Fri, 23 Oct 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran reported 3,605 new COVID-19 patients overnight, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 432,798 on Wednesday, according to Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

The pandemic has so far claimed 24,840 lives in Iran, up by 184 in the past 24 hours, Lari said during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the northwestern province of Bursa, local media reported.

Counter-terrorism units and gendarmerie forces launched simultaneous operations in the rural areas of the province to capture the suspects, the state-run Anadolu agency reported. (Turkey-IS-Operation)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to the Jordanian capital Amman on Wednesday to participate in a quartet meeting to be held on Thursday among the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Germany and France over the developments of the Palestinian cause, said the Egyptian foreign ministry.

"The quartet ministerial meeting will focus on exchanging views on the current status of the Middle East peace process and its repercussions, and the means to advance the resumption of the peace process," Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement. (Egypt-FM-Jordan-Germany-France-Palestine)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli archaeologists have discovered an entire inkwell dating to about 2,000 years ago, the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank (ICA) said Wednesday.

The inkwell was found in an archaeological site near the Jewish settlements cluster of Gush Etzion. (Israel-Inkwall)

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