This is a summary of 6 AMN articles on the following subjects: Afghanistan, Taliban, Terror, COVID-19, North Korea, South Korea, Vaccine, India, Iran, Nuclear, UN, Erbil, Afganistán.
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- Afghan security forces free 42 hostages held by Taliban
- South Korean spy agency claims North Korean hackers tried stealing Pfizer vaccine know-how
- Scientists baffled by plummeting levels of coronavirus infections in India
- UN reacts to Iran’s plan to limit IAEA inspection
- Turkey condemns rocket attack in northern Iraq’s Erbil
- Bomb blast kills 7 police forces in Afghanistan’s Faryab
Published 2021-02-16 14:38:56 by News Desk in Asia-Australia
TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – Afghan Special Forces released 42 persons who were taken hostage by the Taliban during a night operation. In an operation in Baghlan province, Afghan special forces were able to free 42 people held hostage by the Taliban, the Independent reported. In this regard, the Afghan Ministry of Defense announced that 42 hostages were released on Monday night in a special operation of the commandos in Taliban prison in “Ali Khaja” Village in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province. The photos released after the operation show Taliban had tied hostages with chains. Among the hostages, there were 25 and… Read on ->
Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban, Terror
Published 2021-02-16 13:30:30 by News Desk in Asia-Australia, World-News
Seoul: North Korea has attempted to steal COVID-19 vaccine technology by hacking Pfizer Inc according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday. South Korea’s Yonhap did not report when the alleged hacking took place or whether it was successful. Last year suspected North Korean hackers tried to break into at least nine health organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Novavax Inc, and AstraZeneca. South Korea’s intelligence agency said it had foiled North Korean attempts to hack into South Korean companies developing coronavirus vaccines. Digital espionage against health bodies, vaccine scientists, and drugmakers has intensified during the COVID-19… Read on ->
Tags: COVID-19, North Korea, South Korea, Vaccine
Published 2021-02-16 11:45:54 by News Desk in Asia-Australia, World-News
Scientists are baffled by the relatively low rate of coronavirus infections in India after at one point it looked as though it might surpass the US as the country with the biggest case toll. Infections began to plummet in September, and now the country is reporting about 11,000 new cases a day, compared to a peak of nearly 100,000, leaving experts perplexed. They have suggested many possible explanations for the sudden drop, seen in almost every region, including that some areas of the country may have reached herd immunity or that Indians may have some preexisting protection from the virus…. Read on ->
Tags: COVID-19, India
Published 2021-02-16 11:30:28 by News Desk in Iran
TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – A UN spokesman has reacted to Iran’s decision to limit the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspection of the country’s nuclear facilities. The United Nations is calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN spokesman Farhan Haq said, commenting on Tehran’s plan to limit IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities, Urdupoit reported. Farhan Haq said at a Monday briefing that the United Nations was calling on all sides to adhere to the Iran nuclear deal. “We want all sides to fulfill their obligations, including Iran.” Mojtaba Zonnour, the head of… Read on ->
Tags: Iran, Nuclear, UN
Published 2021-02-16 11:15:40 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey
Turkey on Tuesday condemned Monday’s rocket attack near Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, which left 1 civilian contractor dead, 5 other contractors, and 1 US service member wounded. “We strongly condemn the rocket attacks in Erbil, which are thought to have targeted civilian settlements,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We express our condolences and get well wishes to the people of Erbil, the KRG, the Iraqi government, and the members of the International Coalition Against DEASH, in which we are also included,” the statement added. It expressed hope that Iraq will quickly identify those behind the heinous… Read on ->
Tags: Erbil, Terror
Published 2021-02-16 11:00:50 by News Desk in Asia-Australia
TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – Seven Afghan police forces were killed in a car bomb in the northern province of Faryab on Tuesday. According to local sources, the explosion occurred while a police Humvee truck crashed into a roadside bomb in a market situated in the Almar district of Faryab province. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. Meanwhile, security officials have blamed the roadside mine attacks on the Taliban group. The UN mission has previously called for an end to roadside mines planted by the conflicting parties in Afghanistan.
Tags: Afganistán, Taliban, Terror
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