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Iran locks down cities

Iran has started an intercity travel ban, an Iranian official said in a televised news conference a day after Iran's government spokesman warned the country might face a second outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials have …

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Internet disruption registered across Iran

Multiple telecommunication networks in Iran have been disconnected this morning, according to network data from the NetBlocks internet observatory. Most major providers are affected and were unreachable internationally for an hour …

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Coronavirus shutdown clears China's air pollution

Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is "at least partly" due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, according to Nasa. Nasa maps show falling levels of …

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Israeli citizens now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia

Israel announced that it would permit Israeli citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia for the first time, under certain conditions that include Israeli entrepreneurs seeking investments, in a signal of warming ties. Israeli Interior …

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China rapidly building coronavirus hospital in Wuhan

China is rapidly building a new thousand-bed hospital to treat victims of a new coronavirus in Wuhan, mobilising machinery to get it ready by early next week, state media says. The new hospital is being built around a holiday …

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Wikipedia ban lifted in Turkey

Turkey's court ruled to lift a ban on Wikipedia, after a decision by the country's top court that the block breached freedom of expression. Turkish authorities had blocked the online encyclopedia on April 29, 2017, after which …

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Indian woman declared dead wakes up at her funeral

A 55-year-old woman suffering from a high fever was declared dead by a team of doctors at a private hospital after they failed to revive her in India's village Belagavi in Karnataka. The woman, identified as Malati Chougale, …

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One killed in road accident on Tbilisi-Istanbul route

One individual has been killed and 22 received injuries in a road accident in Turkey involving a bus on the Tbilisi-Istanbul route yesterday. According to Rustavi 2, most of the passengers on the bus were Georgian citizens. 22 …

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Saudi Arabia officially bans child marriages

After years of discussions, Saudi Arabia finally announced that it has banned child marriages, making 18 the minimum age for weddings. Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Al-Samaani …

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The Economist’s names Uzbekistan country of the year

Uzbekistan has won the 'country of the year' award from The Economist. The edition annually awards the states achieving the biggest progress in democracy. The Economist said after dismissal of the State Security Service …

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Five people killed by landslide in Tashkent metro

Five people were killed by a landslide in the open section of a construction site of Yunusabad metro line in Tashkent, Uzbekistan's Emergency Department said. The accident took place on December 18at about 10 a.m local time. …

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