Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 8

TEHRAN -- Iran on Thursday reported 4,392 new COVID-19 cases, the new highest single-day increase since the outbreak, raising the total confirmed number in the country to 488,236.

In addition, 230 deaths from coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,888, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ANKARA -- Turkey announced 1,615 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 330,753.

In addition, 58 people died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 8,667, while 1,398 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 290,352, according to the Turkish Health Ministry. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti National Assembly (parliament) approved Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as Crown Prince, Kuwait News Agency said Thursday.

A day earlier, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah named Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the Crown Prince of Kuwait, according to Amiri Diwan, which serves as the royal palace of the Kuwaiti emir. (Kuwait-Crown Prince-Approval)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's Supreme Council of Culture held late on Wednesday a seminar to celebrate the cultural exchange between Egypt and China.

Dubbed "Egypt and China," the seminar was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang, and Hesham Azmy, head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture, as well as Magdy Amer, a former Egyptian ambassador to China, and a number of other officials from the two countries. (Egypt-China-Culture Exchange)

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