Sat, 15 Aug 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 264,561 on Wednesday after an overnight registration of 2,388 new infections, official IRNA news agency reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,775 have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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TEHRAN -- At least seven commercial ships caught fire in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr on Wednesday, Tasnim news agency reported.

According to the report, no casualties have been reported from the incident so far. (Iran-Ship-Fire)

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CAIRO -- Egypt asked Ethiopia for an official clarification if it has started filling its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) constructed on their shared Nile River as stated in some media reports, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Egypt has requested an urgent official clarification from the Ethiopian government regarding the truth of this matter," spokesman of Egyptian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez pointed out. (Egypt-Ethiopia-GERD)

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JERUSALEM -- The total value of "exit" deals carried out by Israeli technology companies decreased by 22.1 percent in the first half (H1) of 2020, according to a report published on Wednesday.

The implementation of exit deals typically refers to the change in ownership of a start-up company mainly through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), in addition to management buyout and initial public offering. (Israel-Start-up)

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