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Malaysia, Singapore cancel high-speed railway project

KUALA LUMPUR  Singapore and Malaysia terminated a multibillion dollar high-speed rail project Friday due to a dispute between the two countries. The administrations of the two countries could not reach an...

US: Fauci says COVID vaccine rollout 'disappointing'

WASHINGTON Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said Thursday the US effort to rollout COVID-19 vaccines to Americans has so far been lackluster. About 12.4 million doses of...

Turkish-Russian joint center to be ready in 2 weeks

BAKU The construction of the Turkish-Russian joint monitoring center will be completed in two weeks, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Thursday. “The sooner the Monitoring Center starts operating, the better,...

Mexico leaves behind troubled, challenging year

MEXICO For Mexico, like the rest of the world, the coronavirus pandemic took the spotlight throughout the year, affecting the country profoundly and shedding light on longstanding socio-economic and health...

Sudan takes control of borders with Ethiopia

KHARTOUM Sudan’s foreign minister on Thursday said his country has taken control of the entire borders with Ethiopia. In a news conference, Omar Qamar al-Din said: “The Sudanese army took control...

Germany: COVID-19 cases rise over 30,000 once again

BERLIN Germany on Thursday reported its second-highest daily total of coronavirus infections, with 32,552 new cases along with 964 new deaths. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 5,648 coronavirus patients...

Afghan health minister ‘resigns’ amid corruption charges

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghanistan's health minister has resigned in connection with a corruption scandal involving his brother and a number of other relatives, the country’s presidency said on Thursday. Dawa Khan Menapal,...

Spain, UK reach last-minute deal on Gibraltar

OVIEDO, Spain Spain and the United Kingdom reached a last-minute preliminary deal on the status of post-Brexit Gibraltar, the Spanish foreign minister said on Thursday. The agreement came just hours before...

'Africa actively working to secure COVID-19 vaccines'

ANKARA The African continent has been actively working to secure vaccines against the novel coronavirus amid a surge in case numbers, the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control...

Ukraine to buy 1.9M doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine

KIEV Ukraine signed a contract to buy over 1.9 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19, the authorities announced on Wednesday. A statement by the presidential office said the Ukrainian...

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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,...