Day: December 27, 2020

Turkish Airlines to start requiring PCR submissions as of Dec 30

December 27, 2020

Turkish Airlines will begin requiring passengers on overseas flights to submit negative PCR tests as of Dec. 30, the national flag carrier announced late on Saturday.   According to a statement posted on the company’s official social media accounts, the requirement will come into effect with a two-day delay from the previously announced date.   […]

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Turkish defense chief meets top Libyan officials

December 27, 2020

Turkey top defense official on Saturday met with the Chairman of Libya’s High Council of State in a visit to Libya.   Accompanied by Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler and other military commanders, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met with Libya’s Chairman of the High Council of State Khalid al-Mishri, Defense Minister […]

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Iran: 8 dead, several missing in Alborz after blizzard

December 27, 2020

At least eight mountaineers have been confirmed dead Saturday and several others remain missing in the Alborz mountains north of the capital Tehran after heavy snowfall and a blizzard.   The Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said in a statement that eight bodies were recovered so far while efforts continue to trace others missing in […]

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COVID-19 cases, fatalities on rise in Arab countries

December 27, 2020

Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Palestine announced more fatalities linked to the novel coronavirus on Saturday as they continued efforts to contain the disease.   – Saudi Arabia   The Saudi Health Ministry reported that eight more people died due to the virus, with 163 new cases identified.   Total deaths in the country caused by […]

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India: Farmers take up gov’t offer for fresh talks

December 27, 2020

Protesting farmers in India agreed on Saturday to hold talks with the government as thousands continue to camp on the borders around the capital New Delhi, demanding a rollback of three new farm laws passed earlier this year.   Addressing a press conference on Saturday evening, leaders representing 40 farmer groups said they proposed to […]

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Pakistan rejects Modi’s claim of democracy in Kashmir

December 27, 2020

Pakistan on Saturday rejected the Indian prime minister’s claim of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir and termed it “preposterous and fallacious.”   In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the RSS-BJP (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Bharatiya Janata Party) brand of democracy only means the muzzling of the Kashmiri voice and will, under the bayonets of Indian army […]

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UPDATE – Co-founder: BioNTech ‘very happy’ to help Turkey

December 27, 2020

German company BioNTech is “very happy” to be able to help Turkey, the firm’s Turkish-origin co-founder said Saturday after a recent procurement deal for novel coronavirus vaccines.   “Turkey is our homeland. We’re very happy to be able to help people in Turkey,” Dr. Ugur Sahin told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview a day […]

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Tanzania’s landmark House of Wonders partly collapses

December 27, 2020

A major historical landmark known as Beit-al-Ajaib, the House of Wonders in Zanzibar, Tanzania has partially collapsed, local media reported Saturday.   Constructed in 1883, the historical building in Stone Town attracted tourists from around the world.   Listed as a World Heritage site since 2000, the monument was undergoing restoration at a cost of […]

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