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Three US troops wounded in rocket attacks on Iraq's Taji base

Three American troops and several Iraqi forces were wounded on Saturday in the second major rocket attack in the past week on an Iraqi base north of Baghdad, US and Iraqi officials said, raising the stakes in an escalating cycle of attacks and reprisals.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/15 21:48:40

Netanyahu seeks cabinet approval for monitoring scheme

Israel plans to use anti-terrorism tracking technology and a partial shutdown of its economy to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/15 20:28:40

Zero infections reported among staff in Chinese-invested companies in Iran

No staff members, either Chinese or Iranian, in Chinese-invested companies in Iran have been infected with the coronavirus, as these companies adopted some of the epidemic prevention measures that have been proved effective in China, the Chinese Red Cross medical team in Iran told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/15 16:58:41

Notable infection rate among Iranian elites as the country locks down cities

Starting from Friday, a lockdown has been enforced in Iran to curb the COVID-19 outbreak as the confirmed cases continue to soar, which has notably affected the elite group in the country.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/14 23:40:31

Iran agrees to hand over downed jet's black boxes

Iran pledged Wednesday at a meeting of UN civil aviation agency to hand over black boxes from downed Flight 752 to Ukraine or France for analysis – a move welcomed by Canada and Ukraine.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/12 19:33:40

Iraqi leaders, UN condemn deadly attack on coalition troops north of Baghdad

Top Iraqi politicians joined the United Nations Thursday in condemning a rocket attack north of Baghdad that killed a British soldier and two Americans and threatened a new escalation.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/12 19:28:40

Iran's first Vice President tested positive for COVID19: Iranian media

Iran's first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has been tested positive for COVID-19, Iran's Fars news agency reported Wed.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/11 23:54:03

5,000 Taliban troops to be freed if violence eases

The Afghan government will gradually release 5,000 Taliban prisoners starting this week if the insurgents significantly reduce violence, President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman said early Wednesday, seeking to resolve a dispute that has delayed peace talks between the militants and Kabul.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/11 21:33:40

Saudi Aramco plans to hike crude oil output, escalating price war

Energy titan Saudi Aramco said Tuesday it will boost its supply of crude oil to 12.3 million barrels per day (bpd) in April, flooding markets as it escalates a price war with Russia.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/10 23:28:40

US starts Afghan withdrawal

American forces have started pulling out of two bases in Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday, the day peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban were due to start despite widespread violence and a political crisis.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/10 19:53:40

To leave Iran, S.Korea or not

Another country that concerns people is Iran. An imported case from Iran was detected in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region as early as February 26. On Thursday, 11 new imported cases from Iran were confirmed in Gansu Province and one was reported in Shanghai.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/6 20:53:32

Afghanistan receives testing kits for COVID-19

The war-ravaged Afghanistan has received testing kits for COVID-19 from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) confirmed on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/6 15:13:30

US unfazed by Taliban attacks

The Pentagon on Wednesday played down the gravity of new Taliban attack in Afghanistan that cast doubts on a four-day old peace deal between the insurgent group and the US.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/5 20:03:40

Taliban attack kills 4 Afghan police in northern Kunduz province

Four Afghan police were killed after the Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint in Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province on Thursday, head of the provincial council Mohammad Yusuf Ayubi said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/5 15:30:09

Egyptian experts laud China's efforts in fighting coronavirus

Egyptian experts have applauded China's all-out efforts in combating the novel coronavirus, as well as its transparency and credibility in dealing with the epidemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/5 14:46:45

EU backs Greece and rejects Turkish 'use of migrants'

EU members on Wednesday rejected what they said is Turkey's use of desperate migrants to pressure its neighbors – and strongly backed Greece's border crackdown.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/5 21:18:42

Iraq confirms 5 new cases of COVID-19

The Iraqi Health Ministry on Tuesday announced five more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 31.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/4 15:54:42

Chinese medical team in Iran sets excellent example of experience sharing

Chinese medical team in Iran sets "an excellent example of 'peer to peer' experience sharing," a World Health Organization (WHO) senior expert said here on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/4 14:47:32