Followers of Muqtada Al Sadr chant slogans against corruption during a rally in Baghdad on Friday. Associated Press
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Iraq on Saturday as part of a wider trip to the Middle East seeking to de-escalate tensions between Iran and the United States.
Commercial airliners flying over the Arabian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification”from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US, American diplomats warned on Saturday, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war.
Iraqi leaders have warned of the risks of war during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, whose country is locked in a tense standoff with the United States.
Spain confirmed another 838 deaths in 24 hours from coronavirus on Sunday, a new daily record bringing the total number of deaths to 6,528, according to health ministry figures.
The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 31,412 on Sunday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT from official sources.
The Sharjah Executive Council announced on Sunday that it will extend the suspension of all social and sporting events and celebrations in wedding halls, event halls, hotels, and government and community facilities, until the end of April.