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BELGRADE -- Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for COVID-19, the Defense Ministry said Saturday in a press statement.

Vulin underwent a regular test after having contact with one of the state secretaries in the Ministry of Defense, who was recently hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection, said the statement. (Serbia-COVID-19-Defense minister)

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WASHINGTON -- The European Union (EU) plans to bar travelers from the United States and some other countries where the COVID-19 outbreak has not been effectively controlled as the bloc will reopen in July, U.S. media reported Friday.

After several rounds of negotiation in recent weeks, EU senior diplomats in Brussels have come up with a final list of the safe countries from which travelers are welcomed to the bloc, U.S. media outlet The New York Times reported. (US-EU-COVID-19)

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DUBLIN -- Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has been elected as new prime minister of Ireland in a vote held here on Saturday at a special meeting of the lower house of the Irish parliament.

Announcing the voting results, Sean O Fearghail, speaker of the lower house of the Irish parliament, declared that Micheal Martin has won the election by receiving 93 votes in favor, 63 votes against and 3 votes in abstention. (Ireland-Election-New PM)

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DAMASCUS -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed on Saturday the government institutions in the northeastern province of Hasakah, state news agency SANA reported.

The U.S.-backed SDF militia stormed the headquarters of the Grain Establishment, the Electricity Company, and the Sport City, the Industry Directorate, the Commercial Bank and others, said SANA. (Syria-US-SDF) Enditem

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