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TEHRAN -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said that Washington should take the first step in revival of the 2015 nuclear deal since it was the one which left the deal, official news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.

The Islamic Republic of Iran will not back down from its demands for the lifting of sanctions in the process of restoration of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Bagheri Kani said, according to the report. (Iran-Vienna Talks)


CAIRO -- A Spanish archaeological mission discovered two adjacent tombs in Upper Egypt's Minya Governorate dating back to the Saite Dynasty (664 BC-525 BC), the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Sunday.

The mission from the University of Barcelona in Spain found the remains of two unknown persons with gold tongues in one of the tombs, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement. (Egypt-Spain-Tombs-Antiquities)


JERUSALEM -- The number of Omicron COVID-19 variant cases in Israel rose from seven to 11 on Sunday, the Israeli Health Ministry said in a statement.

Two of the four new cases are passengers who have recently returned from France. Both of them have received three shots of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19. (Israel-Omicron-Cases)


ANKARA -- Turkey on Sunday reported 19,357 new COVID-19 cases, raising its total tally of infections to 8,901,117, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 185 to 77,830, while 24,278 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19-Cases)

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