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Turkey gives nearly 45M coronavirus vaccine shots

June 25, 2021

Turkey has administered nearly 45 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, according to official figures released on Thursday. More than 30 million people have received their first doses, while over 14.6 million have been fully vaccinated, showed the Health Ministry count. As of Thursday morning, 5.78 million […]

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Turkey: Sectoral confidence rises in June

June 25, 2021

Confidence in Turkey’s key sectors improved on a monthly basis in June, the country’s statistical authority reported on Thursday. Among all sub-indices, the services sector index posted the largest rise with 6.2% to 108.5 this month thanks to the easing of lockdown restrictions after mid-May as coronavirus cases and fatalities continue to ebb nationwide. The […]

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New Israeli government approves construction in Jewish settlements

June 25, 2021

The new coalition government formed in Israel, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, approved a project on Wednesday for the construction of 31 new buildings in illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. The Supreme Planning Subcommittee of the Civil Administration under the Defense Ministry examined the project before approving it, local media reported. […]

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NGOs in Syria oppose Russia’s attempt to block aid

June 25, 2021

A total of 81 local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carrying out aid work in Syria issued a joint statement Wednesday rejecting Russia’s intention to block aid to the country, which is in the midst of a civil war. NGOs operating in Syria issued a joint press release opposing the closure of the Bab al-Hawa […]

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Military helicopter crashes in NW Philippines

June 25, 2021

A Philippines army helicopter crashed during a night-flying exercise over the Pampanga province in the northwest of capital Manila, state-run media said on Thursday. Three pilots and three airmen were aboard, and so far, no survivors have been found, Philippine News Agency, citing the country Air Force, said in a statement. “Last night, June 23, […]

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44 asylum seekers, 2 suspected facilitators held in Aegean Sea

June 25, 2021

Turkish coastal authorities held 44 asylum seekers in the Aegean Sea as they tried to cross into Europe, along with their two suspected facilitators, said the Coast Guard Command on Thursday. A coast guard team detected a luxury sailing boat carrying asylum seekers at night off the coast of Seferihisar district of Izmir province, it […]

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Injury-hit Harden out of US basketball team’s Olympics squad

June 25, 2021

Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden reportedly withdrew from the US national basketball team’s Olympics squad Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. “Nets‘ James Harden has withdrawn from Team USA coming off his hamstring injury during the postseason, sources said,” NBA insider Shams Charania said on Twitter. In a separate tweet, Charania said Chicago Bulls All-Star […]

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US sharply denounces reported airstrike on Tigray market

June 25, 2021

The US voiced grave concern Wednesday over an airstrike on a village market in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region that reportedly led to dozens of civilian deaths. State Department spokesman Ned Price strongly condemned “this reprehensible act,” saying there are also “credible reports that security forces denied medical personnel access to the victims of this terrible […]

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