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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 9

10 Jun 2021, 07:05 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- The past five rounds of the Vienna talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal led to an agreement over the removal of some 1,000 U.S. sanctions on Iran, but about 500 others are still in dispute, parliamentary sources were quoted as saying by semi-official Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday.

The figure was offered by the head of the Iranian negotiating team, Abbas Araqchi, in a meeting in the afternoon with the Iranian parliament's Foreign Policy Committee, said Ebrahim Azizi, a member of the committee. (Iran-U.S.-Nuclear Talks)


CAIRO -- Six people were killed and seven others wounded on Wednesday when a microbus collided with a truck on a highway near Egypt's capital Cairo, state-run Nile TV reported.

The truck driver lost control of the wheel at high speed on the highway connecting Cairo and Alexandria, according to Nile TV. (Egypt-Road-Accident)


BEIRUT -- Caretaker Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan opened on Wednesday the country's biggest center for COVID-19 vaccination under the supervision of the Lebanese Red Cross, the National News Agency reported.

"This initiative will encourage citizens to be vaccinated far from the atmosphere of hospitals and medical centers but it is a safe place in the presence of doctors and the Red Cross," Hassan said during the opening. (Lebanon-COVID19-Vaccination)


ANKARA -- Turkey on Wednesday confirmed 6,454 new COVID-19 cases, including 558 symptomatic patients, raising the total number of cases in the country to 5,306,690, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 87 to 48,428, while the total recoveries climbed to 5,179,833 after 6,647 more people recovered in the last 24 hours.

Turkey started mass COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine. More than 18,362,000 people have been vaccinated so far. (Turkey-COVID19)

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