Wed, 21 Apr 2021

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for enhancing security and stability of the region.

A statement by al-Kadhimi media office said al-Kadhimi received a phone call from Rouhani, in which they discussed means to develop bilateral relations at various levels and praised the efforts to enhance security and stability of the region. (Iran-Iraq)

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Saturday reported 11,770 new COVID-19 cases, including 702 symptomatic patients, as the total number of positive cases in the country reached 2,769,230, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 64 to 28,965, while the total recoveries climbed to 2,616,139 after 7,291 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 3,262 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 799,727.

The death toll from the COVID-19 in Israel reached 5,856 after 22 new fatalities were added, while the number of patients in serious condition increased from 690 to 710, out of 1,095 hospitalized patients. (Israel-COVID19)

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CAIRO -- Twenty people were killed and five were injured when a microbus and a truck collided on Egypt's El-Kureimat highway in Giza Province near the capital Cairo, official Ahram Online reported on Saturday.

The truck's tire exploded, leading it to crash into the microbus that was travelling in the opposite direction, the state-run news website quoted a Health Ministry official as saying. (Egypt-Road accident)

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