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FBI identifies Texas synagogue hostage-taker

WASHINGTON The FBI on Sunday identified the gunman who held hostages at a Texas synagogue as British national Malik Faisal Akram, 44. Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI's...

US Muslim groups condemn hostage-taking at Texas synagogue

WASHINGTON US Muslim groups have condemned Saturday's hostage-taking incident at a synagogue in the US state of Texas. Four people including a rabbi were held by a gunman who entered the...

Lebanon denies deal to buy gas from Israel

BEIRUT The Lebanese government on Sunday denied media reports about an agreement to be supplied with gas from Israel. Israeli media earlier reported Israel will provide gas to Lebanon from the...

Drug ringleader known as 'Spanish Pablo Escobar of heroin' arrested

MADRID In one of the major drug busts in recent years, Spain's National Police on Sunday announced the arrest of a leading importer of heroin known by the nickname "Spanish...

UAE, Algeria hold talks on regional developments

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates The top diplomats of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Algeria held talks Sunday on bilateral relations and regional developments. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin...

Iraq, Lithuania seek to end crisis of stranded migrants on EU borders

BAGHDAD Iraq and Lithuania held talks on Sunday to discuss ways of ending the crisis of Iraqi migrants stranded on Belarusian-Lithuanian border. Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with his Lithuanian...

Scores of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM Scores of Israeli settlers on Sunday forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a Palestinian agency. In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic...

US reportedly allows Israel to supply gas to Lebanon

JERUSALEM The US has reportedly allowed Israel to supply cash-strapped Lebanon with gas via Jordan, according to Israeli media. Israeli Channel 12 said an agreement was reached between Washington and Tel...

UK premier attended ‘booze’ party during COVID lockdown

LONDON  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his then fiancé Carrie Symonds attended a drinks party in the garden of No. 10 Downing Street during the UK’s first national coronavirus...

Sudan's Sovereign Council accepts UN initiative

KHARTOUM, Sudan Sudan’s Sovereign Council said Monday that it accepts a UN initiative to facilitate dialogue among all of the Sudanese parties to resolve the country’s political crisis.  Sovereign Council spokeswoman...

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Novak Djokovic returns to Serbia after being deported from Australia

BELGRADE, Serbia Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on Monday returned to Serbia after being deported from Australia. Djokovic, the top men’s tennis player, on Jan. 4...

Australia, New Zealand send aircraft to assess damage after Tonga eruption

ANKARA Australia and New Zealand deployed surveillance aircraft on Monday to assess the damage caused by a massive underwater volcano in the Pacific nation of...

Turkish President Erdogan welcomed in Albania with official ceremony

ANKARA  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Albania’s capital Tirana on Monday. Erdogan was welcomed by Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama with an official ceremony...

Turkiye’s short-term external debt stock reaches $124.1B in November

ISTANBUL  Turkiye's short-term external debt stock totaled $124.1 billion as of end-November 2021, the country's Central Bank said on Monday. The foreign debt due to be...

Turkiye's automotive production down in 2021

ISTANBUL In 2021, Turkiye's overall automotive production narrowed by 2% to 1.27 million units on a yearly basis, the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) said on...