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IMF: Vaccine inequity threatens Mideast's economic recovery

Apr. 11, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Middle East economies are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic faster than anticipated, largely due to the acceleration of mass inoculation campaigns and an increase in oil prices. But the International Monetary Fund warned Sunday that an uneven...

German firms put forward proposal to rebuild Beirut port

Apr. 09, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives of several German companies on Friday outlined a multi-billion-dollar plan to rebuild the port of Beirut and surrounding neighborhoods that had been devastated by a massive explosion last year. The horrific Aug. 4 explosion of nearly 3,000...

Loud debates, fun banter: Mideast finds outlet in Clubhouse

Apr. 09, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — They are boisterous, argumentative and at times downright hilarious. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Arab world are turning to Clubhouse, the fast-growing audio chat app, to mock and vent against longtime rulers, debate sensitive issues from...

UAE sends Syria aid to help it fight spread of coronavirus

Apr. 08, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria received a planeload from the United Arab Emirates on Thursday with food items and medical aid to help the war-torn country in its fight against the spread of the coronavirus, Syria's state media reported. The aid from the UAE comes as Syria is...

Syria: Israeli strikes near capital Damascus wound 4 troops

Apr. 07, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel carried out a missile attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its southern suburbs early Thursday that wounded four soldiers, Syria’s state media said. State news agency, SANA, quoted an unidentified military official as saying that Syrian...

Watchdog: Lebanon's vaccination of refugees, migrants lags

Apr. 06, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s vaccination campaign has been slow and risks leaving behind some of the country’s most vulnerable people, including Palestinian and Syrian refugees, as well as migrant workers, a leading rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said...

Syria to close schools and universities over virus surge

Apr. 03, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Primary schools around Syria will close down indefinitely next week amid a severe increase of coronavirus cases in the war-torn country, while universities will suspend classes for only two weeks and high schools will remain open, the government announced Saturday. ...

Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

Apr. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging observed their second annual...

France heightens pressure on Lebanon to form government

Mar. 29, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s foreign minister has cranked up pressure on Lebanese leaders to form a government, urging them in personal phone calls for an immediate halt to what he called “deliberate obstruction” that’s driving the country toward collapse. Jean-Yves Le...

Tennessee pilot training program may have outgrown airport

Mar. 29, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's flight training program may be a victim of its own success. It has grown so much that it may have outgrown its airport, and the constant training flights are causing friction with neighboring homeowners and commercial pilots. ...