Mon, 02 Aug 2021

BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Wednesday 4,043 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of nationwide infections to 463,951.

The ministry also reported 46 new deaths and 2,929 more recovered cases in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 10,770 and the total recoveries to 391,010. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese and Israeli negotiators held on Wednesday a second round of indirect talks to demarcate their maritime border, LBCI local TV channel reported.

Lebanon's delegation was headed by Navy Colonel Mazen Basbous, who arrived by a helicopter along with other members of the delegation, holding documents and maps that show points of differences between Lebanon and Israel. (Lebanon-Israel-Maritime Border)

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TEHRAN -- Iran announced on Wednesday its highest daily figure of deaths related to the COVID-19 epidemic so far, after 415 people died in the past 24 hours, according to the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education's website.

Sima Sadat Lari said at her daily briefing 6,824 new infections were confirmed overnight, which takes the total number of cases to 588,648. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized Russia for conducting an airstrike that killed dozens of Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Idlib province of Syria.

"Russia's attack on the training center of the Syrian National Army forces in the Idlib region shows it does not want lasting peace in the region," Erdogan said addressing his lawmakers at the parliament. (Turkey-Russia)

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