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Roundup: Iran calls for enhancing anti-coronavirus cooperation in E. Mediterranean region; Saudi Arabia's COVID-19 cases exceed 290,000

CAIRO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Tuesday called for extending the cooperation on fighting COVID-19 in Eastern Mediterranean region. Meanwhile, the tally of coronavirus infections in Saudi Arabia surpassed 290,000.


Honduras to request COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving on int'l flights

TEGUCIGALPA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Honduras will begin next week requesting that visitors entering the country by air present a negative novel coronavirus (COVID-19) test carried out within a maximum of 72 hours before their arrival, said a government decree published on Tuesday.


U.S. attempts to win more support with streamlined bid to extend Iran arms embargo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States streamlined its bid on Tuesday to get the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that could win Washington more support in the 15-member body but is unlikely to overcome opposition by veto-powers Russia and China.


Shukri denies taking orders to defreeze accounts

PETALING JAYA: Former Malay­sian Anti-Corruption Com­mission chief Datuk Shukri Abdull denied taking orders from any prime minis­ter or Cabinet ministers to defreeze accounts of suspects under investigation.


Argentina mulls tightening lockdown measures amid rise in COVID-19 cases

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's government has not ruled out tightening lockdown restrictions in force since March 20 if a rise in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals, a top official said on Monday.


Feature: Greek PM pledges aid to flood-stricken island as residents count damages

POLITIKA, Greece, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday visited the flood-stricken Evia island in central Greece and pledged immediate state aid to people affected.


Germany bars fans from soccer matches till at least end of October

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany agreed on Monday to extend a ban for spectators in stadiums at Bundesliga soccer matches until at least the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.