Khamenei’s Military Adviser Runs for Iranian Presidential Elections

A military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has officially announced running for the presidential elections, scheduled for June 2021. Iranian news agencies circulated on Tuesday a video recording in which Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, a commander in Iran’s Revolution

Iran Records Highest Daily Coronavirus Infections of 13,843

Iran registered on Wednesday a daily record high of 13,843 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said, pushing the national tally to 894,385 in the region’s worst-hit country. Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that the death toll rose by 469 in the past 24 hour

Iran Says to Use Both Local and Foreign COVID-19 Vaccines

Iran plans to use foreign coronavirus vaccines while also developing its own, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday as new daily cases hit a record high in the region’s worst-hit country. “Relying on its scientists, Iran will be able to make vaccines domestically... To ensure the h

Pakistan announces closure of educational institutions from Nov.26 amid virus surge

All educational institutions will be closed from November 26 till January 10 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases. This was decided at an education ministers’ conference. Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood was addressing a press conference at the National Operations and Com

Iran turns to Hezbollah to calm armed factions in Iraq

The Commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Ismail Qaani, is reported to have visited the Lebanese capital Beirut where he met with the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah in a bid to convince pro-Iran armed factions in Iraq not to launch further attack

OIC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Jeddah

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned on Monday the “cowardly terrorist” attack against a petroleum products distribution station in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah city. In a statement, it expressed its solidarity with the Kingdom in all the measures it takes to confront such

Turkey's Daily COVID-19 Deaths Hit Record 153 as People Deal with New Curbs

Turkey's daily coronavirus death toll reached a record 153 on Monday, according to the Health Ministry, as citizens adapted to new nationwide curbs and weekend curfews following a rise in infections in recent weeks. Under the new measures announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the

Indonesia Virus Cases Pass Half Million Mark

Indonesia’s coronavirus caseload has surpassed the half million mark, with 4,442 new infections reported on Monday, data from the country’s health ministry showed. Southeast Asia’s biggest and most populous country has the region’s highest number of COVID-19 cases and deat

Turkey Bolsters Idlib Observation Posts

Turkey dispatched its largest military reinforcements to Syria's Idlib during the past months amid heavy strikes that targeted the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in Ain Issa. Since February, the number of military vehicles that arrived in the de-escalation zone rose to more than 10,835

Turkey deported nearly 9,000 foreign terrorists

Turkey has deported nearly 9,000 foreign terrorists so far, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Group of 20 Summit on Sunday. “Although we were left alone, we have nabbed nearly 9,000 foreign terrorist fighters and sent them back to their countries,” Erdogan said at the virtually

Iran’s foreign minister meets UN Syria envoy

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Sunday met with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in the capital Tehran. In a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Zarif and Pedersen discussed the political process and recent developments in Syria. During the meeting, Zarif urged

Earthquake strikes south of Iran

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit south of Iran on Sunday at 8:13 am, reported the National Centre of Meteorology. In the statement, it added that the earthquake was of 10km depth. According to the centre, "this is a natural activity on the borders of the Arabian plate in the south part of Iran alo

Iran vows to crush any Israeli attempt to hit its "advisory" role in Syria

Iran on Sunday vowed to defeat any Israeli attempt to harm its role in Syria, saying the era of "hit and run" attacks by Israel there was over, days after Israel carried out airstrikes on the Syrian army and Iranian paramilitary targets in the country, Reuters reports. Israel, which vie

At least three dead as barrage of rocket fire hits Kabul

At least three people were killed Saturday when a barrage of rockets struck densely populated parts of Kabul, officials said, marking the latest attack in an ongoing wave of violence sweeping the Afghan capital.The salvo slammed into various parts of central and north Kabul — including near

Iran's deputy health minister resigns amid virus surge

Iran's deputy health minister resigned Friday amid a spike in the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country, according to Iranian media. Reza Malekzadeh accused Health Minister Saeed Namaki of mismanaging the pandemic and causing many casualties, the semi-official ISNA&

Iran tightens COVID-19 restrictions, but some streets still busy

Iran introduced tougher restrictions on Saturday to stem a third wave of coronavirus infections, including closing non-essential businesses and travel curbs, but state media reported widespread flouting of the rules. "Tehran streets are crowded despite the restrictions," state TV said on Saturday

Turkey: 20,000 Turks volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine

About 20,000 volunteers applied for the Chinese coronavirus vaccine Friday in Turkey. Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the vaccine has been initially tested on health workers since Sept. 15 but citizen volunteers are needed for tests to continue. “We announced that we seek volun

Turkish president, Saudi king discuss ties via phone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz discussed relations between their countries in a telephone conversation late Friday. Erdogan and Salman agreed to improve ties and keep a dialogue channel open to resolve issues, according to a statement by the Turkish Pre

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