TEHRAN -- Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said that his country is ready for the trade of weapons after the UN ban on Iran's arms trade expired on Oct. 18, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.
"Iran has made notable advances in the production of ground ordnance, artillery, military ships, submarines, and particularly drone technology," he pointed out.
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JAKARTA -- Indonesia will face further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming holiday running from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, President Joko Widodo said on Monday.
"We need to discuss hereof, so that long holidays and mass leaves do not have any impact on the increase in the COVID-19 cases," Widodo said.
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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's wine company Casarena Bodega is to showcase its products at the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE), for the third time in a row, encouraged by increasing sales following each participation.
"Our sales have increased significantly after each participation in the CIIE and therefore this year, for the third time in a row, we have not hesitated to participate again," said Nicolas Perinetti, a manager of Casarena Bodega y Vinedos.
"Casarena Bodega began to export wines to China about six years ago, and today it has become our second export market, which is why it is a market that interests us a lot, mainly because it will continue to grow," said the company's Asian exports manager in a recent interview with Xinhua.
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CAPE TOWN -- South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a statement late on Sunday.
"I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus," Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.
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SAO PAULO -- Brazil's coffee industry, the world's No. 1 producer and exporter of the bean, is drumming up business in China's traditionally tea-drinking market, president of the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafe), Nelson Carvalhaes, said on Sunday.
"You have to at least look at the past two decades of China's growth -- the growth of a consuming middle class that is a very beautiful story -- and if you look at the development of China, it serves as an example of the potential that Brazilian coffee can have there," Carvalhaes said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.