TEHRAN -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in on Thursday and pledged his utmost for domestic economic development amid U.S. sanctions, as well as peace and friendship with regional states.
"I swear ... to be the guardian of the official religion and the Islamic Republic establishment and the constitution of the country, and to use all my capacity and competencies to fulfill the responsibilities I have undertaken," Raisi took the oath during his swearing-in ceremony. (Iran-President-Sworn in)
BEIRUT -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon's southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon's Presidency.
"These attacks are a direct threat to security and stability in the south," Aoun said. (Lebanon-Israel-Attacks)
ANKARA -- Turkey on Thursday registered 24,297 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of infections in the country to 5,846,784.
The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 108 to 51,875, while 6,636 more people recovered in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish Health Ministry. (Turkey-COVID19-Cases)
JERUSALEM -- A total of 262,563 people in Israel have received the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in four days, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Thursday.
Israel started its third dose vaccination campaign on Sunday following the recent sharp rise in COVID-19 morbidity in the country. (Israel-COVID19-Vaccine)