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Iran's death toll from coronavirus surges beyond 8,600

TEHRAN  Iran on Friday confirmed 75 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 8,659. A further 2,369 people tested positive for...

Pakistan's health system braces for COVID-19 peak

KARACHI, Pakistan  With hospitals overwhelmed and a sharp rise in the number of deaths, Pakistan's delicate health system is bracing for an imminent peak of coronavirus cases. Numbers here have already...

Virus-linked deaths in South Africa near 10,000

JOHANNESBURG  With 414 new virus-linked fatalities, death toll from the novel coronavirus in South Africa is nearing the 10,000 mark, officials said Thursday. To date, the total number of COVID-19 cases...

Algeria lifts coronavirus curfew in 19 provinces

ALGIERS Algeria announced Sunday that it lifted a curfew in 19 provinces in the battle against the coronavirus. It said a second step will be taken to resume economic activities and...

No active coronavirus cases in Mauritius: Official

ANKARA Mauritius has become coronavirus-free with no active case for 15 days, the country's ministry of health has said. The Indian Ocean island nation recorded 332 coronavirus cases, 322 recoveries and...

COVID-19: Serbia lifts state of emergency, curfew

BELGRADE, Serbia  Serbia lifted a state of emergency and night curfew Wednesday as a significant number of new infections from the coronavirus declined. The decision came after lawmakers voted to lift...

All COVID-19 patients in China's Wuhan discharged

ANKARA  All coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected last December, the country's health authority said Sunday. Mi Feng,...

COVID-19: France reports 100-plus daily deaths in slight uptick

PARIS  Tuesday brought more improvement in France's battle against the coronavirus, as cases of infection dropped significantly and fatalities remained low. According to the latest statistics reported by the Health Ministry,...

Bangladesh starts releasing prisoners amid pandemic

By SM Najmus Sakib DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladesh has started releasing prisoners convicted of minor offences as a precautionary action to control infection among the overcrowded prisons in the country, said an...

Over 90% of coronavirus patients in Uzbekistan recover

NUR SULTAN, Kazakhstan More than 90% of coronavirus patients in Uzbekistan have recovered from the novel coronavirus, as the country reported 296 more recoveries on Monday. However, coronavirus cases and fatalities...

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Ex-DHS staffer says he penned anti-Trump op-ed, book

WASHINGTON  A former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staffer announced Wednesday he was behind a scathing anonymous 2018 New York Times op-ed and 2019 book...

'COVID-19 has claimed lives of at least 1,500 nurses'

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Turkey rescues over 100 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

MUGLA/AYDIN, Turkey Turkey's coast guard rescued over 100 asylum seekers pushed back to Turkish waters in the Aegean Sea by Greek coast guard boats, security...

Iranian students protest in front of French embassy

TEHRAN  Large numbers of university students gathered in front of France’s embassy in the Iranian capital Wednesday to protest against recent blasphemous remarks by French...

Barcelona stun Juventus 2-0 in Italy

ANKARA  Spanish football club Barcelona beat Italy’s Juventus 2-0 Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League Group G match in the Italian city of Turin.  French forward...