Iran, Russia discuss producing COVID-19 vaccine

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has been in talks over manufacturing the vaccine with Iran and a number of other countries.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Sep 25, 2020
al-monitor A nurse prepares to inoculate a volunteer with Russia's new coronavirus vaccine in a post-registration trials at a clinic in Moscow on Sept. 10, 2020. Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images.

Egyptians turn to Bitcoin amid coronavirus crisis

Soaring prices of cryptocurrencies, most notably Bitcoin, are tempting many unemployed Egyptians seeking to achieve quick gains, amid fears of Bitcoin being exploited to finance terrorism or illegal trade.

David Awad | Banking and Finance | Sep 25, 2020

Alliance between Netanyahu and ultra-Orthodox survives coronavirus crisis, emerges stronger

The historic alliance between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox parties faced several obstacles throughout the coronavirus, but it is now strengthening.

Mazal Mualem | Coronavirus | Sep 24, 2020

Israeli-Arab town operates its own anti-corona plan

The Israeli-Arab town of Kafr Qasim has managed to lower the number of coronavirus infections, but some residents warn that celebration is premature.

Afif Abu Much | Coronavirus | Sep 24, 2020

Saudi Arabia to allow limited umrah pilgrimage beginning Oct. 4

After a seven-month suspension, Saudi Arabia will allow Muslim pilgrims to perform umrah in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Sep 23, 2020