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Iran extends flights ban to UK over virus strain

TEHRAN  Iran said on Sunday it has extended a ban on flights from and to the UK till Jan. 19 over fear from the new coronavirus variant, the semi-official Fars...

Palestine urges UN protection from settler attacks

RAMALLAH, Palestine Palestine’s prime minister on Monday called for UN protection from Israeli settler attacks in the occupied West Bank. “It is worrying that the aggression is happening under the...

Iran: Court sentences Azerbaijani human rights activist

ANKARA  An Iranian court on Monday sentenced an activist to six years in prison for propaganda against the Syrian regime and membership to an opposition front. Ali Azizi, an Iranian-origin Azerbaijani...

Saudi king calls Gulf leaders to attend GCC summit

ANKARA Saudi Arabia on Saturday instructed the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) top official to invite member countries' leaders to a summit slated for Jan. 5, 2021. The body's 41st summit is...

Saudi Arabia, UAE hacked journalists' phones: Report

ANKARA Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have hacked the phones of dozens of journalists using spy software developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, according to a report...

Iraq’s central bank devalues national currency

BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq's Central Bank has devalued the national currency against the US dollar by almost 20 percent. The bank said on Sunday that the exchange rate will be set...

Syrian regime’s claim of cutting water supply not true

By Sarp Ozer ANKARA Syrian regime’s propaganda that the water in Allouk water station, which meets the need of the Hasakah region, was cut off deliberately, does not reflect the truth,...

Baghdad, Kurdish region govt reach deal on 2021 budget

BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq’s central government has reached an agreement with northern Iraq’s Kurdish Region Government (KRG) on the country's 2021 budget, Baghdad’s finance minister announced on Saturday. But in his announcement,...

Qatar celebrates national day amid virus measures

DOHA, Qatar Qatar celebrates on Friday its national day with a range of events, including a military parade, amid strict coronavirus measures. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani congratulated his...

Nuclear talks with Iran to continue: Top EU diplomat

BERLIN Nuclear talks with Iran will continue this week despite widely condemned execution of dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, the EU's foreign police chief said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference...

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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,...