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Yemen, Houthi rebels agree to exchange 1,000 prisoners

ISTANBUL The Yemeni government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels agreed to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners and detainees Saturday, according to government sources. Representatives from both sides met in Geneva to discuss...

Syria's Idlib records first coronavirus death

IDLIB, Syria  The first coronavirus death in Syria's northwestern Idlib province was recorded, according to health officials. “A female patient in her 80s died from the virus,” the interim government's Health...

Turkey destroys hundreds of mines, IEDs in Syria operation

ANKARA Turkish security forces have destroyed 442 mines and 988 improvised explosive devices during their anti-terror operation in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Saturday. "In order to ensure...

US re-imposing UN sanctions on Iran despite objection

WASHINGTON  The US declared Saturday the re-imposition of biting UN sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of a 2015 nuclear accord struck with world powers in a process...

118 SNA martyred fighting YPG in Syria anti-terror op

TAL ABYAD/RAS AL-AYN, Syria  At least 118 Syrian National Army (SNA) soldiers have been martyred in attacks by YPG/PKK terrorists since the launch of Turkey-led anti-terror operation in northern Syria...

Palestinian security pulls out of area B in Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, Palestine  Palestinian security forces have withdrawn from towns and villages in Jerusalem classified as Area B in the Oslo accords. According to witnesses, Palestinian forces left the northwestern towns of...

Nearly 8 million Syrians food insecure: UN agency

GENEVA Nearly 8 million Syrians are food insecure and vulnerable to COVID-19, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday. Moreover, close to a million people have been internally displaced in the...

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait report new deaths from COVID-19

ANKARA Saudi Arabia and Kuwait confirmed new fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Saturday, while Qatar and Bahrain reported fresh infections. In a statement, the Saudi Health Ministry said 22...

Turkey clears mines, explosives in northern Syria

SANLIURFA, Turkey Turkish forces cleared mines and explosives in northern Syria on Thursday, the site of Turkey’s anti-terror Operation Peace Spring. Security forces defused mines and improvised explosive devices in Tal...

COVID-19: Iran-Iraq borders closed to Arbaeen pilgrims

TEHRAN  Border crossings between Iran and Iraq have been sealed to prevent Iranian pilgrims from traveling to the neighboring country for the annual Arbaeen pilgrimage. There is no possibility of Iranian...

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Turkey to continue energy search in Black Sea: Erdogan

ANKARA  Turkey is set to continue its search for energy resources in Black Sea region, where it has so far discovered 405 billion cubic meters...

Israeli warplanes strike Hamas target in Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY, Palestine  Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes against a position of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas in the Gaza Strip late Tuesday, according to...

US: Turkish man helps free senior couple trapped in car

WASHINGTON  Mustafa Tosun, a Turkish-American mechanic, was among a few good Samaritans who rushed to the aid of a senior couple whose car had plunged...

US: Barrett's Senate confirmation vote to happen Monday

WASHINGTON The US Senate will vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. "We'll be voting...

Azerbaijan shoots down 2 Armenian UAVs

GANJA, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan shot down two Armenian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on Tuesday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. The drones were taken down in two different...