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    Iran asks for billions in loans as virus deaths climb to 429

    According to a Health Ministry spokesman who spoke in a live, televised news conference, the novel coronavirus has killed 75 more people, raising the death toll to 429 amid over 10,000 cases in the Islamic Republic. Iran is the hardest-hit country in the Mideast by the new coronavirus, which sickens but largely doesn't kill those afflicted.

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    • "First batch of 58 Indian pilgrims being brought back from #Iran. IAF C-17 taken off from Tehran and expected to land soon in Hindon," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed a little while ago.

      India is in touch with Iran on possible evacuation of Indian pilgrims and students stuck in the coronavirus-hit nation, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said in the Parliament last Thursday. An estimated 1,200 Indians, mostly students and pilgrims, are in Iran currently.

      In recent months, Iran has violated all main provisions of the nuclear pact, increasing its stockpiles of enriched uranium and heavy water past its limits, adding prohibited centrifuges, and enriching uranium past the purity allowed.

      According to EFSAS, the fact that Pakistan, China's sworn best friend and stooge combined, no longer holds the same charm for the US it once did was made evident in the US State Department report which highlighted the fact that Islamabad had been designated as a "Country of Particular Concern".

      ​​The new count brings the number of those killed by the virus in the country since mid-February to 194, one of the highest tolls outside of China, where the disease originated.

      Vithalani said there might be a short-term delay in business dealings, but in the long term exporters see China as a major market for Indian sugar. An official of a global trading company based out of Mumbai said considering the prevailing price of sugar in China at $730 a tonne, there was a good opportunity of Indian exporters.

      As head of a newly united military wing, 30-year-old Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, brings his father's fiercely uncompromising reputation to the battlefield.

      Accordingly the Embassy of Iran facilitated and issued expeditiously the visa for the visit of 6 experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research and Ministry of Health of India to Tehran and took the necessary steps to fulfill their mission, according to a statement released on Friday.

      "We have confirmed 1,234 new cases, which is a record in the past few days," health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference, raising the total number of infections to 4,747. The new cases "are probably those who had been infected with the virus two weeks ago and have just came to us with symptoms," he added.

      A flight from Iran is expected to land in the country tonight and would be bringing around 300 swabs of Indians there who are suspected of having coronavirus.

      Iran's Revolutionary Guards unveiled Sunday a short-range ballistic missile that they said can be powered by a "new generation" of engines designed to put satellites into orbit.

      Iran has scrambled to halt the rapid spread of the virus that has claimed 92 lives out of 2,922 confirmed infections in the past two weeks. It has shut schools and universities, suspended major cultural and sporting events, and cut back on work hours. Trump had said Saturday he was ready to aid Iran with the virus outbreak if the Islamic republic asked for assistance.

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