public declaration of support for Elizabeth Warren...

Letter marks latest bid to sway Jewish voters ahead of Democratic party primaries; signatories include prominent rabbis, community leadersLetter marks latest bid to sway Jewish voters ahead of Democratic party primaries; signatories include prominent rabb...

 2020-02-29 01:46 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Rainy weekend ahead...

After a warm week, Lebanon is set to experience a drop in temperature accompanied by moderate rain this weekend, according to a weather bulletin released Friday by the Meteorological Department at Rafik Hariri International Airport....

 2020-02-29 01:37 

JPost.com

Building a home for Israel's brightest minds...

According to nonprofit ScienceAbroad, the Israeli economy loses approximately NIS 20 million for every academic who remains abroad, based on lost knowhow and potential contributions to the state. ;...

 2020-02-29 01:36 

Times of Israel

Biden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC by video after group departs from 2016 rules...

Pro-Israel lobby allows candidates to speak remotely due to Super Tuesday primaries after barring it last election cycle; Netanyahu and Gantz to speak via satellitePro-Israel lobby allows candidates to speak remotely due to Super Tuesday primaries after b...

 2020-02-29 01:31 

JPost.com

Russia says agreed with Turkey to reduce tensions in Syria's Idlib...

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 2020-02-29 01:29 

Gulf Times

Carnivals, cars, concerts: Swiss crack down on virus...

Switzerland yesterday cancelled football matches, carnival celebrations, concerts and the Geneva International Motor Show in a drastic bid to stem the country's new coronavirus outbreak in its early stages....

 2020-02-29 01:28 

The Daily Star

[ Lebanon ]

Vatican acknowledges some countries still lack guidelines on preventing abuse...

Vatican officials acknowledged on Friday that bishops in about 10 countries still have no guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse cases, as it unveiled a new "task force" to help them and others....

 2020-02-29 01:27 

JPost.com

Pakistan wants 'responsible withdrawal' of US troops from Afghanistan...

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 2020-02-29 01:25 

Kuwait News Agency

UK confirms 20 coronavirus infections...

LONDON, Feb 28 (KUNA) -- The Department of Public Health and Social Care announced on Friday that the number of infections with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United Kingdom rose to 20. As of 28 February, a total of 8,986 people have been tested ...

 2020-02-29 01:24 

Gulf Times

Qatar's resolution on postal services gets UPU backing...

The Council of Administration (CA) of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) voted in its meeting for the resolution Qatar had proposed and, which affirms the right of Qatar to restore postal services from and to the defendant countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi A...

 2020-02-29 01:22 

Gulf Times

First Finance names winners of QND '19 promotional campaign...

First Finance named the winners of the promotional campaign that was launched in conjunction with the Qatar National Day 2019 celebrations....

 2020-02-29 01:22 

Gulf Times

Qatar Anti-Corruption Center signs MoU with Cadi Ayyad University...

HE the Attorney-General of Qatar Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center, signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding with President of Cadi Ayyad University Pr Moulay Lhas...

 2020-02-29 01:20 

Gulf Times

White House defends response to outbreak...

The Trump administration sought yesterday to reassure Americans that it was responding to the threat of a US coronavirus outbreak, as the flu-like illness spread to more countries and stock markets dropped sharply again....

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