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Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan

Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had been in hospital with a pilgrim returning from Saudi Arabia, reports said Wednesday. Both are receiving specialist treatment in the hospital in the southern province of Kerman where they are believed to have…

Saudi Arabia reports five new MERS deaths, bringing country’s death toll to 168

Saudi Arabia has reported five new deaths from the MERS respiratory virus, bringing the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 168. In its latest tally, issued on Saturday, the health ministry said the total number of infections in the kingdom……

Saudi Arabia’s MERS death toll rises to 163

Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported three more fatalities from the MERS respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 163. The health ministry website also revealed on Saturday that 520 cases have been recorded……

Florida hospital workers placed in isolation as second MERS case confirmed

U.S. health officials confirmed the country’s second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East, and said the patient was in good condition in an Orlando, Florida, hospital. The patient, 44, is a healthcare worker who lives and works in Saudi Arabia and traveled to the…

Seven new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced seven more deaths from the MERS coronavirus Saturday, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease. The Middle East Respiratory System coronavirus has now killed……

MERS virus death toll in Saudi Arabia reaches 111

Saudi health authorities announced Saturday two new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, raising to 111 the number of fatalities since the disease appeared in the kingdom in September 2012. A 25-year-old man has died in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah……

Barack Obama leaves Rome for Saudi Arabia

US President Barack Obama on Friday left Italy for Saudi Arabia — the last stop of his six-day tour of Europe and the Middle East. Obama’s plane, Air Force One, left Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 0955 GMT, an AFP photographer travelling with the president said. The US leader was expected…

Maliki: Saudi Arabia and Qatar are at war with Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, with Maliki also accusing Riyadh of supporting global terrorism, comes with…

Saudi Arabia ‘seeking Pakistani arms for Syrian rebels’

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a Saudi source said Sunday. The United States has long opposed arming……

Saudi Arabia’s religious police chief vows crackdown on extremists

The head of Saudi Arabia's religious police admitted the presence of extremists within its ranks, labelling them "advocates of sedition" and vowing to remove them, local media reported Tuesday. Sheikh Abdullatif al-Sheikh's comments come the day after……

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