Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 25

By Liu Lu
  • World
  • Thursday, 26 Nov 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran will import about 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for over 20 million people, the Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Saeed Namaki announced on Wednesday.

"We are purchasing vaccines from the World Health Organization's COVAX program," Namaki said in a public statement, as quoted by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Iran-Vaccine-COVID)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Wednesday 2,438 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 542,187.

The ministry also reported 55 new deaths and 2,270 more recovered cases in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,086 and the total recoveries have reached 472,054. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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TEHRAN -- Iran announced on Wednesday a new daily record of 13,843 confirmed COVID-19 infections, raising the total number to 894,385.

Among the newly infected in the past 24 hours, 2,370 had to be hospitalized, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said at her daily briefing, as reported on the ministry's website. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish police seized a total of 658 historical artifacts in Istanbul and detained one person, local media reported on Wednesday.

Acting upon a tip-off, Istanbul's anti-smuggling units raided a residence in the Beykoz district on the Asian side of the city and detained the suspect, the Milliyet daily said. (Turkey-Artifacts-Police)

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