Monitoring Desk DUBAI: One person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television said on Monday, as the Health Ministry reported 215 new deaths from the disease and state media warned of a lack of proper social distancing. Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari was quoted by the state TV as saying…

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BANGKOK (Reuters): This month’s joint U.S.-Thai military exercises in Thailand have drawn criticism from Thais on social media after authorities announced that dozens of visiting American troops would be undergoing their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bangkok hotels. Some 106 American soldiers will join three separate exercises from Aug. 18 to 30 in three provinces and…

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CAIRO (AP): Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, officials said. The talks came a day after tens of thousands of Ethiopians flooded the streets of their capital, Addis…

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NEW DELHI (APP): India’s health ministry announced on Monday that the country’s COVID-19 cases have surpassed 1.8 million, reaching 1,803,695. As many as 52,972 fresh cases were added to the tally in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the ministry. Meanwhile, 771 deaths took place during the past 24 hours taking the…

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ANKARA (AA): US President Donald Trump vowed Monday to take legal action after the Nevada state passed a bill on Sunday to allow mail-in ballots. “In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation.…

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KABUL (AA): The Afghan Defense Ministry declared the clean-up operation in Jalalabad prison over on Monday with all five attackers killed. The clash killed at least 29 people and wounded 50 others. The Daesh-claimed attack began Sunday evening with a suicide car bombing followed by armed assault on the prison by five attackers in the…

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TEHRAN (AA): The issue of UN arms embargo on Iran is increasingly becoming a new bone of contention between Tehran and Washington, with latter vigorously seeking its extension and former warning against it. In recent weeks, with calls growing in the US for extension of the 13-year embargo on Iran, which expires on Oct. 18,…

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