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Autocrats’ Dilemma: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

Autocrats’ Dilemma: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

CAIRO — When the virus hit, the strongmen hit back as they know best. For Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,…
Insular, but not isolating – Why covid-19 has spread among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox | Middle East and Africa

Insular, but not isolating – Why covid-19 has spread among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox | Middle East and Africa

Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers…
U.K. Backs Off Medical Rationing Plan as Coronavirus Rages

U.K. Backs Off Medical Rationing Plan as Coronavirus Rages

LONDON — Denying lifesaving care to conserve public resources is nothing new for Britain’s National Health Service. In expensive treatments…
Lakes of unwanted oil – A lost year in Saudi Arabia | Middle East and Africa

Lakes of unwanted oil – A lost year in Saudi Arabia | Middle East and Africa

THE YEAR had got off to a good start for Saudi Arabia. After a sluggish stretch the non-oil economy was…
Iran, Devastated by Coronavirus, Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives

Iran, Devastated by Coronavirus, Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives

As Iran struggles with a devastating coronavirus outbreak, a broken economy and a severe shortage of medical equipment, it says…
Trump Warns Iran of Heightened Retaliation for Any Attacks on U.S. Troops

Trump Warns Iran of Heightened Retaliation for Any Attacks on U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — President Trump warned Iran on Wednesday against using its proxy forces to attack American troops, vowing to retaliate…
Sickly state – Iran has let its covid-19 outbreak get out of hand | Middle East and Africa

Sickly state – Iran has let its covid-19 outbreak get out of hand | Middle East and Africa

NOWHERE HAS covid-19 hit a country’s leaders harder than in Iran. Two vice-presidents, ministers and 24 members of parliament (almost…
Coronavirus in Israel: Cases Soar Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Coronavirus in Israel: Cases Soar Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews

BNEI BRAK, Israel — Ultra-Orthodox Jews failing to comply with government instructions to contain the coronavirus are causing it to…
Continental contagion – Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19 | Middle East and Africa

Continental contagion – Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19 | Middle East and Africa

Mar 26th 2020 ADDIS ABABA, GOMA, JOHANNESBURG AND KAMPALA Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important…
Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.

BAGHDAD — When Iraq recorded its first cases of coronavirus, its health minister asked the government for $5 million in…
An even tighter grip – As covid-19 spreads, Arab states are clamping down | Middle East and Africa

An even tighter grip – As covid-19 spreads, Arab states are clamping down | Middle East and Africa

Mar 26th 2020 Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely…
U.S. Cuts Health Care Aid to Yemen Despite Worries About Coronavirus

U.S. Cuts Health Care Aid to Yemen Despite Worries About Coronavirus

Earlier this year, the United States and other countries gave the rebels an ultimatum to meet benchmarks or risk losing…
A double lockdown – Gaza, already under siege, imposes quarantine | Middle East and Africa

A double lockdown – Gaza, already under siege, imposes quarantine | Middle East and Africa

Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers…
Benny Gantz, Breaking Vows, Says He Would Serve Under Netanyahu

Benny Gantz, Breaking Vows, Says He Would Serve Under Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was set to hold onto power after his chief rival, Benny Gantz,…
Israeli Parliament Speaker Quits, but Political Deadlock No Closer to an End

Israeli Parliament Speaker Quits, but Political Deadlock No Closer to an End

JERUSALEM — The speaker of Israel’s Parliament, Yuli Edelstein, a staunch ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, abruptly resigned on Wednesday…
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