Lockdown Cairo

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As the number of Covid-19 related infections and deaths rises, so the regime continues to introduce precautionary and preventive countermeasures to try and mitigate its spread.

MENA wars in the shadow of Covid-19

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Will the global battle against coronavirus help to counter three major MENA wars? The evidence is mixed. Despite Covid-19 numbers rising dramatically in the Gulf states and elsewhere in the Middle East (with a particular concern that Egypt is both suppressing true numbers and showing itself dangerously unprepared) there is one ray of positive news. In Syria, one of the three major conflicts in the region, combatants have appeared much readier to accept a truce and to consider putting talks ahead of guns. In Libya, however, the warlord General …