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09 Mar 2021, 02:44 GMT+10

DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad were tested positive for COVID-19, state news agency SANA reported on Monday.

After experiencing some symptoms, the president and his wife took the PCR test and the result came positive even though they are in good and stable health, SANA said. (Syria-President-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Patrick Nip, secretary for the civil service of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said Monday that civil servants here who refuse to take oath or sign declaration, will be demanded by the HKSAR government to resign in accordance with relevant mechanisms and procedures.

Since last year, the HKSAR government has for two times arranged all civil servants to take oath or sign declaration, pledging to uphold the HKSAR Basic Law, bear allegiance to the HKSAR and be responsible to the HKSAR government, in accordance with the HKSAR Basic Law, the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR and other relevant laws and regulations. (HK-Civil Servants-Oath)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian and French naval forces held joint military drills in the Red Sea, said the Egyptian army on Monday.

The joint exercise involved various areas, including protection of a vital target in the sea against potential threats, air defense activities, and exchange of helicopter landings on helidecks of marine units, Egyptian military Spokesman Tamer al-Refai said in a statement. (Egypt-France-Drills)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's army reported on Monday two stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The first incident took place overnight near the Palestinian city of Tubas in northeastern West Bank, when Israeli troops raided the area to capture a suspect, an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement. (Israel-Palestine-Attack)

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