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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, Iran (transregional) and Turkey. Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan (transregional) and Pakistan are generally excluded. 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 includes the Maghreb, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, the Comoros, 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, the Middle East and Australia face a rise in cases, with some officials re-imposing curfews and restricting public gatherings
Credit: CBS News - Published 17 hours ago

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