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Syria Govt. Says It Has Covid Vaccine from 'Friendly Country'

Syria's health minister on Thursday said his government procured coronavirus vaccines from a friendly country which he declined to name, adding that frontline health workers would be the first to be inoculated starting next week.

It was not clear why Hassan Ghabbash declined to name the country that provided the vaccines. He spoke at a press conference where only reporters from local media outlets were invited.

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Secretive Israeli Nuclear Facility Undergoes Major Project

A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the center of the nation's undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.

A dig about the size of a soccer field and likely several stories deep now sits just meters (yards) from the aging reactor at the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center near the city of Dimona. The facility is already home to decades-old underground laboratories that reprocess the reactor's spent rods to obtain weapons-grade plutonium for Israel's nuclear bomb program.

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Saudi Crown Prince Has Surgery for Appendicitis

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler, has had successful surgery for appendicitis, state media reported late Wednesday. 

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Jordan Reimposes Friday Curfew as Virus Surges

Jordan has reimposed an all-day curfew on Fridays to stem the spread of coronavirus as cases rise, officials said Wednesday.

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U.S. Says Report on Khashoggi's Murder Expected 'Soon'

A U.S. intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul will be out "soon," the White House said Wednesday.

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Germany Convicts Syrian in Landmark Torture Trial

A German court on Wednesday convicted a former Syrian intelligence service agent for complicity in crimes against humanity, in the first court case worldwide over state-sponsored torture by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

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Displaced Families Face New Exodus as Yemen Fighting Shifts Again

As the sound of gunfire grew closer, Mahfouz Ahmed knew to scoop up his children and run, before getting caught in the line of fire between Yemen's warring sides.

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Biden, al-Kadhemi Discuss Embassy Rocket Strikes

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi spoke about this week's rocket strikes on the US embassy in Baghdad, the White House said Tuesday, with both leaders saying those responsible should be "held fully to account."

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'Spy for Egypt' Goes on Trial in Germany

A German man went on trial Tuesday for allegedly spying for Egypt while he was working in Chancellor Angela Merkel's press office. 

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U.S. Says Will Hold Iran 'Responsible' in Iraq but Won't 'Lash Out'

The United States said Monday it would hold Iran to account for its Iraqi allies after rocket fire hit the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, but insisted it would not be drawn into an escalation.

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