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Ulf Laessing

Some Egyptians pack streets for Ramadan shopping despite coronavirus threat

06 May 2020

CAIRO In the heart of Egypt's capital, shoppers pack sweet shops and grocery stores to stock up for fast-breaking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, shrugging off fears about the new coronavirus.

Egyptian pound's initial coronavirus immunity seen waning

28 Apr 2020

CAIRO/DUBAI/LONDON Egypt's pound has been a rare riser among emerging market currencies beaten down by the coronavirus fallout but pressure is growing on it to weaken.

In shadow of coronavirus, Muslims face a Ramadan like never before

20 Apr 2020

ALGIERS/CAIRO/JAKARTA Days before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus pandemic: enforced separation at a time when socialising is almost sacred. | Video

In shadow of coronavirus, Muslims face a Ramadan like never before

20 Apr 2020

ALGIERS/CAIRO/JAKARTA, April 20 Days before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus pandemic: enforced separation at a time when socialising is almost sacred.

Coronavirus crisis spells trouble for many Egyptian breadwinners

07 Apr 2020

CAIRO Squatting with other day labourers under a bridge in Cairo, 48-year-old Yasser Nagi says he has waited in vain for two weeks for work on a construction site so he can feed his family.

Baghdad's booksellers won't let coronavirus close them down

10 Mar 2020

BAGHDAD They survived censorship under Saddam Hussein and the years of violence that followed his downfall, so the booksellers of Baghdad are not too worried by coronavirus.

Coronavirus and protests wreck Iraq's pilgrimage industry

05 Mar 2020

NAJAF, Iraq Iraqi hotel manager Badr al-Jilawi needs to think for a moment to remember when the last guest checked in to visit the holy Shi'ite Muslim city of Najaf, once a prime destination for millions of pilgrims.

Iraq power vacuum: acting PM steps aside after designated successor quits

02 Mar 2020

BAGHDAD Iraq's acting prime minister said on Monday he was standing down from most of his duties and called for early elections, one day after the man who had been designated to become premier withdrew his candidacy.

Iraq power vacuum deepens after PM-designate quits

02 Mar 2020

BAGHDAD, March 2 A power vacuum has deepened in Iraq after plans for a new prime minister collapsed, further complicating the country's faltering efforts to deal with mass unrest, a reawakening Islamic State and a spreading coronavirus infection.

Iraqi prime minister candidate Allawi quits as vacuum looms

01 Mar 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi withdrew his candidacy for the post on Sunday, accusing political parties of obstructing him, deepening a domestic crisis and threatening an unprecedented power vacuum.

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