Fri, 05 Mar 2021

ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he did not see any side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine that he received the previous day.

Speaking to the reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan noted that he is so far feeling good and will take the second dose of the vaccine 28 days later. (Turkey-President-Vaccine)

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BEIRUT -- The Lebanese parliament passed on Friday a law that will allow the emergency use of vaccines against COVID-19, the National News Agency reported.

The parliament convened to pass the law which will allow Lebanon to pave a deal with global pharmaceutical Pfizer to acquire their COVID-19 vaccine. (Lebanon-Import-Vaccine)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree on Friday that called for holding the legislative elections in the Palestinian territories on May 22 and the presidential elections on July 31.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Abbas issued a decree that sets May 22 for holding the legislative elections, July 31 for holding the presidential elections, and Aug. 31 for the National Council elections. (Palestine-Elections-Date)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday decried the U.S. administration's decision to blacklist the Yemeni Houthi as a terrorist group.

Designating Houthis will worsen humanitarian situation in Yemen and shows "utter contempt for peace," Zarif tweeted. (Iran-Houthi-U.S.)

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