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New Covid-19 strain in India restrain oil prices

Oil prices rose on Friday, reversing some of the previous day's sharp losses as stock markets strengthened and the U.S. dollar slipped, though gains were capped by the coronavirus situation in major oil consumer India. Brent crude oil futures were up $1.23, or 1.8%, at $68.28 a barrel by 1349 GMT and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up $1.12, or 1.8%, at $64.94. The two contracts lost about 3% on Thursday.

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Turkey mulling three-stage normalization plan

Within the scope of its normalization plan, Turkey is considering a three-stage strategy to be implemented after the full lockdown ends on May 17, including the lifting of restrictions on restaurants and cafes in the …

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Lithuania gifts 15,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Georgia

Georgia will receive 15,000 Covid-19 vaccines from Lithuania, announces Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis. He posted on his Twitter account that the Lithuanian government had confirmed that 200,000 vaccines …

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Death toll in Kabul mosque bombing rises to 12

A blast at a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital during Friday prayers killed at least 12 people, police said, shattering the relative calm of a three-day ceasefire. "During Friday congregation an explosion happened …

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Hamas attacks Israel's chemical plant

The Hamas movement's armed wing Izz ad-Din a-Qassam Brigades, which controls the Gaza Strip, has said it has attacked an Israeli chemical plant, the television channel Al-Jazeera said on Friday. The attacked facility is in the …

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Russia reports 9,462 daily COVID-19 cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 9,462 in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number since March 20, as follows from the data published by the anti-coronavirus crisis center on Friday. The relative growth …

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Dr Reddy’s launches Sputnik V in India

Pharma major Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd has launched Russia's Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, in the domestic market, making it the third Covid-19 vaccine available in the country. "As part of a limited pilot, the soft …

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Georgia reports 1,390 new COVID-19 cases

Georgia has reported 1,390 new cases of coronavirus, 1,070 recoveries and 18 deaths in the past 24 hours.  In total, 38,468 tests have been conducted around the country of which 27,651 tests were rapid tests, while the remaining …

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Russia may register nasal COVID-19 vaccine in 2022

Russia may register a nasal vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in 2022, if the clinical trials planned for 2021-2022 are successful, head of the center Alexander Ginzburg said. …

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U.S. evacuates 120 Pentagon personnel out of Israel

The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed reports that it pulled 120 U.S. military personnel from Israel. Defense Department press secretary John Kirby said the U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command staffers flew aboard a C-17 …

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Three rockets launched at Israel from Lebanon

Three rockets were launched from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Thursday but landed in the Mediterranean Sea, causing no damage or casualties, the Israeli military said. The rocket firing threatened to open a new front in the …

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Israeli army calls up 9,000 reservists

Israel on Thursday said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war. The …

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Vaccine skepticism in Armenia

The country has taken the rare step of offering the vaccine to anyone, including foreigners, without registration. But the number of takers is still low.

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