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

Iran Summons Swiss Envoy Over US Election Claim

Iran summoned the Swiss envoy on Thursday to protest against what it called "baseless" US claims that Tehran has tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election in November. "Iran's strong rejection of American officials' repetitive, baseless, and false claims was conveyed to the Swiss amb

Pakistan warns of new lockdown as deaths rise

Pakistan’s military-backed National Command and Operation Center has issued a warning that another lockdown could be imposed to contain COVID-19 deaths if people don't stop violating social distancing rules. The announcement on Wednesday came after Pakistan reported 660 new confirmed cases

Nigerian security forces shoot at protesters in Lagos

Nigerian security forces opened fire on a protest site in Lagos, intensifying violence before a 24-hour lockdown was imposed to quell rallies against police brutality. At least three people died in the shooting, local media reported. Amnesty International said there was "credible but disturbing

Iran health minister urges tougher COVID action as new cases soar

  Iran’s health minister appealed on Wednesday for more public and government support to enforce restrictions aimed at stemming a third major outbreak of coronavirus infections as new cases set a daily record of 5,039. “Everyone should know that I, as health minister, cannot b

Turkey Accuses Minsk Group Leaders of Supplying Arms to Armenia

Turkey has accused the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)– co-chaired by France, Russia and the US, of supplying Armenia with all kinds of weapons in its conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. “What happened in

Indonesians Take to the Streets to Protest New Labor Law

Protests against Indonesia's new jobs law were held in cities across the country on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on the president to revoke the legislation they say will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. More than 1,000 students and workers gathered near the Presiden

Iran Registers More Than 5,000 COVID-19 Cases In One Day

Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission. Iran’s health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pus

Coronavirus violations blamed for Pakistan death rise

A Cabinet minister says Pakistan has witnessed a 140 percent increase in fatalities from COVID-19 in recent weeks due to widespread violations of social distancing rules.Asad Umar, the planning and development minister who oversees Pakistan’s response to coronavirus, warned on Twitter &ldquo

Iran admits official virus toll is untrue

Iranian authorities have admitted for the first time that their official figures for coronavirus cases do not reflect the true scale of the outbreak.The admission came as Iran’s daily death toll from COVID-19 again set a record, with 337 fatalities on Monday. The previous high was 279, last

Turkey reports over 1,900 new coronavirus patients

Turkey registered 1,958 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data released on Monday. The country’s overall tally now stands at 349,519, the ministry reported. Some 1,424 more patients recovered over the past day, raising the count to 305,427, while t

Pakistan police arrest son-in-law of former premier Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani police arrested the son-in-law of the country’s exiled former Nawaz Sharif on Monday after he led a crowd in chanting against the military at the tomb of the country’s founder.The arrest of Mohammad Safdar comes as Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party has joined a seri

Iran Again Breaks Its Single-Day Record for Virus Deaths

Iran recorded its worst day of new deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 337 confirmed dead on Monday. The grim milestone represents a significant spike from the previous single-day death toll record of 279. Fatalities have soared in recent weeks, as authorities struggle to co

Turkey Withdraws from its Largest Military Post In Syria's Hama

Turkey began withdrawing its troops from the “ninth” military observation point in Morek city, in northwestern Syria, as vehicles and trucks were seen entering the facility and moving soldiers to another location. The Turkish forces stationed in Morek, which is under the control of th

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