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US downplays possibility of quick return to Iran nuke deal

WASHINGTON  Significant gaps remain between the US and Iran on a mutual return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior State Department official said Thursday in a stark...

Libya crisis manipulated by external powers, says Libya's envoy to UN

ISTANBUL Libya's Ambassador to the UN Taher Al-Sunni said on Thursday that his country's crisis is being manipulated by international powers to settle other scores. “Our crisis is a...

Biden slams dramatic rise in anti-Semitic attacks

WASHINGTON US President Joe Biden sharply denounced on Friday a dramatic spike in anti-Semitic attacks aimed at "targeting and terrorizing" Jewish-Americans.  Biden pointed to attacks that have taken place across the...

Israeli premier appoints new head of Mossad

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the appointment Monday of David Barnea as the new head of the country’s intelligence service Mossad.  According to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Netanyahu chose Barnea,...

Ethiopia decries US decision to restrict visas to officials, army

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The Ethiopian government on Monday condemned a decision by the US to slap visa restrictions on current and former government officials and members of the military in...

Biden sends top diplomat to Middle East amid Gaza ceasefire

WASHINGTON US President Joe Biden announced Monday he is sending his top diplomat to the Middle East to meet with top regional officials following last week’s ceasefire between Israel and...

Palestine calls for sanctions, arms embargo on Israel at UN event

WASHINGTON Addressing a UN event on Sunday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called Israeli attacks on occupied territories of Palestine "war crimes" and urged the UN Security Council to impose...

China urges US to 'adjust' position on Israel-Palestine tensions

WASHIGNTON China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the US to "adjust" its position on Israel-Palestine tensions on Sunday. Speaking at a virtual debate of UN Security Council on Palestine, Wang...

Israeli government, army commanders are 'war criminals': Former Israeli army pilot

JERUSALEM The Israeli government and army commanders are "war criminals," a former Israeli Air Force pilot, who was discharged from the army in 2003, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive...

Israel kills 42 Palestinians in overnight raids on Gaza residential area

GAZA CITY, Palestine Israeli warplanes carried out heavy airstrikes on a residential area in Gaza City at dawn on Sunday, leaving at least 42 Palestinians killed, with most of them...

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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...