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Singapore confirms 1st case of new coronavirus variant

JAKARTA, Indonesia Singapore has confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus variant, which first emerged in the United Kingdom last week and is said to be more contagious.  In a...

South Africa reports over 14,000 new COVID-19 cases

JOHANNESBURG South Africa reported 14,046 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, its highest-ever single-day increase, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed infections to 954,258.    “This indicates that the virus continues to...

Namibia imposes curfew to curb spread of COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG  Namibia imposed a nationwide curfew Wednesday as it battled a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.   Movements are restricted from 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) to 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) in...

Mexico 1st Latin American nation to get Pfizer vaccine

MEXICO Mexico received its first shipment Wednesday of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech.  A plane carrying the vaccines arrived at Mexico City...

COVID-19 update in Arab countries

ISTANBUL, JERUSALEM  Health authorities in Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan announced more coronavirus cases, deaths, and recoveries on Wednesday as confirmed over the last 24 hours.     Palestine As many as...

Israel finds new cases of fast-spreading virus strain

JERUSALEM  Israel on Wednesday found at least four new cases of a new fast-spreading strain of coronavirus which emerged in the UK last week. Three people who tested positive for the...

Italy: COVID-19 fatalities top 70,000 as cases rise

ROME Italy's nationwide death toll from the coronavirus has topped 70,000 as more fatalities were recorded on Wednesday. Health authorities reported 553 new deaths from coronavirus, down from 628 a day...

Mutated COVID-19 doesn't undo vaccines' effects: Expert

ANKARA  The mutated novel coronavirus strain found that reportedly emerged recently in the UK has so far only affected its rate of infection and appears to remain susceptible to the...

Migrants hard hit by COVID-19: UN refugee agency

ANKARA Marking International Migrants Day in the capital of Turkey – which hosts more migrants than any country in the world – the UN’s migrant agency said "hundreds of thousands...

South Africa tightens COVID restrictions as cases surge

JOHANNESBURG  South Africa announced new restrictions Monday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as the country battles a second wave of the pandemic ahead of the festive season. “The...

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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,...