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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...

No need to stop use of 'excellent' AstraZeneca jab: WHO

GENEVA Amid concerns over side effects and suspension of its use in several countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said the AstraZeneca vaccine is “excellent” and the world...

Thailand suspends use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

ANKARA Thailand on Friday suspended the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine following a ban in several European countries over reports of severe or fatal blood clots in vaccinated people. The country's...

Greece registers most daily virus cases in weeks

ATHENS Greece registered 3,215 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a record since the beginning of the year, with the most occurring in the capital. Athens recorded 1,572 new cases, nearly half the...

France reports over 21,000 new COVID-19 cases

France registered 21,825 new novel coronavirus cases, bringing its tally to over 3.9 million, health authorities said Sunday. Another 130 people lost the battle against the virus in the last...

Global herd immunity to take 2-3 years: Chinese expert

ANKARA Global herd immunity against COVID-19 will take two to three years, China’s top respiratory disease expert said. “With the development and marketing of vaccines, it will take at least two...

India may not see a second COVID-19 wave: Expert

NEW DELHI India may not see a second wave of coronavirus cases although there may be small increases in new infections, according to India's leading virologist T. Jacob John. India's graph...

22 deaths recorded from Lassa fever in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria A total of 22 people in Nigeria have died from a Lassa fever outbreak since January, authorities said Saturday. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Nigerian agency...

Iran receives first batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

TEHRAN, Iran Iran received the first consignment of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm on Sunday, as the country surpassed 60,000 deaths from the pandemic. The cargo of 250,000 doses of the...

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Turkish, Iranian leaders discuss Israeli attacks on Palestine

ANKARA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday discussed ongoing Israel's attacks on Palestine on phone. According to a statement...

Palestinian women lead resistance against Israeli occupation

JERUSALEM Palestinian women are leading the resistance against Israel's forced migration and threats of displacement in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. While the...

Bosniak leader says his country does not support Israel

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina A Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidential Council on Sunday reacted to the Israeli premier's tweet thanking nations for supporting Israel against...

Violence returns to Afghanistan after brief truce

KABUL, Afghanistan Fighting resumed in Afghanistan on Sunday on the heels of a brief three-day truce declared by the Taliban and reciprocated by the Afghan...

Israel bombards ministry buildings in Gaza

GAZA, Palestine Israeli warplanes on Sunday bombarded two buildings in Gaza Strip that had offices of Palestinian labor and social development ministries, the government's media...