BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday recorded 3,461 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease, while the ministry spokesman said that more than 90 percent of the infections were between mild to moderate.
The new cases brought the total nationwide infections to 144,064, as the ministry's health teams and institutions have used 17,517 testing kits across the country during the day, raising the total testing kits used so far to 1,110,258, the ministry said in a statement. (Iraq-COVID-19)
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ISTANBUL -- At least 12 people were wounded when a fire erupted at a residential building in the largest Turkish city of Istanbul, a local media outlet reported Friday.
The fire broke out at around midnight on the first floor of a six-storey building in the Atasehir district on the Asian side of the city, the Haberturk broadcaster said on its website. (Turkey-Istanbul-Fire)
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CAIRO -- At least eight persons were killed after a five-storey building collapsed in the Egyptian Delta city of Mahala, state-run Ahram newspaper reported on Friday.
According to preliminary investigations, the building collapsed and other neighboring three houses cracked due to the digging work with heavy machines for installing sanitation pipes by a private company. (Egypt-Building Collapse)
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BEIRUT -- Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday denied claims that his movement had stored arms at the site of a deadly explosion that ripped through the Lebanese capital Beirut.
"We do not have any weapons, rockets, explosives or chemicals stored at Port of Beirut," Nasrallah said in a televised speech, al-Manar local TV channel reported. (Lebanon-Explosions)