Turkey reports over 2,000 new coronavirus patients

Turkey registered 2,198 new coronavirus patients over the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data released on Monday.  The country’s overall tally now stands at 363,999, the ministry said. Some 1,618 more patients recovered over the past day, raising the count to 316,008, whi

Malaysia’s PM faces calls to quit after failed bid for emergency rule

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin faced calls to resign on Monday as doubts swirled over the support that he commands, after the king rejected his request to declare a state of emergency to fight the coronavirus epidemic. Muhyiddin had requested emergency rule amid a fresh spike in infect

Turkey Angered by Egypt’s Criticism of its Intervention in Syria

Turkey rejected on Sunday Egypt’s criticism against it over its intervention in Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Ankara rejects the accusations by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, which he had made during the small group on Syria meeting on October 22. In a statement, Aksoy

Iran Reports COVID-19 Death Every Four Minutes, Extends Curbs

Iran extended COVID-19 curbs in Tehran and across the country on Monday as health authorities said they were recording a death from the virus every four minutes. Some hospitals had run out of beds to treat new patients, the head of the national coronavirus task-force told state TV. “Our doc

Afghan security forces confirm killing of top Al-Qaeda leader

 Afghan security forces have confirmed the killing of a senior Al-Qaeda leader in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, prompting the country's president to accuse the Taliban of having links with the terrorist network. Egyptian national Abu Muhsin Al-Masri, alias Husam Abd-al-Ra’uf, w

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