Sat, 23 Jan 2021

BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Monday recorded 3,484 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease, while an Iraqi health official said that Iraq is communicating with advanced companies producing coronavirus vaccines.

The new cases brought the total nationwide infections to 153,599, as the ministry's health teams and institutions have used 19,663 testing kits across the country during the day, raising the total testing kits used so far to 1,165,049, the ministry said in a statement. (Iraq-COVID19)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday announced the resignation of his government, after deadly explosions in capital Beirut that have triggered anti-government protests.

Diab said the government has decided to resign to stand by Lebanese who are demanding for a real change. (Lebanon-Cabinet)

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RAMALLAH -- Senior Palestinian officials accused Israel on Monday that it carries out "smoothly" the annexation of the West Bank lands under the pretext of military training.

Sabri Saidam, a member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement's Central Committee, told reporters in Ramallah that Israel is proceeding with its annexation plan through political and military maneuvers. (Israel-West Bank-Annexation)

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ANKARA -- Turkey's economy has been recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

"Thanks to the measures we have taken, our experience in the fight against such shocks, our strong health infrastructure and steps to increase the resilience of our economy, out economy has quickly recovered," Erdogan said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting. (Turkey-COVID19-Economy)

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