Coronavirus: ‘window of opportunity narrowing’ says WHO director

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, has expressed concerned over a ‘narrowing window of opportunity’ to tackle Covid-19 and has urged the international community not to squander it With four new cases in Iran, concern has increased about the epidemic spreading across the Middle East, plus the sharp devaluation of the Iranian … Read more Coronavirus: ‘window of opportunity narrowing’ says WHO director

Profile of Iran: the second-biggest country in the Middle East

Iran is the second-biggest country in the Middle East, just behind its rival Saudi Arabia, and one of the most heavily populated. Literacy rates stand at around 93% between 19-40 year olds, a result of education policies launched in the wake of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. However, when it comes to economy, Iran’s figures … Read more Profile of Iran: the second-biggest country in the Middle East

Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert: Hollywood’s new place to film

On Middle East Matters we journey to Jordan, where the splendid archaeological city of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert are just some of the country’s sites to feature in dozens of Hollywood blockbusters, from Indiana Jones to Star Wars. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news … Read more Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert: Hollywood’s new place to film

What if Idlib falls to Assad? I Inside Story

Babies and children are dying of cold in Syria’s Idlib and their suffering has been described by the UN as the the largest humanitarian horror story of the 21st Century. It says nearly 900,000 civilians have left since the beginning of December. The Syrian government offensive to capture Idlib has created the biggest single civilian … Read more What if Idlib falls to Assad? I Inside Story

Lebanon crisis: Iran’s Parliament speaker visits Beirut

The speaker of Iran’s Parliament Ali Larijani has become the first foreign official to visit Lebanon since a new government was formed. New Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who is backed by Tehran’s allies, is trying to implement economic reforms. Larijani said Iran stood ready to help Lebanon’s struggling economy. But as Beirut seeks to secure … Read more Lebanon crisis: Iran’s Parliament speaker visits Beirut

The Palestinian family with its own checkpoint – BBC News

How is President Trump’s plan to solve the Israeli Palestinian conflict being received on the ground? The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman went to visit two homes in the occupied West Bank; starting with a Palestinian family whose house is in a fenced off enclave within an Israeli settlement. Israel has said it intends … Read more The Palestinian family with its own checkpoint – BBC News

Why China Changed Its Coronavirus Case Methodology

Feb.13 — Coronavirus cases in the Chinese province at the center of the outbreak surged by 45% to nearly 50,000 after authorities added a new group of patients diagnosed by a different method, raising questions over the true scale of a crisis that appeared in recent days to be coming under control. Bloomberg’s Selina Wang … Read more Why China Changed Its Coronavirus Case Methodology

Abbas blasts Trump’s plan for a ‘Swiss cheese’ Palestinian state in UN speech

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN Security Council to reject Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, calling the so-called “win-win” deal a “gift to the Israelis”. Brandishing a large map of Israel and Palestine as laid out by Trump’s January 28 announcement, Abbas called it a “Swiss cheese” deal that would limit Palestinian … Read more Abbas blasts Trump’s plan for a ‘Swiss cheese’ Palestinian state in UN speech