News summary from Xinhua, Middle East at 2200 GMT, September 24th


TEHERAN – Negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), should be “productive and fruitful,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told the official IRNA news agency on Friday.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Amir Abdollahian said that the Iranian delegation was not currently negotiating the JCPOA with the remaining parties to the agreement. (Iran-Nuke-Vienna talks)


ISTANBUL – Turkish police seized large numbers of counterfeit medical products, including COVID-19 pills, and arrested a suspect in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, local media reported on Friday.

Following a tip that some counterfeit COVID-19 drugs were on the market, the Istanbul Police Department carried out an operation on an address in the Maltepe district, according to Cumhuriyet daily. (Turkey-COVID19-Fake Pills)


TUNIS – Following a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Tunisian President Kais Saied decided to lift the nightly curfew from Saturday, the Tunisian Presidency announced on Friday.

“After consulting with the Ministry of Health and the operating theater for COVID-19 pandemic management, the President has decided to lift the ban on people and vehicles across the territory from midnight on Saturday,” said a presidency statement. (Tunisia lift curfew)


ISTANBUL – The Turkish branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has won 12 prizes at the Vision Awards 2020, organized by the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP), ICBC said in a press release on Friday.

ICBC Turkey won six platinum and six gold awards in the Commercial Banks and Diversified Financial Services categories for its 2020 annual reports. (Turkey ICBC Awards)


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