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VILNIUS -- Lithuania reported 1,001 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span, the biggest daily spike since the country confirmed its first case on Feb. 28, the Health Ministry said Saturday.

The latest confirmed cases brought the national total to 14,824, including 165 deaths and 4,872 recoveries. (Lithuania-COVID-19)

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BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi military plane crashed Saturday during a training mission in Iraq's Salahudin province, leaving two of its crew members killed, the Iraqi military said.

A technical malfunction occurred in the Cessna Caravan which burned and crashed in Saiyd Mohammed area near the town of Balad, some 90 km north of Baghdad, the media office of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement. (Iraq-Military Plane Crash)

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ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Saturday a new series of restrictions for November as part of a one-month action plan aimed to combat the further spread of the novel coronavirus.

The goal is to avert a full nationwide lockdown like the one imposed in spring during the first wave of the pandemic, he explained during a televised address. (Greece-COVID-19)

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BAGHDAD -- Two children were killed and 28 people injured in a gas pipeline explosion in southern Iraq, the Iraqi military and an oil official said on Saturday.

The incident took place when a gas pipeline detonated near the 44th Brigade of the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi at al-Najmi area in Muthanna province in the south of Baghdad, the media office of the Joint Operations Command (JPC) said in a statement. (Iraq-Gas Pipeline Explosion) Enditem

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