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Nearly 25% of Turkey’s population now have 1st doses of COVID vaccine

Turkey has administered over 33.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, including first doses to nearly one-fourth of Turkey’s population of some 83.6 million, the Health Ministry announced on Sunday. More than 20 million people hav


Pakistan steps up COVID-19 vaccine rollout with 100m target

Pakistan has received 14.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses since it began its vaccination campaign in February, and plans to buy a further 90 million doses to inoculate the adult population in the second half of the year, the country’s health ministry has said.   Announcing its 2020


Iran: COVID-19 prevalence on a downward trend

The spread of coronavirus is slowing down in Iran, as the daily toll has fallen to 115, the lowest figure since April. Alireza Raeisi, the spokesman for the National Headquarters for Coronavirus Control, said that currently, 13 cities in the country are at high-risk red zones, 12 of which are in


Afghan official: Bombs hit 2 minivans in Kabul, 7 dead

Separate bombs hit two minivans in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in the Afghan capital Saturday, killing at least seven people and wounding six others, the Interior Ministry said.The attacks targeted minivans on the same road about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) apart in a neighborhood in western Kabul,


Nigeria's Paga could become Africa's next tech unicorn

Nigeria’s biggest mobile payments company is vying to become Africa’s next unicorn, and its ambitions now stretch beyond the continent. Paga, whose backers include US billionaire investor Tim Draper and former Goldman Sachs Group economist Jim O’Neill, boasts 17 million unique u


Bus carrying pilgrims overturns in southwestern Pakistan, killing 19

 A speeding bus carrying pilgrims overturned on a highway in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 50 others, police said. The accident happened in Khuzdar, a district in the Baluchistan province, local police official Hafeez Ullah Mengal said. Rescuers tra


Iran judiciary chief stages first campaign rally despite coronavirus pandemic

Iran’s leading presidential candidate staged a mass rally in the country’s southeast that drew thousands of supporters, sparking controversy on Thursday as the first such gathering amid the raging coronavirus pandemic that has largely halted traditional election campaigning.Iran’


Afghan, Pakistani scholars sign ‘Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan’ in Makkah

Senior Pakistani and Afghan scholars have signed the “Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan,” paving the way to resolve the crisis there by sponsoring negotiations between warring factions and rejecting all acts of violence and extremism. The historic signing in Makkah was attended by S


Bangladesh opens 50 new mosques to celebrate 50 years of independence

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened 50 new mosques across the country to celebrate 50 years of independence.They are part of a major $1 billion construction program that started in 2017, with 560 “model” mosques featuring community and educational facilities bei


Iran candidate: If I win, I would like to meet Biden

An Iranian presidential candidate said on Wednesday he would be willing to meet US President Joe Biden if he wins his country’s election next week, though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to the Islamic Republic. Speaking to The Associated Press, former Irania


Pakistan administers 10 million COVID vaccine doses

Pakistan on Wednesday hailed the administering of 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccines as an important step toward its goal of vaccinating 70 million people by the end of the year.“Thank God, we have succeeded in administering 10 million vaccine (doses),” the minister in-charge for


Iran expert: Election candidates offer no roadmap to solve country’s crises

An Iran expert on Wednesday warned that none of the candidates in the country’s presidential election on June 18 offer a route out of its many crises. Nazila Fathi, an independent journalist and non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, was speaking at an event hosted by Chatham Ho


Taliban kill 10 mine-clearing workers: Afghan interior ministry

 The Taliban shot dead at least 10 mine-clearing workers in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan, the interior ministry and a provincial official said Wednesday, in the latest attack to rock the violence-wracked country.“The Taliban entered a compound of a mine-clearing agency... and


Over 31.4M COVID-19 vaccine shots administered in Turkey

Turkey has so far administered over 31.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass inoculation drive in mid-January, according to official figures released on Tuesday. More than 18.1 million people have received their first doses, while over 13.2 million have been fully vaccinat


Iran election will not derail nuclear talks, Tehran says

Iran’s policy towards the 2015 nuclear deal and negotiations with world powers over how to restore it will continue regardless of the result in this month's presidential elections, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday. Mr Rabiei said the policy of engaging with other partici


Turkey administers over 31M vaccine shots to date

Turkey has administered over 31 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, according to official figures released on Monday. Around 17.85 million people have received their first doses, while over 13.2 million have been fully vaccinated, said


Turkey agrees to secure Kabul airport if conditions are met

Turkey on Monday pledged to provide security cover at Kabul airport if a number of key conditions were met. After weeks of uncertainty over whether Ankara would pull its troops from Hamid Karzai International Airport in the Afghan capital, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the military wo


Iran presidential candidates trade barbs in TV debate

Candidates in Iran's presidential election this month traded strong barbs in a debate on Saturday, accusing each other of treason or of lacking the education to run an economy devastated by three years of US sanctions, reports Reuters. While the five hardline candidates attacked the eight-ye




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