Mainland China reports 327 new cases, the lowest since January 23, taking its tally to more than 78,800 cases with almost 2,800 deaths. Meanwhile, WHO says outbreak "getting bigger," warns of spread worldwide.
Clusters of the illness continued to balloon outside mainland China, fueling apprehension across the globe that was reflected in sagging financial markets.
In Iran, hardliners have won not because of widespread support, but because of widespread apathy.
Polls shut at midnight (2030 GMT) after at least five extensions beyond the originally scheduled 6 pm (1430 GMT) closing time to allow a maximum number of people to cast their ballots.
Given "Iran's failure to enact the Palermo and Terrorist Financing Conventions in line with the FATF Standards, the FATF fully lifts the suspension of counter-measures," the body said, referring to the UN's 2001 convention against organised crime.
SOAS Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam talks to TRT World about the upcoming Iranian parliamentary election.
Ankara and Damascus appear to be heading towards a military confrontation as Russia, the main backer of the Assad regime, fails to stick to its word on Idlib.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader, told Iranians to "disappoint the enemy" by voting in Friday's parliamentary election, which comes during one of the most testing periods for Iran since the ouster of the pro-US shah in 1979.
The Iranian Guardian Council disqualified thousands of candidates, including reformists and conservatives, for parliamentary elections with low turnout expected.
Relations between Tehran and Washington reached crisis point in 2018 after President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.
With Saudi Arabia and the UAE increasingly using the GCC for their own ends, other Gulf countries are considering going a separate way.
Turkish President Erdogan's visit to Pakistan comes at a testing time for both countries and speaks to the durable nature of the relationship.
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