Day: July 11, 2020

More COVID-19 Cases in Syria’s Overcrowded Rebel Enclave

July 11, 2020

At least two doctors in Syria’s opposition-held northwest have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a monitoring group Saturday, raising the total number of cases in the overcrowded rebel enclave to three. The Syrian opposition and militant groups control the Idlib area, which is home to more than 3 million people, most of them […]

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Global Church Council Voices ‘Grief and Dismay’ at Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Decision

July 11, 2020

The World Council of Churches, which represents 350 Christian churches, said Saturday it wrote to Turkey’s president expressing “grief and dismay” over his decision to turn the Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque. “Hagia Sophia has been a place of openness, encounter and inspiration for people from all nations and religions” since 1934 when […]

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Tanzania: Discovery of gemstones turns a miner rich overnight

July 11, 2020

A small-scale semiliterate artisanal miner in the East African country of Tanzania became a millionaire overnight after his mining team unearthed the world’s two largest rough Tanzanite gemstones.   On a searing Sunday morning last month, Saniniu Laizer, 52, got a call from his son, who was supervising laborers at a mining pit, telling him […]

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Focus on low-performing students will add $6.3T to Turkish economy

July 11, 2020

Turkey has seen good progress over the last decade, not just enrolling more students in education but also raising the learning standards of these students, said Andreas Schleicher, founder of Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).   “I am hopeful that Turkey will see further improvements in the years to come,” he added.   Schleicher, […]

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Kashmir embedded in China’s goal for supremacy: Author

July 11, 2020

Dragon Fire, a novel by British author Humphrey Hawksley, written 20 years ago depicted a war erupting between China, India and Pakistan, drawing many other countries and then escalating into a nuclear catastrophe.   In the wake of the recent India-China border standoff that resulted in the killing of 20 Indian soldiers, Hawksley, a former […]

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Photography enthusiasts to bid for prized photos by Ara Guler

July 11, 2020

An online auction will sell 46 prized works of renowned Turkish-Armenian photographer Ara Guler on Sunday, according to the head of an Istanbul auction house.   Ugur Yegin, a Turkish art collector and owner of Istanbul Muzayede, an auction house in the Turkish metropolis, told Anadolu Agency that Guler’s photographs had never been auctioned in […]

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Saudi prince suspect in Khashoggi murder case: UN official

July 11, 2020

A UN official has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was a prime suspect in the case of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.   In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said even though she […]

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4G balloons bring hope of connectivity in remote Kenya

July 11, 2020

The balloons carrying routers to allow 4G internet links to sleepy Baringo town and adjoining villages in Kenya have brought a new hope of connectivity in the region.   This project conceived by the Kenyan government is aimed at enhancing 4G network coverage in rural areas where telecommunications towers are not present.   Three weeks […]

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