Fri, 30 Oct 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran reported 3,362 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total confirmed number in the country to 446,448.

The pandemic has so far claimed 25,589 lives in Iran, up by 195 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel decided to halt on Sunday afternoon the marking of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, under a nationwide lockdown to battle the resurgence of COVID-19.

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, began on Sunday at dusk and will end on Monday at nightfall. (Israel-Jewish-Festival)

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BEIRUT -- The first batch of 20 Chinese peacekeepers to Lebanon arrived in Beirut on Sunday for the UN mission to clean up and reconstruct the Lebanese capital after huge explosions swept through its port in early August.

The second batch of 21 peacekeepers from China's 19th batch of peacekeeping multi-functional engineer detachment will arrive in Beirut on Tuesday. (China-Lebanon-Peacekeepers-Reconstruction)

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BAGHDAD -- The U.S. embassy in Iraq announced on Sunday that it will conduct a series of emergency tests and drills after a recent series of attacks.

"Over the course of the next two days, the U.S. embassy will be conducting a series of tests and drills of our emergency procedures and equipment," the embassy said in a statement. (Iraq-US Embassy-Drills)

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