In brief

Reacting to coronavirus, Europeans launch long-awaited INSTEX mechanism with Iran

Syrian ex-vice president Khaddam dies in France at 88

Europe to launch coronavirus contact tracing app initiative

Syria: Riot breaks out at prison holding IS militants

Raincoats and rubber boots for Pakistani aid workers in coronavirus fight

Iran's coronavirus death toll reaches 2,640

Covid-19 cases top 1,000 as India says no plans to extend lockdown

Egypt deep cleans pyramids site emptied of tourists

Iraqi Shia Muslims test positive for coronavirus after pilgrimage to Syria

Belly dancer keeps Tunisians entertained through coronavirus lockdown

Syria reports first coronavirus death as fears grow that virus could spread

You may not kiss the bride: social distancing in force at Indonesia wedding

WHO: Testing for coronavirus has started in Syria's embattled Idlib

India's coronavirus heroes come under attack

Four abducted employees of French Christian NGO released in Iraq

Pakistan clerics to defy mosque closure amid coronavirus lockdown

Netanyahu rival Gantz elected speaker of Israeli parliament in shock move

U.S. imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions despite coronavirus

Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

India's 1.3 billion locked down as U.S. reaches virus aid deal

Egypt declares two-week curfew to counter coronavirus

Boko Haram kills almost 100 soldiers in seven-hour attack in Chad

War-torn Libya reports first coronavirus case

EU to give €20 million to aid sanctions-hit Iran in coronavirus fight

UN Secretary-General Guterres calls for a worldwide ceasefire in view of corona

Qatar announces $150 million aid to Gaza to support UN programmes and efforts to contain coronavirus

Iran's Khamanei refuses U.S. help to fight coronavirus, citing conspiracy theory

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo visits Afghanistan amid multiple crises

Don't block asylum-seekers over pandemic, says UN refugee chief

India hangs four men over 2012 Delhi bus rape and murder

Dozens of Malian soldiers killed in suspected jihadist attack

Reacting to corona, Qatar eases exit restrictions on migrant gas and oil employees

Erdogan discusses migrant crisis and Syria with Macron, Merkel and Johnson

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Iran temporarily freed into custody of family

Anti-government protests thwarted as Algeria bans street marches over coronavirus

UN to suspend refugee resettlement abroad due to coronavirus travel restrictions

Iran grants 85,000 prisoners parole due to coronavirus crisis

Israel's confirmed coronavirus cases jump by 40 percent in 24 hours

Nearly 70,000 Afghans return home after fleeing virus-hit Iran

Coronavirus kills senior cleric as Iran toll hits 853

Israel's Gantz gets chance to form government after inconclusive unity talks

250,000 pilgrims mass in Pakistan despite coronavirus warnings

Religious services curbed across Middle East over coronavirus fears

US carries out retaliatory air strikes in Iraq against Iran-backed militia

Sudan economy in crisis almost year after Bashir ousting

Turkey's Erdogan compares Greek actions at border to Nazis

One year after mosque massacre, New Zealand is fighting rising hate

HRW denounces Greece over migrants held on warship

Indonesian singles propose "marriage without dating"

Turkey announces first coronavirus case

25 virus suspects on Nile cruise boat test negative in Egypt

Moroccan journalist on trial over a tweet denies wrongdoing