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    Coronavirus: Italy records 475 deaths — highest single-day increase ever

Coronavirus: Italy records 475 deaths — highest single-day increase ever

With 475 deaths in 24 hours, Italy now has the worst case in the outbreak of coronavirus. China where the disease broke out in December did not have up to such number of deaths in a single day. Lombardy, the worst-hit region in Italy, recorded 319 deaths in one day, according to the BBC. Last week, Giacomo Angeloni, councillor in charge of cemeteries at Bergamo, [...]

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    Iran releases 70,000 prisoners as coronavirus outbreak worsens

Iran releases 70,000 prisoners as coronavirus outbreak worsens

Iran has temporarily freed about 70,000 prisoners to tackle the spread of coronavirus in jails. This was disclosed by Ebrahim Raisi, the country's head of the judiciary, on Monday. Raisi said the release of prisoners would continue “to the point where it doesn’t create insecurity in society". He, however, did not give further details or specify when those released would have to return [...]

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    Adviser to Iran’s foreign minister dies of coronavirus

Adviser to Iran’s foreign minister dies of coronavirus

Hussein Sheikholeslam, an Iranian diplomat, has died of coronavirus. The 67-year old diplomat reportedly died on Friday morning in a hospital in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. Sheikholeslam, was an advisor to Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister, who described him "as a friend and always fair-minded diplomat". The deceased served as a deputy foreign minister from 1981 to 1997. He was also a former [...]

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    23 Iranian MPs test positive for coronavirus

23 Iranian MPs test positive for coronavirus

Reza Misri, deputy speaker of Iran's parliament, says 23 of his colleagues have tested positive for coronavirus. According to UK Guardian, Misri  disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. "As of now, 23 members of parliament were tested positive. These people have a close relationship with the people and they carry different viruses from different parts of the country, which may create a new [...]

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    Iran deploys soldiers to combat coronavirus as death toll rises to 77

Iran deploys soldiers to combat coronavirus as death toll rises to 77

Iran says 11 more people have died of coronavirus and that it is mobilising its armed forces to combat the virus. This was disclosed by Ali Reza Raisi, a health ministry official, during a press conference in Tehran, on Tuesday. Raisi said since the outbreak of the disease in the country, about 2, 336 people have been infected with the virus, including [...]

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    Ayatollah’s adviser dies of coronavirus

Ayatollah’s adviser dies of coronavirus

Seyed Mohammad Mir-Mohammadi, a member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s expediency discernment council, a body that advises Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader, has died of coronavirus. Mir-Mohammadi death comes two days after Mohammad Ali Dastak, an elected member of Iranian parliament, died of the disease which is spreading rapidly in the country. Dastak, who was recently elected as the representative for Astana [...]

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    Coronavirus kills member of Iranian parliament

Coronavirus kills member of Iranian parliament

The confirmed cases in Iran has made it the country with the fourth-highest number of cases in the world and highest number of coronavirus deaths outside China. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran vice-president for women and affairs, had recently contracted coronavirus. Ebtekar contracted the disease two days after Iraj Harirchi, the country’s deputy health minister, tested positive to it. To curtail the spread of the virus, [...]

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    Coronavirus has ‘killed 210’ in Iran — not 34 as reported

Coronavirus has ‘killed 210’ in Iran — not 34 as reported

Not less than 210 people infected with the coronavirus disease have died in Iran, according to BBC. This figure is far less than that quoted by the Iran ministry of health which said that the death toll in the gulf country as of early Friday was 34, with 388 persons infected. Among those infected are Iran's vice-president for women and family affairs, its [...]

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    Iran’s vice-president contracts coronavirus

Iran’s vice-president contracts coronavirus

Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran vice-president for women and affairs, has contracted coronavirus. Ebtekar contracted the disease two days after Iraj Harirchi, the country's deputy health minister, tested positive to it. Ebtekar is also known as the English-language spokeswoman "Mary" for the 1979 hostage-takers who seized the US embassy in Tehran and sparked a 444-day diplomatic crisis. Iran has 245 confirmed coronavirus cases and has [...]

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    Iran’s deputy health minister tests positive to coronavirus

Iran’s deputy health minister tests positive to coronavirus

Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s deputy health minister, has placed himself in isolation after testing positive to coronavirus. The country's ministry of health announced that Harirchi had contracted the disease on Tuesday. Harirchi, who has spearheaded Iran’s efforts to contain the virus, also confirmed that he had the disease. In a video he aired from his house, the minister said he would begin treatment immediately. "I [...]

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    Britain summons Iranian ambassador over detention of its envoy

Britain summons Iranian ambassador over detention of its envoy

The British government has summoned Iran’s ambassador over the arrest of Rob Macaire, its envoy in Tehran. Britain condemned the arrest of the UK ambassador, describing it as a "flagrant violation of international law". Macaire was detained briefly on Saturday night after attending a vigil for those who died in the Ukranian passenger plane crash downed by Iran's military on Wednesday. The UK [...]

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    Ukraine asks Iran to punish those responsible for shooting down passenger aircraft

Ukraine asks Iran to punish those responsible for shooting down passenger aircraft

Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelensky says Iran must bring those responsible for bringing down the Ukrainian passenger plane to justice. Speaking via Twitter, Zelensky said Iran is expected to issue an official apology, return all dead bodies and pay compensation. The president added that investigation into the crash must also be open and done without delays. "This morning brings the truth," Zelensky said. "Ukraine insists [...]

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    ‘It’s human error’ — Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian passenger aircraft

‘It’s human error’ — Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian passenger aircraft

Iran says it regrets shooting down a Ukrainian passenger aircraft, Boeing-737, carrying 176 people. The aircraft which belongs to Ukraine International Airlines crashed a few minutes after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran, killing all passengers and crew on board. Eighty two Iranians, 57 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians and some citizens of Sweden, the UK, Afghanistan and Germany died in the [...]

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    ‘Direct your sympathy here… Boko Haram is killing our soldiers’ — AY under fire for wading into Iran-US conflict

‘Direct your sympathy here… Boko Haram is killing our soldiers’ — AY under fire for wading into Iran-US conflict

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    US officials: Iran mistakenly shot the plane that crashed on Wednesday

US officials: Iran mistakenly shot the plane that crashed on Wednesday

Iran mistakenly shot the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed on Wednesday, killing all the 176 people on board, according to US officials. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's airport. The incident occurred after Iran launched missiles that hit two air bases of US forces in Iraq. The attack was a response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Quds [...]

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    Two rockets land near US embassy in Iraq

Two rockets land near US embassy in Iraq

Two rockets hit the Green Zone where the US Embassy in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, is located. This is the second time the embassy would be attacked within a week. Embassies of several other western countries are also located in the zone. CNN reports that its team heard sirens after two explosions hit the Green Zone, adding that there were no casualties [...]

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