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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region which generally includes Western Asia, all of Egypt and Turkey The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The broader concept of the "Greater Middle East" also adds the Maghreb, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and sometimes even Transcaucasia and Central Asia into the region. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions.

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Europe's tourist trade flickers back to life [Video]

Europe's tourist trade flickers back to life

Tourist sites and businesses around Europe and the Middle East are opening up again. How many tourists will turn up though, remains very uncertain. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Without tourists, Europe's luxury stores struggle [Video]

Without tourists, Europe's luxury stores struggle

Europe's luxury stores are opening again, but with few tourists around many find they aren't busy. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published
How are Middle East celebrities driving digital solidarity amid COVID-19? [Video]

How are Middle East celebrities driving digital solidarity amid COVID-19?

How are Middle East celebrities driving digital solidarity amid COVID-19?

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:18Published
Iran's Supreme Leader: Americans To Be Expelled From Iraq, Syria [Video]

Iran's Supreme Leader: Americans To Be Expelled From Iraq, Syria

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Americans are to be expelled from Iraq and Syria. Khamenei said Americans’ actions in the region had led to them being hated. The..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published
D-Day hero, 99, calls on public to clap for veterans on VE Day [Video]

D-Day hero, 99, calls on public to clap for veterans on VE Day

99-year-old who was one of thousands of brave men who landed on French beaches on D-Day is calling on the public to clap for veterans on VE Day. Stanley Northeast was with the RAF, attached to 6074..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:32Published
UN, EU warn Israel against West Bank annexation [Video]

UN, EU warn Israel against West Bank annexation

UN's Middle East envoy says move would be 'devastating' to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published
'This virus makes it a double burden' for children in Libya, Yemen and Syria [Video]

'This virus makes it a double burden' for children in Libya, Yemen and Syria

The UN children's agency has called for an extra €85 million to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa. Euronews spoke to Juliette Touma, the Regional Chief of..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:52Published
Coronavirus: Middle East faces uncertainty amid armed conflicts [Video]

Coronavirus: Middle East faces uncertainty amid armed conflicts

Regional governments have imposed restrictions, curfews or border closures, but the effectiveness is yet to be seen.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published
Activist Kerry Kennedy says the Middle East region is in transition [Video]

Activist Kerry Kennedy says the Middle East region is in transition

With an uncle who served as a President of the United States, and a father who ran for office, human rights activist Kerry Kennedy has a unique perspective on the state of politics and a free press in..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:00Published

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