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Turkey continues to evacuate nationals abroad

SANLIURFA, Turkey  An additional 373 people were placed under 14-day quarantine in this province Friday after returning from abroad amid the novel coronavirus.     The provincial governorate said 100 were brought...

Mosques reopen in virus-hit Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY, Palestine Palestinian authorities reopened mosques in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs, however, decided...

Amid Oxford snag, Chinese vaccines in spotlight

ANKARA With the Oxford vaccine trials in seemingly choppy waters, at least three Chinese companies have unveiled their COVID-19 vaccines. China National Biotec Group (CNBG) and Sinovac Biotech displayed their vaccines...

Kuwait holds 1st Friday prayer after virus lockdown

KUWAIT Kuwaitis performed the first Friday prayer in mosques after three months of suspension, in a measure taken to stem the spread of coronavirus. Kuwait's state TV broadcasted the Friday sermon...

Cuban capital takes strict measures amid COVID-19

By Sinan Dogan ANKARA Authorities in Cuba’s capital ordered a 15-day lockdown Tuesday to combat the novel coronavirus. According to local media, the government declared a strict quarantine in Havana until Sept....

Iran sees lowest daily COVID-19 case in nearly 2 months

ANKARA A total of 802 more people in Iran tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily number of coronavirus cases in 54 days, bringing the...

Algeria, Yemen report more coronavirus deaths

ISTANBUL  Algeria and Yemen reported more coronavirus deaths and cases Thursday.    Algeria’s Health Ministry said nine more people died over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 741.  Around...

India: Daily virus cases breach 20,000 mark for 1st time

NEW DELHI  Daily coronavirus cases in India hit a record high on Friday, breaching the 20,000 mark for the first time since the country’s first cases in January. With 20,903 new...

Mutated COVID-19 doesn't undo vaccines' effects: Expert

ANKARA  The mutated novel coronavirus strain found that reportedly emerged recently in the UK has so far only affected its rate of infection and appears to remain susceptible to the...

Half of Spain eases lockdown as deaths drop again

OVIEDO, Spain As slightly over half of Spain’s population wakes up Monday to eased lockdown measures, the country saw new deaths and infections drop to lows not seen for weeks. On...

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Bosnian minister says more women needed in government

BELGRADE, Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina's first headscarf-wearing minister said Wednesday that women should be more involved in government.  "There are four women in the current cantonal...

UAE ratifies visa exemption agreement with Israel

ISTANBUL  The United Arab Emirates approved a visa exemption agreement with Israel on Wednesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  The agreement will come into...

NBA: Rockets trade James Harden to Nets

ANKARA The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, NBA insider Shams Charania announced Wednesday.  “Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal...

Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – January 14, 2021

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.   Coronavirus...

‘Cyprus solution must be based on sovereign equality'

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  An official negotiation process on the Cyprus issue can only be started for a solution based on sovereign equality,...