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Ukraine to buy 1.9M doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine

KIEV Ukraine signed a contract to buy over 1.9 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19, the authorities announced on Wednesday. A statement by the presidential office said the Ukrainian...

EU, China agree on investment deal in principle

ANKARA EU officials on Wednesday held a videoconference with Chinese President Xi Jinping where they concluded an investment deal “in principle”. “Today, the EU & China concluded in principle negotiations on...

Russia extends UK flights ban over new virus variant

MOSCOW Russia on Monday extended the suspension of air traffic with the UK till Jan.12, as a new coronavirus variant said to be more contagious spreads across the world. The decision...

Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat in retaliatory move

MOSCOW In a retaliatory move, Russia on Monday declared Bulgarian military attache in Moscow persona non grata. In a statement on its official website, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Bulgaria's Military...

Sweden: YouTube bans far-right channel

STOCKHOLM YouTube on Monday removed a channel that belongs to a right-wing group in Sweden, according to local media. The channel, Swebbtv, gives a platform to well-known right-wing extremists and conspiracy...

2 consecutive earthquakes rattle Croatia

BELGRADE, Serbia Two earthquakes rattled central Croatia and the capital Zagreb, the Croatian Seismology Center said on Monday. The quakes, with magnitudes 5.2 and 4.9 jolted the central cities and the...

EU ambassadors unanimously approve post-Brexit trade deal

ANKARA  Ambassadors of the EU member states in Brussels on Monday approved the post- Brexit trade deal between the bloc and the UK. 
“EU Ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application...

Spain: Logistical issues delay Pfizer vaccine delivery

OVIEDO, Spain  A shipment of 350,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to Spain has been postponed one day to Tuesday, the county’s health minister said on Monday. In an interview with...

Coronavirus vaccination begins in Belgium

BRUSSELS People in Belgium Monday received the first COVID-19 vaccines developed by BioNTech/Pfizer, after it was approved by the European Medicine Agency last week. Belgium's first vaccine was given to 96-year-old...

Belarus set to deliberate on constitutional reform

MOSCOW  Belarus will hold a meeting of All-Belarusian People's Assembly in February next year to discuss constitutional reforms, the country’s President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced on Monday. Lukashenko called the assembly "a...

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Bosnian minister says more women needed in government

BELGRADE, Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina's first headscarf-wearing minister said Wednesday that women should be more involved in government.  "There are four women in the current cantonal...

UAE ratifies visa exemption agreement with Israel

ISTANBUL  The United Arab Emirates approved a visa exemption agreement with Israel on Wednesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  The agreement will come into...

NBA: Rockets trade James Harden to Nets

ANKARA The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, NBA insider Shams Charania announced Wednesday.  “Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal...

Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – January 14, 2021

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.   Coronavirus...

‘Cyprus solution must be based on sovereign equality'

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  An official negotiation process on the Cyprus issue can only be started for a solution based on sovereign equality,...