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UN: Pandemic tough on millions of Mideast, NAfrican children

World
The U.N. children's agency says the global pandemic and ensuing lockdown have taken their toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of kids in the Middle East and North AfricaBy NOHA ELHENNAWY Associated PressNovember 20, 2020, 10:13 AM• 3 min readCAIRO -- The global pandemic and ensuing lockdown have taken their toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of kids in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.In a survey of more than 7,000 households in seven countries in the region covering 13,000 children, UNICEF found that more than 90% of respondents believe the coronavirus pandemic has affected their children negatively.“Restrictions on movement and closure of schools had a severe impact on children’s daily routines, their social i
New coronavirus threatens both rich, poor across Mideast

New coronavirus threatens both rich, poor across Mideast

World
The new coronavirus is continuing its spread across some of the most-vulnerable nations of the Middle East and as the International Monetary Fund warns that a lack of medical supplies in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen could lead to a surge in pricesBy JON GAMBRELL Associated PressMarch 24, 2020, 10:04 AM4 min readDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The new coronavirus continued its spread across some of the most-vulnerable nations of the Mideast on Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund warned that a lack of medical supplies in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen could lead to a surge in prices. There are over 31,000 confirmed cases of the virus across the Mideast, the vast majority in the hard-hit nation of Iran. While most recover from the virus and the COVID-19 illness that it causes, bottoming crude oil pri...
Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Technology
One day late last year, Qatari newspaper editor Abdullah Al-Athbah came home, removed the SIM card from his iPhone 7 and smashed it to pieces with a hammer. A source had just handed Al-Athbah a cache of emails suggesting that his phone had been targeted by hacking software made by Israel's NSO Group. He told The Associated Press he considered the phone compromised. "I feared that someone could get back into it," he said in an interview Friday. "I needed to protect my sources." Al-Athbah, who edits Qatar's Al-Arab newspaper, now has a new phone, a new SIM card and a new approach to email attachments and links. He says he never opens anything, "even from the most trusted circles in my life." Al-Athbah's discovery touched off a process that has led, months later, to parallel lawsuits filed ...
MidEast Stocks Narrowly Mixed In Low Volume as Many Markets Close for Holiday

MidEast Stocks Narrowly Mixed In Low Volume as Many Markets Close for Holiday

Finance
Shutterstock photoMiddle East shares were narrowly mixed but volume was low with markets in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Egypt closed for public holidays.Saudi Arabia's index firmed with investors hopeful the country's anti-corruption crackdown is fading. A Reuters poll of leading Middle East fund managers were on balance positive about the country and almost half plan to raise their allocations to Saudi stocks in the next three months and none to reduce.Qatar's index slipped with index compiler MSCI's planning to announce early next week whether it will switch to using offshore currency rates to value Qatari equities - a step that could potentially decrease their weightings in MSCI's emerging market index, Reuters said.In company news, Retailer United Electronics said it launched ...