KUWAIT CITY -- Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah took oath before the National Assembly on Wednesday to become the 16th emir of Kuwait.
The Constitution guaranteed smooth transition of leadership to ensure stability and sustainability, Sheikh Nawaf said, vowing to carry out his responsibility to his utmost best and reiterating commitment to the constitution and democracy. (Kuwait-Emir-Oath)
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TEHRAN -- Iran announced on Wednesday 3,582 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of confirmed infections to 457,219.
Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the 3,582 new cases, 1,567 patients required hospitalization. (Iran-COVID-19)
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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on Wednesday called on the United States to reconsider the decision of closing its embassy in Baghdad following repeated attacks on the embassy.
Hussein made his first official comments about the possible withdrawal of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad at a press conference, just after a meeting by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi with ambassadors of 25 countries in Baghdad. (Iraq-U.S.)
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JERUSALEM -- Israel has delivered an Iron Dome air defense system battery to the U.S. army, Israel's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
The battery is the first of two Iron Dome batteries that Israel has agreed to provide the U.S. army, said a statement issued by the ministry. (Israel-U.S.-Iron Dome)