Day: December 16, 2020

S. African bodies decry forced cremation in Sri Lanka

December 16, 2020

Muslim groups in South Africa have written to their government asking for an intervention to stop Sri Lanka from forcibly cremating Muslims dying of the novel coronavirus.   A letter seen by Anadolu Agency addressed to Naledi Pandor, minister of international relations and cooperation, requests her to help intervene in the matter.   “We accordingly, […]

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Virus transmission in Europe ‘widespread, intense’: WHO

December 16, 2020

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that COVID-19 transmission across the European region remains “widespread and intense,” urging people to wear masks at Christmas family gatherings.   “It may feel awkward to wear masks and practice physical distancing when around friends and family, but doing so contributes significantly to ensuring that everyone remains safe and […]

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‘Youngest soldiers’: Pakistani envoy leads tributes to Peshawar school martyrs

December 16, 2020

The Pakistani ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday led a prayer meeting for martyrs of a 2014 school attack in Pakistan.   “This carnage is one of the most tragic events in our history, which left every Pakistani in utter shock and grief,” Syrus Sajjad Qazi told the gathering in the Turkish capital of Ankara.   […]

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US: Biden to name heads of energy, climate departments

December 16, 2020

US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick Jennifer Granholm to be his energy secretary and Gina McCarthy as the head of newly-formed Office of Domestic Climate Policy, according to reports.   Former Michigan Governor Granholm worked from 2003 until the end of 2010 to diversify the state’s economy, which is based primarily on automotive […]

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Turkish-German vaccine founders FT’s People of the Year

December 16, 2020

Ozlem Tureci and Ugur Sahin, who shed a bright light over billions of people across the world by developing Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, are named the People of the Year by British daily the Financial Times.   “By developing a Covid vaccine in less than a year, the couple achieved a remarkable scientific and business success,” the […]

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Iran’s Khamenei warns gov’t against trusting US

December 16, 2020

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei made his first public appearance on Wednesday after weeks of speculations regarding his health, using the occasion to warn his government against trusting the United States.   Speaking in a meeting with organizers of an event to commemorate the first anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani, Khamenei […]

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Cuba condemns ‘unilateral’ US sanctions on Turkey

December 16, 2020

Cuba on Wednesday condemned “unilateral” US sanctions against Turkey over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense system.   “#Cuba strongly condemns US unilateral measures against Turkey, showing once again this country’s continued disrespect for International Law and the UN Charter,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said on Twitter.   Rodriguez’s message was also echoed […]

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Pandemic claims additional 26 lives in Palestine

December 16, 2020

Palestine confirmed additional 26 fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.   In a statement, Palestinian Health Ministry said 16 deaths were reported in the occupied West Bank and 10 in the Gaza Strip.   The ministry said 2,525 people tested positive for the virus, taking the overall tally to 131,037 cases, including 1,156 deaths, […]

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