Morning News Brief: First European casualty from coronavirus, Iran polls, and more

WION Web Team New Delhi Feb 22, 2020, 08.31 AM(IST)

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Iran vote will have no major influence on foreign affairs or Iran’s nuclear policy, which is determined by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But it might bolster hardliners in the 2021 contest for president and toughen Tehran's foreign policy.

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Coronavirus spreads in China prisons, Korean church as fears weigh on global markets

Virus

A total of 234 infections among Chinese prisoners outside Hubei ended 16 straight days of declines in new mainland cases.

Polls close in Iran general elections after multiple extensions

Iran

The vote had been due to end at 1430 GMT, but it was extended at least five times and finally closed at 2030 GMT to allow a maximum number of people to cast their ballots.

Italy reports first European casualty from coronavirus outbreak

Italy

Adriano hailed from the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy. A 67-year-old from the same village has also tested positive.

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