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Coronavirus: the fear of contagion rises in Iran

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Also known as COVID-19, coronavirus is dominating headlines across the globe. And it's no different in the Middle East, where Iran has become the focal point of the epidemic. Inside the Islamic Republic, death toll rates are misleading. It is clear however, that the holy city of Qom is the epicentre of the outbreak. Now, while Iranian authorities have been implementing measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus, some have slammed various local media outlets for misinforming.

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One social media campaign wants to change that. At the helm of that initiative: Yasaman Hejazi. She is a sports entrepreneur, and she joins us from Tehran.

Next, we turn our attention to Egypt, where former president Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91. He ruled the country with an iron fist for 3 decades, before he was overthrown by a popular uprising in 2011. We take a look back at his life.

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