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Saudi-led coalition intercepts missiles fired by Yemen's Houthis - spokesman
CAIRO, March 29 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Sunday that the kingdom's air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night launched by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group towards Riyadh and the city of Jizan, Saudi state news agency (SPA) said citing the coalition's spokesman.
Britain, U.S. working with Saudis to repatriate citizens
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian Airlines will begin exceptional commercial flights this week to bring British nationals and their families back to the United Kingdom, and similar flights are being arranged for U.S. citizens to return home, both countries said.
Saudi Arabia extends suspension of flights, work indefinitely
RIYADH, March 29 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it was extending indefinitely the suspension of international passenger flights and workplace attendance in both public and private sectors among efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
UPDATE 1-Missiles intercepted above Saudi capital and city of Jazan -state media
RIYADH, March 28 (Reuters) - Ballistic missiles were intercepted on Saturday in the sky above Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh and the southern city of Jazan, state media reported, citing its own sources and the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
UPDATE 1-Lebanon's Berri may suspend cabinet support over coronavirus expat policy
BEIRUT, March 28 (Reuters) - Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri threatened on Saturday to suspend his support for Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government if it did not act to bring home expatriates stranded abroad during the coronavirus pandemic.
CORRECTED-47-nation Africa has 2,650 confirmed coronavirus cases, 49 deaths - WHO chief Tedros
LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - Coronavirus has now spread to dozens of the 47 countries of the WHO Africa region, with 2,650 infected and 49 dead, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.
UPDATE 2-UAE extends nightly curfew as Qatar reports first coronavirus fatality
DUBAI, March 28 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Saturday extended to April 5 a nightly curfew to sterilize public places to combat the spread of coronavirus as neighboring Qatar reported its first death from the disease.
Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed into law a $2.2 trillion aid package to help the United States cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown.
Iran to use 20% of state budget to fight coronavirus
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is to allocate 20% of its annual state budget to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the country, one of the worst-hit in the world, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.
UPDATE 4-Turkey limits transport, opposition calls for 'stay at home' order over virus
ANKARA, March 28 (Reuters) - Turkey halted inter-city trains and limited domestic flights on Saturday, as the main opposition called for a stay-at-home order after coronavirus cases surged to more than 7,000.
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