Iranian Soldier Killed After Being Shot On Iran-Iraq Border

TEHRAN– One Iranian soldier was killed, in Iran’s north-western West Azerbaijan province, during a border patrol, a semi-official website reported yesterday.   Conscript serviceman, Reza Hedayati, was hit by a bullet fire on Friday morning, around Mount Bolfat, an area “used as a transit point by terrorists,” Jame Jam Online, which is affiliated with state […]

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Indian Capital On Alert As Zika Virus Cases Rise In Neighbouring Uttar Pradesh

NEW DELHI– Authorities in the Indian capital region yesterday said, they were on alert in wake of a spike in Zika virus cases, in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh.   Yesterday, 13 new cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district, which took the case tally to 79 in the state, during the past […]

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6.2-Magnitude Quake Hits Eastern Indonesia, No Casualty Reported

JAKARTA– A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off North Sulawesi province, in the eastern part of Indonesia, yesterday, but no preliminary report on damages or casualty was issued, an agency and a disaster official said.   The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, did not issue any tsunami warning, as the quake did not potentially trigger giant waves. […]

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Re-Elected Uzbek President Unveils Priority Tasks For Country

TASHKENT– Uzbekistan’s re-elected President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was sworn-in at a joint meeting of both chambers of parliament here yesterday, and unveiled a new development strategy, prioritising seven directions to continue his reform agenda.   The development of a free civil society, and large-scale reforms, aimed at ensuring human dignity and its legitimate interests will be […]

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Maldives Inaugurates Chinese-Built Apron At Velena Int’l Airport

MALE– A new expanded west apron, at the Velena International Airport (VIA) in Maldives, has been officially inaugurated, general contractor, Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG), said.   The expanded apron covers an area of 35,000 square metres and is part of the VIA development project. It was built by BUCG to international standards and can […]

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25 Daesh Militants Surrender In E. Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan– A total of 25 militants, affiliated with the hardliner Daesh group, laid down their arms and surrendered to authorities in Jalalabad yesterday, head of the intelligence agency, in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, said.   The former militants were active in Spinghar, Pachiragam and Batikot districts, and the security forces would further stabilise the […]

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Fire Kills 10, Injures Seven In West India’s Hospital

MUMBAI– At least 10 people were killed and seven others critically injured, after a major fire broke out at a ward, dedicated for COVID-19 patients, in a hospital in India’s western state of Maharashtra yesterday.   Rajendra Bhosale, district collector of Ahmednagar, 255 km from Mumbai in Maharashtra, confirmed that 10 people had died in […]

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