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  • California reported 7,415 hospitalizations for COVID-19 on Saturday, surpassing the previous high of 7,170 set in July, according to data from the state. The case tally of the coronavirus in California is over 1.2 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, the state's death toll ...

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  • Russia registered 26,683 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its national total to 2,269,316, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Sunday. Meanwhile, 459 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 39,527. Moscow, the country's worst-hit region, ...

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  • 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. The government on Nov. 19 released the findings of a landmark four-year war crimes inquiry, which found "credible evidence" ...

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  • Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it will launch a national investment strategy next year, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih revealed in Riyadh at a media briefing ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders' Summit that the strategy grants full ownership ...

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  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday appointed Faisal Mekdad, the deputy foreign minister, as the new foreign minister, following the death of late Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem last Monday. Assad also named Bashar al-Jaafari, the Syrian representative to the UN, as the new deputy foreign ...

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  • Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged western countries to lift sanctions against Syria, Press TV reported on Sunday. "All unjust and illegal sanctions against the Syrian government and people must be lifted, particularly under the current conditions caused by the coronavirus ...

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  • Sudan has decided not to participate in a ministerial meeting slated for Saturday regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). "Sudan has decided not to participate in the ministerial meeting regarding the GERD, which was scheduled to be convened on Saturday afternoon," said Sudan's ...

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  • The foreign affairs ministers of the European Union (EU) member states consider that with its behavior Turkey is "widening its separation from the EU," the bloc's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said here on Thursday. "In order to return to a positive ...

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  • Iran's Foreign Ministry on Friday urged France, Germany and Britain, the three European signatories to the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal, to implement their commitments to protecting Iran's nuclear rights enshrined under the pact. France, Germany and Britain, also known as E3 with reference to the ...

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  • Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reaffirmed the government's commitment to protecting rights of the children in the country, noting that children are the most precious resource of any nation. "The government of Pakistan is fully cognizant to its responsibilities towards our children, ...

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  •  Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday that the Afghan peace process has moved to a final phase. Qureshi made the remarks in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, amid reports that the Taliban group and an Afghan government negotiation team have ...

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  • Sri Lanka will work together with China to promote the Belt and Road construction, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said, according to a statement from the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka. China's new ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong presented his credentials to Rajapaksa on ...

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  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Friday launched a Post-2020 Vision, the bloc's new long-term blueprint for future cooperation following a virtual APEC leaders' meeting hosted by Malaysia. The "APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040", named after Malaysia's administration center of Putrajaya, ...

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  • LONDON - The British economy recorded a robust rebound in the third quarter (Q3) 2020 as the government eased lockdown measures, following a steep contraction in the second quarter (Q2), said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Data revealed that the country’s gross domestic product ...

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  •  The Punjab Healthcare Commission has directed hospitals, all kinds of healthcare establishments and laboratories to make payments for the PHC through banking instruments forthe selected banks of the Commission.  According to a press release issued here on Friday, all the HCEs have been ...

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  • Iran's UN ambassador urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to adopt an "unbiased" approach towards the nuclear programs in Saudi Arabia and Israel, Press TV reported on Thursday. It is "of utmost importance" for the IAEA to consider "available information" on Riyadh's nuclear ...

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  • Jordanians will head to polls for the country's 19th parliamentary elections on Tuesday amid a spike of COVID-19 infections, coupled with high unemployment and economic slowdowns. Under the stress of more than 3,000 daily new coronavirus cases, Jordan's Independent Election Commission recently ...

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  •  Iran started drilling operations on Phase 11 of the South Pars gas field in southern Iran after years of delay, semi official SHANA news agency reported. The aim is "to achieve a daily production capacity of 1 billion cubic feet of sour gas from the phase," said Mohsen Rezaei, caretaker of ...

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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to participate in the 20th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which will be hosted on Tuesday via video link, the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said on Monday. The invitation to the Pakistani prime ...

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  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday made a big change in the military service law, mainly for Syrian expatriates, the state news agency SANA reported. The new amendment to the law is mainly about setting military service exemption fees for Syrians living abroad and for one category of ...

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  •  Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday called for cessation of the U.S. economic pressures against the country. The U.S. administration "must make up for its past measures and stop its economic war against the Islamic Republic," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told Iran's ...

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  •  Uncounted ballots in several "battleground states" by Wednesday morning have left open the question of who will be America's next president. As of 9:30 a.m. ET (1430 GMT), sitting President and Republican nominee Donald Trump was projected by U.S. media to take in 213 electoral votes, ...

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  • Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly arrived in Baghdad on an official visit on Saturday to hold talks with Iraqi leaders and sign a number of memorandums of understanding to enhance cooperation between Baghdad and Cairo. Madbouly, heading a high-level delegation, arrived in Baghdad airport ...

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  • U.S. economic activity in the third quarter grew at an annual rate of 33.1 percent after a sharp contraction in the previous quarter, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday. The rebound came after the economy plunged at a revised annual rate of 31.4 percent in the second quarter amid ...

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  •  India's COVID-19 tally on Thursday surpassed the 8-million mark, reaching 8,040,203, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry. As many as 49,881 new COVID-19 cases were registered across the country over the past 24 hours. With 517 deaths since Wednesday morning, ...

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  • GENEVA-A United Nations report on Wednesday forecast a 7 per cent to 9 per cent year-on-year drop in the value of global trade in 2020, despite signs of a weak rebound in the third quarter led by a re­covery in China. In the latest quarterly re­port of the United Nations Conference on Trade ...

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  • France reported 32,427 COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, a new high of daily tally, according to the data released by the Public Health Agency on Saturday. The previous daily record, at 30,621 cases, was set on Thursday. The total number of infections since the outbreak of the epidemic now ...

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  • China has made it clear that it is willing to make efforts within its capacity in vaccine development, and give priority to the needs of developing countries including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said ...

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  • Health workers celebrate the closure of a temporary hospital at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, Oct. 15, 2020. The temporary hospital is closed on Thursday. Since its establishment on May. 22, the hospital has received more than 1,800 COVID-19 patients.

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  • Turkey has put the second phase of in-person education in motion on Monday, extending it to all grades of elementary schools, as well as eighth and 12th graders. After months of uncertainty amid the coronavirus outbreak, schools across Turkey had partially reopened in September, with kindergarten ...

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