Thu, 19 May 2022

CAIRO -- China's biopharmaceutical company Sinovac has signed a cooperation agreement with Egypt's Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) to establish a cold storage facility for vaccine storage and preservation in Egypt, said the Chinese Embassy in Egypt on Wednesday.

The agreement was signed between the two companies via both a video conference and an offline ceremony attended by Egyptian Acting Health Minister and Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang at the Egyptian Health Ministry's headquarters in Cairo. (Egypt-China-Vaccine)

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ANKARA -- Turkish transport and infrastructure ministry announced on Wednesday that Turkey and Armenia will launch mutual charter flights between Istanbul and Yerevan on Feb. 2, as part of the normalization efforts between the two neighbors.

Turkish General Directorate of Civil Aviation has authorized Turkey's private carrier Pegasus to launch flights to Yerevan three times a week, while FlyOne Armenia airline will run reciprocal flights to Istanbul, the ministry said in a statement. (Turkey-Armenia-Flight)

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BEIRUT -- A snowstorm hit parts of Lebanon early Wednesday, hampering economic activity and forcing school closures across the country, the state-owned National News Agency reported.

Accompanied by strong winds and rain, the snowstorm, dubbed "Hiba," shut down roads in parts of Lebanon in the early morning hours, prompting the government to use bulldozers to remove snow from the main roads. (Lebanon-Snowstorm)

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BAGHDAD -- Unidentified gunmen attacked on Wednesday the office of Shakhwan Abdullah, the second deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, a local police source said.

The incident took place in the evening when gunmen threw a hand grenade at Abdullah's office in the Rahim Awa neighborhood in central Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Bagdad, Major Ihsan al-Obaidi, from Kirkuk police, told Xinhua. (Iraq-Speaker-Attack)

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