Mauritania cuts ties with Qatar, Jordan to downgrade representation

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Mauritania became the latest country on Tuesday to join Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt to cut ties with Qatars. (AFP)
Updated 07 June 2017

Mauritania cuts ties with Qatar, Jordan to downgrade representation

NOUAKCHOTT/AMMAN: Mauritania on Tuesday announced that it was cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar in solidarity with its Mideastern allies.
Mauritania became the ninth country to sever ties with Qatar.
Earlier Tuesday, Jordan said it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar after examining the “cause of the crisis” between Doha and several other Arab states.
Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
The other countries that have taken similar action against Qatar are Yemen’s government, Maldives and Mauritius.


Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

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Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

  • The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees
  • It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s health ministry Thursday reported 3,841 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, a record since the first infection was registered in February.
The latest count raises total confirmed cases in Iraq to 164,277, including 5,641 deaths, according to the ministry.
The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees and overwhelmed hospitals already stretched by decades of conflict and a lack of investment.
Iraq reopened to commercial flights in late July after four months of lockdown. Earlier that month it had lifted other restrictions and reopened malls and shops.
But the number of confirmed virus cases had risen steadily until Thursday’s record tally.
It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran where total confirmed cases since February are over 300,000.