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Israel, Bahrain reach agreement to formalize diplomatic relations

Israel and Bahrain cemented a deal officially establishing relations and signed seven memorandums of understanding Sunday, further opening up the wealthy Gulf region to the Jewish state.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/19 17:33:41

UN chief condemns attack on Afghan provincial police headquarters

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday strongly condemned the day's indiscriminate attack on a provincial police headquarters in Afghanistan's province of Ghor.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/19 13:54:30

UN arms embargo lifted: Iran

A longstanding UN embargo on arms sales to and from Iran expired early Sunday in line with a 2015 landmark nuclear deal, the Iranian foreign ministry said.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/18 15:33:40

UN pays tribute to late Kuwaiti leader Sheikh Sabah

The United Nations on Tuesday paid tribute to the late Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who passed away on Sept. 29 at the age of 91.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/14 10:41:02

Israel allows Ethiopian jews to immigrate

Israel's government on Monday approved immigration plans for 2,000 Ethiopians whose desire to move to the Jewish state has stirred controversy and faced extended delays.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/13 17:33:41

Gaza installs China-funded solar energy panels for children's hospital amid severe power shortage

A Palestinian charity signed on Monday a deal with the Gaza Health Ministry to supply and install China-funded solar energy panels for a children's hospital in Gaza city.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/13 11:05:18

UN, partners plan aid for 25,000 people displaced by wildfires in Syria

The United Nations and humanitarian partners are coordinating with authorities in Syria to develop a contingency response plan after wildfires have killed three people and hospitalized 79 others, a UN spokesman said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/13 10:29:39

Raging fires in Syria, Lebanon under control

Dozens of fires that ravaged parts of Syria and Lebanon in recent days were brought under control on Sunday, authorities in the two countries said.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/12 17:33:42

Serbian army holds live-fire drill

The Serbian army held a large live-fire tactical exercise on Saturday at the Pester plateau in southwestern Serbia, with a focus on close air support.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/11 18:44:48

China, UAE to jointly seek new progress in strengthening comprehensive strategic partnership: senior Chinese diplomat

China will work together with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to seek new progress in deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership, visiting senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi said on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/11 7:54:54

Feature: Youth initiative protects Palestinian farmers from settlers' attacks amid olive harvest season

In the early hours of every morning during the current harvest season of olives, about 100 young Palestinians gather in the West Bank village of Burin to help Palestinian farmers reap their olives while protecting them from possible attacks by Jewish settlers.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/10 19:17:40

COVID-19 cases in Iran increase to 475,674 as Israel decides no change of lockdown amid coronavirus surge

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 475,674 in Iran on Monday. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out the possibility of changing the anti-coronavirus restrictions until next Monday amid a coronavirus resurgence.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/6 10:29:17

Afghan president leaves for Kuwait, Qatar for official visit

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday left Kabul for Kuwait and Qatar for an official visit, the Presidential Palace said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/6 9:11:04

Three scientists awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice "for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus", the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet announced on Monday in Stockholm, Sweden.
Source: CGTN | 2020/10/5 17:39:42

UN plane brings Yemeni civilian patients home from Jordan

A UN plane brought Yemeni civilian patients to the Houthi militia-held capital Sanaa in Yemen on Sunday after they were airlifted earlier this year to Jordan to undergo treatment for critical illness.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/5 7:30:25

There is no "snapback" over Iran sanctions: Security Council president

The "snapback" mechanism on sanctions against Iran has not been invoked, contrary to a U.S. claim, said Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, in his capacity as president of the Security Council for the month of October.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/2 8:14:00

Damascus int'l airport reopens after months of closure

Damascus International Airport reopened for commercial flights on Thursday after months of closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/2 7:53:55

G20 summit to go virtual, be chaired by King Salman on November 21-22

Saudi Arabia said Monday it will hold the G20 summit virtually in November, instead of having leaders of the world's richest nations converge on Riyadh as planned before the coronavirus crisis.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/28 19:18:40