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06 Mar 2021, 10:30 GMT+10

MOGADISHU -- At least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured when a suicide car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday evening, police spokesperson Sadik Aden Ali said.

Those injured are mainly civilians, said Ali. (Somalia-Explosion)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced on Friday the U.S. continued sanctions against Iran amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Even amid COVID-19, the U.S. continues to exert Trump's failed 'maximum pressure' on Iranians. Isn't it time to try something that may actually work?" Zarif wrote on social media as quoted by official news agency IRNA. (Iran-U.S.)

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) and the United States have agreed to suspend the tariffs imposed over the Airbus-Boeing disputes, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday after a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden.

The two leaders agreed to suspend the tariffs, both on aircraft and non-aircraft products, for an initial period of four months, von der Leyen said in a statement. (EU-U.S.-Tariff)

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GENEVA -- COVAX, the international vaccine campaign co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners, had delivered more than 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 20 countries, the WHO chief said on Friday.

Earlier this week, the first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using doses provided by COVAX began in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, which were later followed by shipment to another 18 countries, mostly in Africa. (WHO-COVAX-COVID19 Vaccines)

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