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Riot, Break-Out at Syria Jail Holding Jihadists, Say SDF, NGO

Prisoners at a Syrian jail run by Kurdish forces holding suspected Islamic State members rioted and some escaped Sunday, said Kurdish sources and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Saudi Arabia Seizes 5 Million Illegally Stored Medical Masks

Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak, state media reported on Sunday.

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Saudi Intercepts Missiles over Curfew-Locked Riyadh, Border City

Saudi air defenses intercepted ballistic missiles over Riyadh and a city on the Yemen border late Saturday, leaving at least two civilians wounded in the capital that is under curfew in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Netanyahu, Gantz See 'Significant Progress' toward Unity Govt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his erstwhile rival Benny Gantz on Sunday announced "significant progress" in talks towards forming an emergency unity government amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Curfews Extended as USAID Declares Aid Suspension in Yemen

As countries across the Middle East tighten restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development said Thursday that it would suspend humanitarian aid to parts of Yemen over restrictions by the Houthi rebels that predate the pandemic.

A spokesman for USAID, one of the largest donors to U.N. operations in Yemen, told The Associated Press that it will "partially suspend" its operations the following day in Houthi rebel-held areas, where 70% of Yemenis live.

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At Standstill over Virus, Damascus Dreads New Silent Foe

On a deserted street in the old city of Damascus, the new coronavirus has forced salesmen like Ahmad to close up shop indefinitely for the first time in Syria's war.

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Israel Parliament Elects Netanyahu Rival Gantz as Speaker

Israel's ex-military chief Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival, was elected speaker of parliament Thursday, in a surprise development that could lead to an emergency alliance between the two. 

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Saudi Chairs G20 Crisis Talks as Virus Threatens Recession

Leaders of the G20 major economies will hold an online summit Thursday in a bid to fend off a coronavirus-triggered recession, after criticism the group has been slow to address the crisis.

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Rockets Hit Iraq's Green Zone, U.S.-Led Coalition Leaves Base

Two rockets slammed into the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone early Thursday, hours before US-led forces were set to pull out of a second base in the country.

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Yemen War: Five Years on, Rebels Stronger than Ever

Five years after Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen's civil war, leading a military coalition to prop up the government which had been driven out of its capital, the Huthi rebels are only stronger, more resilient and gaining ground.

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