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Turkish president vows to end dependence on foreign defense goods

ANKARA Turkey’s president vowed Thursday to eliminate the nation’s dependence on foreign-made defense products. “We will continue to increase our investments in the defense industry until we completely free our...

Kartal Tibet, veteran Turkish film actor, dies aged 83

ISTANBUL  Kartal Tibet, a distinguished Turkish actor and screenwriter, has died at the age of 83. “Goodbye, my brother Kartal, I will miss you so much,” wrote actor Civan Canova on...

Magnitude 5.3 quake rattles southwestern Turkey

ANKARA  A magnitude-5.3 earthquake struck Turkey’s southwestern province of Mugla, the country's disaster agency said early Tuesday.  The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake struck 11.4 kilometers (7.08...

Turkey administers over 1.2M COVID-19 vaccine shots in 24 hours

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey administered over 1.2 million shots of COVID-19 vaccines over the past day, according to official figures released on Monday. More than 42.7 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been...

Turkey's gas reserve volumes in Black Sea expected to rise

ISTANBUL  The increasing exploration and drilling efforts for new wells after Turkey's Fatih drillship discovered 405 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in the Black Sea is about to...

Turkey administers over 29.78M vaccine shots to date

ANKARA Turkey has so far administered over 29.78 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, according to official figures released on Thursday. More...

Turkey opens new mosque in popular Istanbul square

ISTANBUL Turkey's president on Friday inaugurated a new mosque in Istanbul's popular Taksim Square. "Our mosque has already taken its distinguished place among the symbols of Istanbul," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...

Turkey registers almost 10,500 new coronavirus cases

ANKARA Turkey reported more than 10,500 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the Health Ministry said, as the country is set to lift its 17-day full lockdown in the coming hours. A...

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 office said. In a statement, media...

Turkey to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday

ISTANBUL With COVID-19 case numbers falling thanks to a strict lockdown, Turkey will gradually lift restrictions starting on Monday, according to an official announcement. An Interior Ministry statement early Sunday said...

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EU drugs regulator recommends Moderna vaccine for children 12-17

ANKARA The European Medicine Agency (EMA) on Friday authorized the US' Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12-17. The EMA "has recommended granting an...

Turkey has administered over 65M COVID-19 vaccine shots

ANKARA Turkey has administered more than 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in January, according to figures released...

2020 Tokyo Olympics officially starts with opening ceremony

ANKARA The Olympic Games started with the opening ceremony in a near-empty National Stadium in the Japanese capital Tokyo in the shadow of COVID-19 on...

Afghanistan recalls ambassador from Pakistan over kidnapping incident

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghanistan recalled its ambassador from Pakistan days after the envoy's daughter was abducted and “severely tortured” in the capital Islamabad, Afghan officials...

Army retakes town from al-Shabaab terrorists in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia Somali security forces on Sunday retook a town in the country’s central Mudug region from terrorist group al-Shabaab, officials said. "The Gorgor commandos of...