Vox Cinemas Chief on ‘Tenet,’ ‘Mulan’ & Driving Audiences Back to Middle East Venues (EXCLUSIVE)

Middle East exhibitor Vox Cinemas has reopened around 71%, or 391, of its 550 screens amid the coronavirus crisis. “Tenet,” which bowed on Aug. 26 in the region, is currently playing on 209 of those screens, six of which are IMAX. On some of Vox’s multiplexes in Saudi Arabia, the Christopher Nolan blockbuster and other films are being shown 24/7,

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Former Palestine Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah dies

Shallah died two years after he slipped into a coma due to complications from heart and kidney disease. Former leader of the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ramadan Shallah, has died after a long battle with a chronic disease, the Gaza-based movement confirmed. The 62-year-old, who was in a medical coma after suffering multiple heart and kidney complications for about two years,

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Turkey's foreign minister visits Libya for talks with GNA

The front lines of the Libyan conflict have shifted in recent weeks after Ankara increased military support to the GNA. A senior Turkish delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli to hold talks with Libya’s internationally recognised government.   Cavusoglu was accompanied by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan on Wednesday.

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Yemen's Houthi rebels sentence four journalists to death

Houthis accused the four men of ‘collaborating with the enemy’, according to journalists’ lawyer. A court run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sentenced four journalists to death for “treason” and espionage, a judicial official and their lawyer have said. The four were among a group of 10 journalists who were detained by the Iran-backed rebels and accused of “collaborating with the

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Iraq denies coronavirus news report; suspends Reuters' licence

Iraq condemns UK-based news agency’s story that claimed number of new infections much higher than official figures. Iraq has revoked Reuters news agency’s reporting licence for three months after it reported the number of new coronavirus cases in the country was in the thousands, much higher than official figures. Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) condemned the reporting, calling it

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First woman to run hospital in Syria talks to Al Jazeera

Dr Amani Ballour, the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, is urging the international community to help stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib province. The first Syrian woman to run a hospital in the country and the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary is urging the international community to help stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s northwestern province Idlib. Dr Amani Ballour

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Algeria protests, politics loom over derby of Algiers

Political anthems spill out from the stands and into the streets amid Algeria’s ongoing anti-government protests. Algiers, Algeria – Derby days in Algeria’s capital are typically festive occasions. From the working class neighbourhoods of Bab El Oued and the Casbah to central Algiers, public spaces are brimming with jersey-wearing supporters of MC Alger (MCA) and USM Alger (USMA). But on Thursday, as

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Yemen's Houthis deny WFP accusations of stealing aid

Houthis say they are ‘surprised’ by accusations from UN food agency that they are stealing by diverting food deliveries. Houthi rebels have denied accusations by the World Food Programme (WFP) of stealing humanitarian aid in war-torn Yemen. The Associated Press news agency reported on Monday that armed factions on both sides of the conflict are stealing much-needed food aid, diverting

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France's Macron presses Sisi on human rights in Cairo meeting

French president says he raised the issue of human rights with his Egyptian counterpart during state visit. French President Emmanuel Macron has said that he told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a visit to Cairo that stability and security could not be separated from human rights. The two leaders met on Monday in the capital, Cairo, to oversee the signing of around

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