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RAMALLAH -- Scores of Palestinian protesters were injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in several West Bank towns and villages, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

Among the injured were three shot by live ammunition, 71 by rubber bullets and dozens who inhaled tear gas, according to the organization. (Palestine-Israel-Clashes)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his visiting Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque Marquez on Friday signed a joint declaration on strategic cooperation and partnership.

"We have raised the relations between our countries to the strategic partnership level with this joint declaration," Erdogan said at a joint press conference with Duque after the signing ceremony in Istanbul. (Turkey-Colombia-Strategic Ties)

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CAIRO -- China and the Arab League pledged to deepen their cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, said a statement published Friday by the Chinese embassy in Egypt.

The two sides made the remarks during a meeting held Thursday in Cairo between Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang and Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs. (AL-China-COVID-19 cooperation)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli health ministry on Friday night reported the country's first suspected case of monkeypox after the viral disease has recently been detected across North America and Europe.

Earlier in the day, a man in his 30s returning from western Europe visited Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv with suspicious lesions of the virus, according to separate statements issued by the ministry and the hospital. (Israel-Monkeypox-First Case)

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