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Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine protects for 6 months

ANKARA The US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced Thursday that their coronavirus vaccine is effective up to six months after the second dose. The pivotal Phase 3 study...

Turkey's innovative COVID vaccine candidate on WHO list

ANKARA Turkey's innovative coronavirus vaccine candidate based on virus-like particles (VLP) has entered the World Health Organization (WHO) list, the country's industry and technology minister said on Wednesday. "Developed as...

China reports 1st local COVID-19 case in over month

ANKARAChina on Friday reported its first indigenous COVID-19 case in over a month despite strict measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus within the country.The country’s National...

Japan to lift COVID-19 emergency in Tokyo, 3 provinces

TOKYO The Japanese government will lift a state of emergency over COVID-19 in Tokyo and its neighboring provinces on Sunday night. Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide made the decision after listening to...

UK faces 'significant reduction' in vaccine supply

LONDONA letter from the National Health Service (NHS) England to local vaccination centers warned the UK is going to face a “significant reduction” in vaccine supplies from March 29,...

Northern Cyprus reports 44 new coronavirus cases

ANKARA  The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Tuesday reported 44 new coronavirus cases. In a statement, the Health Ministry said the latest daily figure, including 35 local cases, raised...

Primary schools reopen in Kashmir after COVID-19 break

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir  Primary schools reopened in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday after more than one-and-a-half years. Schools and other educational institutions closed in Jammu and Kashmir in March last year...

France reports over 26,300 new COVID-19 cases

By Yusuf Ozcan PARIS France registered 26,343 new novel coronavirus cases, bringing its tally to over 4.07 million, health authorities said Sunday. Another 140 people lost the battle against the virus in...

AstraZeneca reiterates safety of vaccine amid concerns

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca issued a statement Sunday reiterating the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine based on scientific evidence amid concerns over reports of people developing blood clots after receiving...

Ireland suspends Oxford vaccine rollout over clot fears

LONDON Following similar moves by other EU countires last week, Ireland on Sunday suspended the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine over fears of serious blood clots. After consulting with the Norwegian...

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Russia demands 1M illegal migrants to leave country

MOSCOW Russian Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy asked the leadership of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to work with their residents who are illegally...

Turkish minority decries Dendias' identity remarks

KOMOTINI, Greece  Comments by Greece’s foreign minister regarding the identity of the Muslim Turkish minority in Western Thrace during a visit to Ankara drew strong...

Russia expelling 10 US diplomats in retaliation for sanctions

MOSCOW In a tit-for-tat response to the US sanctions, Russia on Friday said it will ask 10 US diplomats to leave the country and take...

NATO urges Russia not to restrict free navigation in Black Sea

ANKARA NATO on Friday voiced concern over Russia's plans to restrict access to some parts of the Black Sea and Kerch Strait. "This would be an...

Turkish president speaks over phone with NATO chief

ANKARA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday spoke over the phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to Turkey's Communication Directorate. Erdogan and Stoltenberg...