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Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news

Turkey has replaced Treasury and Finance Minister Lutfi Elvan with Nureddin Nebati, according to a decision published Thursday in the Official Gazette.

Turkey will never leave its political and economic future to the “prescriptions” of global economic institutions like the IMF, the country’s president vowed Wednesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed bilateral relations and regional issues over the phone on Wednesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed bilateral and regional issues Wednesday.

Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday called for “calm and de-escalation” amid a row between Russia and Ukraine.

Turkey has administered more than 120.51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to the latest figures released Wednesday.

Separately, the Health Ministry recorded 22,556 new coronavirus cases, 196 deaths and 24,113 recoveries from the virus over the past day.


French media outlets slammed far-right presidential contender Eric Zemmour on Wednesday, with some threatening legal action for his unauthorized use of logos and images in a video announcing his candidacy.

At least 23 countries from five of six World Health Organization regions have now reported cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, and the number is expected to grow, the WHO chief said Wednesday.

The US identified its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in the state of California, a top health official said Wednesday.

Travel restrictions on African countries because of the new coronavirus variant omicron are “unfair,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Heavy fighting took place between Iran’s border guards and the Taliban along the border Wednesday in northeastern Iran, with reports of casualties on both sides.

The European Commission proposed Wednesday to grant a temporary exemption under EU asylum law to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to the migrant crisis at the bloc’s borders with Belarus.

The Tripoli Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected an appeal lodged against Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s candidacy for Libya’s presidential elections, according to local media.

The United Nations on Wednesday urged all countries to stop deporting Afghans, expressing “profound concern” over escalating risks faced by people in the war-torn country.

US diplomats who have been working in Moscow more than three years have to leave the country by Jan. 31, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday.

New Zealand on Wednesday announced the deployment of troops to the Solomon Islands to help the government restore law and order, officials said.

Citing a lack of transparency and widespread irregularities, Somalia’s opposition parties have said they will not participate in or accept the results of ongoing parliamentary elections.

An umbrella organization of all prominent Shia political parties in Iraq except for Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sadrist Movement announced Tuesday that it categorically rejects the final results of October’s general elections in Iraq.

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