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Roundup: Iran's COVID-19 cases top 336,000; Iraq sets new record in daily coronavirus infections

CAIRO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's total COVID-19 cases surpassed 336,000 on Thursday; Meanwhile, Iraq set a new record in daily coronavirus infections with 3,841 new cases.


Israel reports 1,671 new COVID-19 cases, 89,822 in total

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 1,671 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total cases to 89,822.


WHO-sponsored plan for new COVID-19 tools has shown results: Tedros

GENEVA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday said that the WHO-sponsored plan for new COVID-19 tools has shown results.


U.S. says takes down militant groups' cryptocurrency fundraising effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said it took down efforts by the military wing of Hamas, al Qaeda and Islamic State to raise funds via cryptocurrency through schemes that included selling bogus COVID-19 safety equipment to U.S. hospitals.


Ethiopia reports record 1,086 daily COVID-19 cases

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 26,204 after 1,086 new COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed on Thursday, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said.


Kenya reimagining wildlife conservation strategies as threats mutate

NAIROBI, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has embarked on retooling of national conservation programs for iconic wildlife species amid evolving threats to their survival linked to pathogens, invasive species, shrinking habitat and climatic shocks.


Israeli COVID-19 patients receive experimental treatment of plasma-based antibodies

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- First three Israeli COVID-19 patients were treated with plasma-based antibodies as part of clinical trials, the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem said on Thursday.