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Rioters defy curfew in Nigeria

Nigerian authorities struggled to halt looting across the country on Sunday as crowds defied curfew orders to ransack government warehouses in the latest in a wave of unrest sweeping Africa’s most populous nation. The country’s police chief has ordered the immediate mobilization of al


Saudi Arabia Condemns Kabul Bombing

Saudi Arabia strongly condemned on Sunday the terrorist bombing that targeted an education center in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. The Foreign Ministry underscored the Kingdom’s rejection of such criminal operations, stressing that it stands by Afghanistan against all violent, extremis


Huge Suicide Attack in Kabul Kills 18 at Education Center

The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including students, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education center in western Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said that the


Fire Breaks Out at Iranian Petrochemical Facility

Firefighting teams extinguished a fire that broke out after an explosion at a petrochemical complex in a port in southwestern Iran Friday. No casualties were reported, according to the official IRNA news agency. "At 15:45, a fire broke out in the aromatic unit in the petrochemical complex i


Peace in Afghanistan will enhance regional connectivity: Imran

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that peace in Afghanistan will benefit the two neighbours by opening new avenues for cooperation and enhance connectivity with other Central Asian countries. Khan made the remarks during talks on Friday with Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the Wolesi Jir


Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental checks’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday slammed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over his policies toward Muslims, saying that he needed "mental checks." "What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, h


Iran’s top leader says fighting virus trumps other concerns

 Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday urged authorities to prioritize public health above any economic or security concerns, amid the Mideast’s worst outbreak of the coronavirus.Iran’s death toll from the global pandemic topped 32,000 this week. The government has resisted a to


Indonesian unions vow mass protests if president signs jobs law

Indonesia’s workers will stage further mass protests across the country if President Joko Widodo signs new jobs measures into law next week, the head of the main labor group said on Saturday.“It is the exploitation of labor that we’re against,” said the head of the Confeder


Suicide bomber kills 18 in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber struck near an education centre in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least 18 people in the latest attack to rock the conflict-wracked country.Violence on the ground has spiked in recent weeks despite the Taliban and the Afghan government holding peace talks in Qatar to e


Iran’s Khamenei Calls for Strict Penalties for COVID Offenders

Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei called on Saturday for strict punishments for violators of COVID-19 restrictions as the region’s hardest-hit nation battled a third wave. Latest officials figures showed the coronavirus had killed 32,320 Iranians and infected 562,705, with 5,814 new


Turkey Rejects UAE Peace Agreement, Bids for Haifa Port

A Turkish company is bidding to take over Israel’s Haifa port, competing with the United Arab Emirates on the move, sources in Tel Aviv said Friday. The bid came at a time when Turkey has joined Qatar and Iran in their campaign against the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement that was signed in


Istanbul Mayor in Hospital after Positive Virus Test

Istanbul's mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Saturday he has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus and suffering a fever. "Yesterday evening around 9 p.m. I got a fever and with a temperature of 38 degrees. I came and spent the night in hospital," he said in a video apparently filme


Iran Reports Record 6,134 New Virus Cases

Iran’s health ministry on Friday reported a record 6,134 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 556,891. Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 335 people had died from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing total fatalities to 3


Nigeria president warns protesters as unrest flares

Nigeria’s president has urged an end to unrest sweeping the country but avoided mentioning the police shooting of unarmed demonstrators that sparked international condemnation and unleashed chaos in Africa’s biggest city. Lagos has seen shootings, looted shops and a prison set ablaze


'Turkey to continue to back local Armenian community'

Turkey will continue to support the country’s Armenian community, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.  "As it was until today, so it shall be that we will continue to support the [local] Armenian community, which is an important color of richness that makes Turkey strong," Er


Turkey Dispatches Reinforcements to Southern Idlib amid Russian Airstrikes

Turkey has dispatched military reinforcements to the military base near Qoqfin hill in the southern countryside of Idlib as Russia continued to target the People's Protection Units at the Turkish border with Al-Hasakah. Three Turkish military columns including 35 vehicles carrying military and lo


Heavy Rain Causes Landslide in Indonesia, Killing 11 Miners

Intense rains caused a landslide at a coal mine on Indonesia's Sumatra island that killed 11 miners, authorities said Thursday. The slide occurred Wednesday in a mine tunnel about 20 meters (65 feet) deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district of South Sumatra province, according to Nat


Turkish Foreign Ministry Slams Joint Statement by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

Turkey’s foreign ministry has slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt condemning Turkish actions in northern Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. The ministry, in a statement Thursday, said it “fully rejected the declaration containing baseless accusations and allegatio




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