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Three Katyusha rockets were fired on Baghdad International Airport without causing casualties, the Iraqi military said on Saturday.

The attack took place late on Friday night. The rockets landed outside the airport, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

One of the rockets hit a house in the nearby al-Jihad district neighborhood and damaged the building, the statement said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Still, the Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops across Iraq and the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone have been frequently targeted by mortar and rocket attacks.

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French politician: Armenian people should know truth about Khojaly

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“There is a large Armenian community in France, and this fact places a huge responsibility on the country to restore peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Finally, France must understand its responsibility as a UN member and a friend of Azerbaijan and move on to action,” Laurent Poultier du Mesnil, vice-president of the France-Azerbaijan Dialogue Association (ADFA), told the French Service of Report.

According to him, as a UN member, France should start an investigation to study the truth about Khojaly events.

“Until now, France has failed to play its role. France could also play a part in resolving the Karabakh conflict but missed this chance. At the very least, now France must show commitment and start an international investigation to study the Khojaly tragedy. We turned to French President Emmanuel Macron. A tragedy has occurred in Khojaly, France must begin to look into it closely,” Laurent Poultier du Mesnil said.

He noted the importance of delivering information about the Khojaly tragedy to everyone, including the Armenian people.

“The Armenian people must know the truth to restore peace. Armenians must understand that the Armenian army and its leaders committed a massacre against the Azerbaijani people. When everyone knows the truth, peace will be achieved. Everyone, including the Armenian people, should finally be aware of the heavy losses and damage inflicted on the Azerbaijani people for a long time,” he added.

“When hearing about the attempted coup in Armenia, I felt great concern. I thought that this might be an attempt to reignite the conflict,” he said.

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Sweden heading into third wave of pandemic

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Sweden appeared headed into a third wave of the pandemic, the Health Agency said on Tuesday, as it tightened crowd restrictions for shops amid a recent rise in new COVID-19 cases and a rapid spread of virus variants considered more infectious, Report informs, citing TASS.

Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 11,804 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency statistics showed on Tuesday, an increase on the 10,933 cases reported during the corresponding period last week.

“It certainly looks like we’re heading into a third wave,” Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told a news conference. “It’s starting to have an impact on intensive care. We don’t see a dramatic increase but not the decrease we had for a time.”

The Health Agency recommended that crowds at shops be limited to 500 people, adding to a string of new restrictions in recent week, such as limited opening hours for bars, cafes, restaurants, and stricter rules for wearing face masks.

Tegnell, the architect of Sweden’s pandemic strategy, also said recent studies pointed to the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine being effective for people over 65. Sweden was looking into changing its recommendation of not administering it to the elderly.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine has gotten an undeserved bad reputation,” he said.

While new cases have increased, the death toll is still lower than in previous months. The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 56 new deaths, the lowest weekend figure since early November, taking the total to 12,882. The deaths reported have occurred over several days and sometimes weeks.

Sweden’s death rate per capita is often higher than that of its Nordic neighbors’ but lower than in several European countries that opted for lockdowns.

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Ilham Aliyev receives Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan in video format

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received in a video format a delegation led by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan General Nadeem Raza, Report informs, citing President's Press Service.

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