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US Calls for Release of Millions of Religious Prisoners During Pandemic


WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday called on governments around the world to release millions of religious prisoners amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sam Brownback, United States Ambassador General for International Religious Freedom, told reporters that millions of religious minorities behind bars for practicing their religion should be released because …

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Erdoğan, Putin Discuss Syria, Return of Russian Citizens

Erdoğan, Putin discuss Syria, return of Russian citizens

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the situation in Syria and the implications of the coronavirus pandemic with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone, the Anadolu news agency reported Thursday. At the meeting, leaders discussed ways to repatriate Russian citizens stranded in Turkey due to the coronavirus, …

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Eight Countries Urge UN to Lift Iran Sanctions


UNITED NATIONS – The diplomatic missions of Iran, Russia, China, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, asking him to call for the lifting of unilateral sanctions against Iran that hinder the fight against COVID-19. The letter described …

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Coronavirus Kills More Than 2,600 People in Europe Over A Weekend


The coronavirus pandemic exploded in Europe this weekend, with more than 2,600 deaths, most in Italy, followed by Spain, France, Great Britain, Netherland, Belgium and Germany. The weekend’s toll alone almost equaled the total number of deaths over three months in China, where the epidemic began. Just Sunday, there were …

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Polish President Cancels Trip to Russia Due to Coronavirus


WARSAW – Polish President Andrzej Duda will not travel to Russia next month due to coronavirus, missing ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of a plane crash that killed the Polish President, the head of the central bank and the military commanders. The plane crash in thick fog over a small …

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