Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia warns it may reach up to 200,000 infections

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In a rare televised address, the health minister said some people were not taking the danger of infection seriously. The coronavirus could eventually infect between 10,000 and 200,000 people in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s health minister has said, urging the public to … Read More

Trump says Iran planning ‘sneak attack’ on US troops, assets in Iraq

President Trump said Wednesday that Iran is planning a “sneak attack” on U.S. troops or “assets” in Iraq, warning the country will pay a “heavy price” if this happens. The president made the abrupt announcement in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, coming amid lingering … Read More

Here’s what coronavirus-hit Iran might do to wreak havoc in the region

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The confluence of hard-hitting sanctions on the country and Iran’s floundering theocracy frustrated an adequate response to the pandemic. Iranian people wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran February 29, 2020     (photo credit: REUTERS) Iran … Read More

Russia: Gulf nations, not us, to blame for oil prices fall -TASS

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia never sought a sharp oil price fall or an end to cooperation with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the Gulf nations are to blame for the crisis on the global oil markets, a … Read More

Iran warns virus could kill ‘millions’ in Islamic Republic

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran issued its most dire warning yet Tuesday about the new coronavirus ravaging the country, suggesting “millions” could die in the Islamic Republic if people keep traveling and ignore health guidance. A state TV journalist who … Read More

Iran warned not to mess with U.S. as CENTCOM spotlights ‘enormous’ firepower of nearby carriers

“U.S. Central Command is well postured to defend our forces around the region and to respond to any further aggression against our forces,” the combatant command tweeted March 13, 2020. The remark comes in conjunction with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the … Read More

Oil crashes by most since 1991 as Saudi Arabia launches price war

New York (CNN Business) Oil prices suffered a historic collapse overnight after Saudi Arabia shocked the market by launching a price war against onetime ally Russia. US oil prices crashed as much as 34% to a four-year low of $27.34 a barrel as … Read More

All U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan under peace deal

‘Conditions-based’ withdrawal will be complete in 14 months if Taliban keep commitments. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group’s top political leader, shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. … Read More

Adviser to Iran’s Supreme leader dies from coronavirus, as other top officials infected

An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the new coronavirus, as other top officials in the country are confirmed to be infected, according to multiple reports on Monday. The Iranian Health Ministry recorded 523 new cases in the past … Read More

A disaster in Syria as Russia and Turkey clash

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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday, along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Syrian internally displaced persons in a camp north of Syria’s Idlib … Read More

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