Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 10

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry on Sunday reported 11,256 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,702,890.

The pandemic also claimed 222 lives in the past 24 hours, taking the overall tally, since its occurrence in February 2020, to 122,592, said the update by Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education. (Iran-COVID19)


JERUSALEM -- Israel's security will be central to every German government, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday during her farewell travel to Israel.

Merkel, in Israel on her last visit as a chancellor before the end of her 16-year term, met Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem. (Israel-Germany-Merkel-Visit)


AMMAN -- Jordan's Interior Minister Mazen Faraya said on Sunday that Jordan will launch a multi-entry visa valid for a full year, so that its holder can enter and exit the country during this period exempted from prior approvals for each trip.

He said this measure will facilitate the travel of investors and visitors to Jordan, bolsters the national economy, guarantee the flow of capital, and create more job opportunities, the state-run Petra news agency reported. (Jordan-Visa)


TEHRAN -- The head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that his country's stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium has exceeded 120 kg, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Regarding the storage of 20 percent enriched uranium, "we have exceeded 120 kg and in this matter, we are ahead of the plan," Mohammad Eslami, the head of the AEOI, was quoted as saying. (Iran-Uranium) Enditem

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