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Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 1 mln; Turkey reports 32,381 new cases

The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, crossed the threshold of 1 million on Thursday. Meanwhile, Turkey reported 32,381 cases, including 6,511 symptomatic patients, for the past 24 hours.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/4 15:17:32

UN chief launches plan to revitalize Beirut

Against the "grim background" of tragic explosions that destroyed much of central Beirut in early August, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday offered a new multi-agency plan to help the Lebanese people move forward.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/3 9:42:13

Israeli coalition government inches toward dissolution

Israel's precarious coalition government was set to move closer toward collapse on Wednesday with lawmakers expected to approve a preliminary measure to dissolve parliament, raising prospects of elections in 2021.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/2 17:13:42

Iran buries nuclear scientist

Iran was on Monday laying to rest one of its top nuclear scientists, as the Islamic republic weighed how and when to retaliate for an assassination pinned on arch-foe Israel.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/30 16:23:41

Israeli cabinet approves aviation, science cooperation deals with UAE

Israel's cabinet ratified on Sunday two deals to promote aviation and science cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following a recently-signed normalization accord.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/30 14:23:35

Restrictions on IAEA inspections in Iran require approval of "higher authorities": official

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said on Sunday that any restrictions on the international monitoring of Iran's nuclear program require the approval of "higher instances."
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/30 9:09:40

Iran accuses Israel of assassination

Iran's president on Saturday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a US “mercenary” and seeking to create chaos, vowing Tehran would avenge the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/29 16:53:40

Australian PM calls for top army officers to share blame for Afghan war crimes

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for senior defence force officers to be held accountable for war crimes allegedly committed by soldiers in Afghanistan.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/29 10:02:04

UN calls for avoiding escalation in Mideast following assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist

A United Nations spokesman on Friday called for exercising restraint and avoiding escalation in the Middle East region following the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/29 9:54:40

Yemen launches door-to-door polio immunization for over 4 mln children

Yemen's health authorities on Saturday launched a polio vaccination campaign for more than 4 million children in the north of the war-torn country.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/29 9:35:27

UN calls for restraint to avoid escalation in Mideast following assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist

A United Nations (UN) spokesman on Friday called for exercising restraint and avoiding escalation in the Middle East region following the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/28 12:01:29

Syrian army says Israel hit southern Damascus

The Syrian army said early Wednesday that Israel launched air strikes on an area in the southern outskirts of Damascus, where military defectors believe has a strong Iranian military presence in the second such attack within a week.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/25 21:13:41

Jordan King holds phone call with Biden over bilateral ties

King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday held a phone call with U.S. "President-elect" Joe Biden to discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a statement by the Royal Court.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/24 13:56:37

Netanyahu urges no return to Iran nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an apparent message to US President-elect Joe Biden, said on Sunday there should be no return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abandoned by President Donald Trump.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/23 18:28:40

Houthis say they bombed Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi group on Monday said it fired a missile at a distribution station operated by the Saudi Aramco oil company in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah and struck it.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/23 17:33:41

G20 Riyadh Summit reaffirms spirit of cooperation: Saudi king

The Group of 20 (G20) Saudi Arabia's Presidency said on Sunday the G20 Riyadh Summit reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation, which has always been the cornerstone of the G20 successes.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/23 14:48:53

Israel approves visa exemption deal with UAE

Israel's cabinet ratified on Sunday a mutual visa exemption deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/23 14:40:55

Iran urges removal of western sanctions on Syria

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged western countries to lift sanctions against Syria, Press TV reported on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/23 10:15:07