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Middle East’s chronic woes exacerbate COVID impact, IMF says

Also: Israelis back Trump, Palestinians (kind of) tilt toward Biden.

Middle East lags global economic recovery

There is (finally and sort of) some positive news on the global economic front this year: The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may be slightly less horrible than what was expected in June, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). That’s in large measure due to what one IMF official referred to as a "significant upgrade" for the US economy.

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