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ISTANBUL — Turkey is under the shock of unprecedented forest fires that killed four people and injured scores of others in its coastal touristic southern provinces, while authorities are investigating claims of sabotage.

Over 70 wildfires have been reported since Wednesday across the country. Scorching heat and strong winds have fanned the fires in different regions as 4,000 firefighters battled the blazes, aided by helicopters and planes, local media have reported. (Turkey-Forest Fires)

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SHIBERGHAN, Afghanistan — A total of 37 militants were killed as fighting planes targeted a convoy of Taliban militants in Dasht-e-Lili area of northern Afghanistan’s Jawzjan province on Saturday, a local official said.


“Acting on tip-off, the fighting planes struck a convoy of Taliban rebels in Dasht-e-Lili area and Murghab village today, killing 37 insurgents and injuring 14 others,” Rezai confirmed in talks with Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Airstrikes)

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ZANZIBAR — Tanzania’s Zanzibar on Saturday received a batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines and syringes donated by China.

Zanzibar’s Minister of Trade and Industrial Development Omar Said Shaaban, Chinese Consul General in Zanzibar Zhang Zhisheng and other officials from the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar attended the handover ceremony of the vaccines at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. (China-Zanzibar-Vaccine)

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BAGHDAD — Four people were killed and six others wounded in twin attacks by militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group in western and eastern Iraq, security sources said on Saturday.

In the western province of Anbar, the militants attacked a policeman’s house outside the town of Heet, some 160 km west of Baghdad at about 2:00 a.m. local time (2300 GMT), Maj. Abdul-Sattar al-Dulaimi of the provincial police told Xinhua. (Iraq-Twin Attack)

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