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Iran-P4+1 talks 

Iran says it is ready to continue negotiations with the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal as long as necessary, as the third day of the new round of these negotiations is about to start in Vienna. A senior official tells Press TV that Tehran would not rush into deadlines and artificial timetables at the expense of the rights and demands of the Iranian nation. The official says Iran has come to Vienna resolutely with clear requests and proposals. Tehran insists that it would not settle for anything but the removal of all post-2015 sanctions against it in a verifiable manner. The Islamic Republic says it would then reverse its remedial measure. Iran and P4+1 countries resumed their talks on Monday in the Austrian capital, after a six-month pause.

Saudi drone downed 

The Yemeni army says it has shot down a Saudi spy drone in the country’s northwest. Army spokesman Yahya Saree says the drone was a CH-4 type, made by China. He says the reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a missile over a region straddling the provinces of Sa’ada and Amran. This is the latest drone shot down by Yemeni forces this year. They’ve already brought down six American spy drones, since Saudi Arabia and its regional allies launched a war on Yemen in 2015. The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and plunged the nation into a full-fledged humanitarian crisis.

South Korea COVID crisis 

Covid making a comeback in South Korea. Authorities there, say the number of daily infections is now at a record high. More than 5,000 daily cases in just one day. Not only a record high, but also a huge number for a country praised for its success in containing the pandemic. The rise in cases and fears over the emergence of the new variant have prompted officials to stop easing restrictions. They’ve called on those with mild infections to treat themselves at home, and those with severe cases to be transferred to hospital. This is because the majority of ICU beds are filled up. Nearly 80 percent of South Korea’s population is now fully vaccinated, a reason for the low mortality rate in the East Asian country.

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