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17 May 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian carried out a car-ramming attack in East Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon, injuring seven police officers, Israel's authorities said.

The incident took place in Nablus Road, near Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, where the planned eviction of Palestinians from their homes has sparked weeks-long violent clashes. (Palestine-Jerusalem-Car-ramming Attack)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian presidential campaigns have officially started on Sunday as posters of President Bashar al-Assad and the two other candidates filled the squares and streets in the capital Damascus.

Under the theme "Hope is in Work," Assad has started his campaign where his posters, most of which were presented by Syrian businessmen and celebrities, filled the main streets in Damascus and other provinces. (Syria-Presidential Campaign-al-Assad)

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MOSCOW -- Russia confirmed 8,554 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 4,940,245, the official monitoring and response center said Sunday.

The national COVID-19 death toll rose by 391 to 115,871 in the past day, while the number of the country's recoveries grew by 8,573 to 4,556,073. (Russia-COVID-19-Cases)

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 5,790 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,143,963.

The death toll climbed to 19,191 after 140 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. (Philippines-COVID-19-Cases)

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