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Day: May 14, 2020

EXCLUSIVE – ‘Coronavirus and unabated violence creating havoc in Kashmir’

May 14, 2020

Expressing concern at the rapid transmission of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic in Indian-administered Kashmir, President of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan has said that India is utilizing the time to increase operations on the ground and wipe out Kashmir from the international diplomatic agenda.   In an exclusive interaction with the Asia-Pacific Desk of Turkish […]

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Turkish relief agency helps Muslims in Spain

May 14, 2020

Turkey’s state-run aid agency helped 100 families in Spain as part of its Ramadan campaign in the Muslim holy month. According to a statement by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), some 100 families in Granada receive food packages including rice, flour, pasta, sugar and oil every Friday throughout the fasting month. Many families […]

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Istanbul Film Festival to begin online from Friday

May 14, 2020

Turkey’s prestigious Istanbul Film Festival will begin online from Friday, with 15 selected films set to entertain the public from May 15-29.   The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), originally scheduled from April 10-21, was postponed earlier amid fears of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.   “The […]

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US first access to virus vaccine unacceptable: France

May 14, 2020

A top French official on Thursday said it would be “unacceptable” for the US to be given priority access to a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Deputy Finance Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher’s comments came a day after the head of French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi suggested the company may give any successful COVID-19 vaccine it develops to […]

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Swiss firm Roche in talks with UK over antibody tests

May 14, 2020

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche said Thursday that one of its antibody tests for COVID-19 has successfully completed an independent evaluation by Public Health England that is reliable and precise. “Roche Diagnostics is in dialogue with the NHS [National Health Service] and the UK Government about a phased rollout of the test as soon as possible,” […]

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Fasting might be beneficial for heart patients: Expert

May 14, 2020

Heart patients can fast by observing a balanced diet and continue their medication without disruption, and even fasting once a month may reduce vascular stiffness, according to an expert. Bilal Boztosun, who heads the cardiology department at Medipol Mega University Hospital in the Turkish metropolitan city of Istanbul, said heart patients who are fasting, compared […]

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New herbaceous plant species discovered in NE Turkey

May 14, 2020

A new plant belonging to the perennial herbaceous family Bellevalia has been discovered in northeastern Turkey. The article telling the world about the plant, published in the journal Phytotaxa, gave its scientific name as Bellevalia bayburtensis, after Bayburt, the province where it was discovered. The native plant was added to herbariums through joint research by […]

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Khashoggi’s fiancee pens open letter to Newcastle fans

May 14, 2020

The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday posted an open letter to fans of Newcastle United FC, urging them to oppose a proposed Saudi takeover of the English Premier league club.   “I write to you at a crucial time in the history of your famous football club. Crown Prince Mohammed bin […]

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