Coronavirus crisis: Plea seeking return of stranded Pakistani pilgrims from Iran dismissed

Inquiry into coronavirus spread On March 30, the IHC had set aside a petition seeking an inquiry into whether the coronavirus spread in Pakistan due to lax controls at the quarantine center established in Taftan, with its top judge saying that this was not the time to suspect the intentions of the state.

Nine dead in Turkey as 5.7 earthquake strikes western Iran

The effects of the quake hit four villages in Van. Seven of the fatalities occurred in Ozpinar village, where Soylu said search and rescue teams had arrived. He added that the quake caused 1,066 buildings to collapse while the Education Ministry said a number of schools were damaged.

Iran Official Says Trump Sanctions Are ‘Medical Terrorism’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

Last week, Pompeo condemned what he called Khamenei’s “fabrications,” and warned that such dishonesty would put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk from coronavirus. He also noted that the U.S. had offered Iran medical support, but this had been rejected by the regime.

‘Worried’ Health Secretary Matt Hancock admits he WOULDN’T go to coronavirus-hit Italy and advises EVERYONE returning to UK from worst-hit areas to self-isolate for 14 days – but Foreign Office still won’t ban travel to the country

In the first signs of a UK impact of the Italy situation, a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Milan was delayed by 20 minutes yesterday morning when a passenger asked to get off the flight because they were afraid of the coronavirus. 

COVID-19: Saving Nigerians from the Wuhan virus

The Asian giant is a country where anything goes in its battle for global dominance. A few weeks ago, three Chinese road construction workers killed some Nigerians and had their organs harvested for sale back home in China. This dastardly act must have been going on until the day they were swooped on.

U.S.-Saudi oil alliance idea born at White House, put on back burner for now

The United States was for decades the world’s largest net importer of petroleum but the shale boom has transformed it into the world’s biggest producer of oil. That has given Trump freedom to take a different approach to the Middle East than predecessors who were more dependent on its oil imports.

China oil imports in Jan-Feb from Saudi Arabia rise 26% from year ago

* Jan-Feb Saudi shipments 1.79 mln bpd; +26% y/y * Russian Jan-Feb imports 1.71 mln bpd; +11% y/y * Iranian shipments down 81% y/y * Zero imports from the U.S. and Venezuela Jan-Feb By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu BEIJING/SINGAPORE, March 25 (Reuters) – China’s crude oil imports in the first two months of 2020 […]

COVID-19 | Saudi Hajj Minister urges pilgrims to delay plans

Each year, up to 2 million Muslims perform the hajj, a physically demanding and often costly pilgrimage that draws the faithful from around the world. The hajj, required of all able-bodied Muslims to perform once in their lifetime, is seen as a chance to wipe clean past sins and bring about greater humility and unity […]

Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks, and the rest of the world is coming around

Hundreds of people lined up to enter a Costco in Novato, California, on March 14. Many people have been stocking up on food, toilet paper and other items. As a response to panic buying, retailers in the United States and Canada have started limiting the number of toilet paper that customers can buy in one […]

Doha forced to break silence on Qatar’s migrant worker deaths

“There are figures within Qatar who recognise just how damaging this issue is and who appreciate the importance of labour reform, but they are facing strong opposition from a short-sighted business community that is stubbornly opposed to the notion of loosening the grip on its foreign workers,” said Nicholas McGeehan of Human Rights Watch.