Fri, 14 Aug 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on the Iranians to fully adhere to health guidelines amid the resurgence of COVID-19 in most parts of the country.

Khamenei expressed his deep regret over a spike in coronavirus infections and the rise of daily deaths, according to Press TV. Khamenei said Iran is "certainly capable of overcoming the disease." (Iran-Khamenei)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's cabinet approved on Sunday grants for the unemployed, self-employed and business owners amid growing public criticism over the government's handling of the coronavirus economic crisis.

The Prime Minister's Office and the Finance Ministry said in a joint statement that in "the next few days" the government will transfer up to 7,500 shekels (about 2,169 U.S. dollars) to the bank accounts of the unemployed, self-employed, people on furlough and business owners who were hurt by the coronavirus restrictions and lockdown. (Israel-Grants-Unemployed)

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BAGHDAD -- Unknown militants attacked a convoy of trucks carrying U.S. logistical equipment in southern Iraq, an Interior Ministry source said on Sunday.

The attack took place on Saturday night when gunmen riding pickups forced the convoy to stop between the cities of Samawah and Diwaniyah and set fire to the trucks, which was carrying U.S. army's furniture and military vehicles, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Militants-Attack)

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ISTANBUL -- A forest fire on Sunday erupted on an island off the coast of Turkey's biggest city Istanbul, local media reported.

The fire of unknown causes broke out in Heybeliada, one of the main islands of an archipelago in the Marmara Sea, known as the Princes' Islands. No casualties have so far been reported. (Turkey-Istanbul-Forest fire)

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