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Iran releases detained South Korean tanker

Iran has freed South Korea’s Hankuk Chemi tanker and its crew after the vessel was stopped in January in the Persian Gulf, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday, citing the South Korean Foreign Ministry. According to the agency, the …

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Lockdown extended in Almaty

Strict quarantine measures in Almaty were extended until April 12. Within the restrictive measures, students of schools, colleges and universities are transferred to  distance education. In addition, shopping and entertainment …

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Pakistan bans TikTok

TikTok was banned in Pakistan, according to local media reports, in another blow to the viral video app’s ambitions in south Asia after it was shut down in India last summer. The Peshawar High Court ordered a ban on TikTok over …

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Australia and Turkmenistan resume postal communication

Australian Australia Post has resumed postage from Australia to Turkmenistan, according to Turkmenportal information portal. Currently, it is possible to send written correspondence from Australia (the delivery time is more than 25 …

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Kazakhstan to immortalize memory of Roza Baglanova

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered to hold events to perpetuate the memory of singer Rosa Baglanova. The relevant information appeared on the president’s Twitter account. "On January 1, 2022, the legendary …

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UN: COVID-19 reversing decades of progress on poverty

The COVID-19 pandemic is reversing decades of progress on poverty, healthcare and education, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in an annual report. According to the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, an …

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Russia and China to be linked by first car bridge

Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities greenlighted opening the first car bridge between Russia and China, built across the border river of Amur, between the cities of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe, Ministry for the …

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Kazakhstan denies development of biological weapons

Kazakhstan does not develop the biological weapons, and the activities of the Almaty Central Reference Laboratory are aimed at ensuring biological safety, including in the framework of the fight against coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign …

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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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