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Azerbaijani and Turkish FMs hold phone talk

Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu had a telephone conversation on December 8, the Azerbaijani ministry reported. According to the ministry, the parties discussed …

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WHO: omicron strain detected in 57 countries

The Omicron coronavirus strain has been detected in 57 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. The organization’s COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update noted that "at present, Omicron cases have …

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UN chief in self-isolation after being exposed to COVID-19

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in self-isolation until Thursday after coming into contact with a UN official who tested positive for COVID-19, but he has no symptoms of the infection, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the …

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Russia detects 30,752 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 30,752 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections reaching 9,895,597 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday. According to the crisis …

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Kazakh PM reports on results of national census

Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin reported to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev about the results of the national census, which took place from September 1 to October 30, Akorda said. The total number of Kazakhstani citizens …

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Georgia reports 4,226 new COVID-19 cases

Georgia has reported 4,226 new cases of coronavirus, 4,091 recoveries and 53 deaths in the past 24 hours. The positivity rate in the country stands at 8.31% as of December 8 over the last 14 days. Overall 45,298 remain infected with …

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U.S. could isolate Russia from global financial system

The United States is considering the option of isolating Russia completely from the global financial system with all of the fallout that that would entail for business and people, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria …

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Scholz succeeds Merkel as German chancellor

The German parliament on Wednesday elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the country’s ninth postwar chancellor. Scholz takes office at the head of a coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats, heralding a new …

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30th Anniversary of CIS

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Belovezh Accords, which marked the official collapse of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the CIS. On December 8, 1991, the leaders of the Russian Soviet Federative …

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Israel announces completion of Gaza border barrier

Israel on Tuesday announced the completion of a sensor-equipped underground wall on its side of the Gaza border, a counter-measure developed after Hamas militants used tunnels to blindside its troops in a 2014 war. Israel went public …

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White House reveals topics of Putin-Biden talks

U.S. President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the U.S. and its allies would hit Russia with economic and other measures in the event of military escalation against Ukraine and called for a return to diplomacy, the …

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