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Turkey reopens restaurants, café’s

These places would accept a certain number of customers wearing masks. Table arrangements for the customers will be made considering social distancing. Turkey’s normalization process has started Monday (June 1) as the government decided to ease restrictions related to the novel coronavirus, considering the

US conducts first joint patrol with Russia in Syria

Russia’s efforts to form military units in al-Hasakah have been foiled by the US. Russia tried to reach the Rmelan oil fields, east of Qamishli, but the U.S. soldiers prevented them. The US and Russia conducted on Wednesday their first joint patrols in al-Hasakah,

S. Arabia eases virus restrictions around Mecca

The first phase will begin on May 31, in which entering and exiting Mecca will be allowed between 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Saudi Arabia announced a “two-phase normalisation plan” early Thursday for Mecca with the aim

EuroLeague season cancelled due to pandemic fear

The current EuroLeague and EuroCup clubs sealed their places for next season which will begin on Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, 2020, respectively. The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and EuroCup basketball tournaments Monday have become the latest major sports events canceled due to the coronavirus

UN sends more trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Syria

The aid will be distributed to vulnerable people in Idlib and nearby rural areas. The United Nations sent Monday 89 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, a northwestern Syrian province where millions are in urgent need of assistance. 89 TRUCKS HAVE PASSED THE BORDER

China to probe ambassador’s death in Israel

Chinese ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead at his home on Sunday. China will dispatch a special medical team to investigate the death of its ambassador to Israel, according to Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday. ISRAELI AUTHORITIES REPORTED DEATH AS CARDIAC INCIDENT

Netanyahu vows to carry out West Bank annexation

Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” plan, announced on Jan. 28, refers to Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” and recognizes Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West

Saudi Arabia reports 50,000 coronavirus cases

The death toll in the kingdom increased by 10 to 302, the official said on state TV. The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia topped 50,000 on Saturday, the health ministry said. DEATH TOLL STANDS AT 302 A ministry official reported 2,840 new

Pompeo signals US support to annex land in West Bank

The US secretary of state was in Israel on Wednesday on a one-day trip that included meetings with Netanyahu and Gantz, but none with Palestinian officials. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given Israel a green light to annex land in the occupied

11th joint patrol held by Turkey, Russia in Idlib

Joint patrolling activities are held in line with protocol reached by both countries. Turkish and Russian military elements performed the 11th joint patrol along a key highway in Idlib, northwestern Syria, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Thursday. THE TENTH JOINT PATROL WAS