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Iran reports 8 new coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 34 Mexico confirms first coronavirus cases in two men returned from Italy Congo military intelligence chief dies of heart attack, wife says Trump administration defends coronavirus response from rising criticism Coronavirus outbreak 'getting bigger', WHO says Paraguay dengue fever death toll rises to 34 At least 23 guests leave Canary Islands hotel locked down over coronavirus


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Amir donates QR50mn for Haqq al-Sham campaign for Syrians

In a profoundly humanitarian gesture, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has donated QR50 million to the Haqq Al-Sham campaign to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced Syrian people. 10:45:15 PM
HBKU holds seminar on platform economy A number of issues shaping and surrounding the platform economy provided the basis for a colloquium held recently at the College of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). 10:08:58 PM
Medical Commission receives over 607,000 visitors in 2019 The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that the total number of Medical Commission visitors reached about 607,601 in 2019 with an average of 2,470 visitors per day on 246 working days 09:06:15 PM

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Mexico confirms first coronavirus cases in two men returned from Italy

Mexico's government said on Friday it had detected the first cases of coronavirus infection in two men who had recently traveled to Italy 08:07:25 PM
Congo military intelligence chief dies of heart attack, wife says Congo's military intelligence chief died on Friday after suffering a heart attack, his wife said, following media reports that an investigation had been opened into allegations that he tried to destabilise the country. 07:57:58 PM
Trump administration defends coronavirus response from rising criticism The Trump administration on Friday sought 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. 07:06:30 PM

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Iran reports 8 new coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 34

Iran on Friday reported eight new deaths from coronavirus, raising its toll to 34, as the number of infections jumped again in the Islamic republic, one of the worst-hit countries. 08:21:19 PM
Iran coronavirus toll hits 26, top officials infected The coronavirus epidemic in Iran has cost 26 lives, the health ministry announced yesterday, with a vice president becoming the latest top official to be infected as the spread appeared to accelerate. 11:25:28 PM
Friday prayer, gatherings, exhibitions suspended until further notice: Iranian Health Ministry The Iranian Ministry of Health announced Thursday a number of measures to confront the novel coronavirus. 05:40:49 PM

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World’s biggest virus victim in equities is Southeast Asia

The S&P 500 Index may have witnessed its quickest correction ever, but one of the biggest stock-market victims of the coronavirus epidemic has been Southeast Asia. 10:41:41 PM
Traders bet central banks won’t keep calm over virus for long Investors aren’t buying the idea that central banks’ wait-and-see approach to the coronavirus will last, ramping up bets on interest-rate cuts that could start within months. Money markets now see three Federal Reserve reductions this year – starting next month – and one by the European Central Bank 10:29:48 PM
Europe markets suffer worst week since financial crisis Global stocks slumped again yesterday to mark the largest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears the coronavirus could wreak havoc on the world economy. Crude oil prices tumbled as well and analysts said that central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve 10:27:16 PM

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Klopp praises Reds’ ‘fighting’ qualities

‘We just have to fight for each inch of grass and in that game again if we do that we are difficult to play. If we are difficult to play we have a chance to win’ 10:39:03 PM
Arsenal knocked out in dying seconds by Olympiakos Youssef El Arabi scored in the last minute of extra-time as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League on Thursday on a night when four former European champions were eliminated. 10:37:11 PM
Harris takes over as short-handed Sixers defeat Knicks ‘We had a good pop to our offence and I was able to get in-the-flow plays’ 10:18:38 PM

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Al-Marri: NHRC to continue prosecuting blockading countries

HE the Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri has affirmed the committee’s commitment to continue to take the necessary legal measures necessary to condemn the blockading countries because of their violations that have lasted for 1,000 days, 12:22:20 AM
Qatar is a pioneer in hosting UN centres Speaking at a press conference held after the closing session of the second high-level meeting of the Global Judicial Integrity Network, on Wednesday. 12:20:24 AM
Why is President Trump targeting ‘sanctuary’ cities US Republican President Donald Trump has intensified his administration’s fight in recent weeks against Democratic-led “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit co-operation with federal immigration enforcement. 12:18:23 AM

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The dangers of innovation and its evil effects

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’i, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: “A Bid’ah is anything that has no basis in the Qur’an, Sunnah or sayings of any of the companions.” 01:12:51 AM
Need to teach special needs kids the way they learn “Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg,” says Paul Collins, American author and editor. 10:12:33 PM
Coming to grief When at last they reached the top they discovered that the view east was blocked by another peak that rose nearly 200 feet higher than the one they had just climbed. They immortalised their disappointment by naming the smaller mountain Mount Disappointment, writes Deborah Netburn 10:09:26 PM

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The second Aspire Lake Festival

The second Aspire Lake Festival took spectators through half-hour ‘magical journey,’ featuring more than 40 artists and experts with a showcase of theatrical performances and fireworks displays at Aspire Park. 07:42:17 PM
Newly opened Orbital Highway Phase-I, Qatar Almost two-third of the ambitious Orbital Highway and Truck Route linking the newly constructed Hamad Port in Mesaieed with the Ras Laffan Industrial City on the northern side is ready now. 04:28:14 PM
The Khalifa International Stadium The Khalifa International Stadium, which is hosting the Emir Cup final on Friday, will give spectators a new experience ... 12:08:25 PM

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