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EC Apologizes to Italy for Lack of Aid in Coronavirus Crisis


BRUSSELS – The head of the European Commission (EC) apologized to Italy on Thursday for Europe’s lack of solidarity in the fight against its coronavirus crisis, but promised more aid to cope with the economic fallout. There has been widespread consternation in Italy over Europe’s response to the pandemic, starting …

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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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IAEA Sending Coronavirus Testing Gear to 40 Countries


UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations atomic agency is sending the first batch of equipment to some 40 countries with which they can carry out a standard test for the coronavirus involving a technique derived from nuclear science, The Organization announced in a statement on Wednesday. The technique, the polymerization …

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Iranian Ambassador Denounces Racist Propaganda During the COVID-19 Crisis


TEHRAN – As the world witnesses the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, all countries should shoulder their responsibilities and provide joint leadership, especially at the United Nations, said Iranian ambassador to China Mohammad Keshavarz Zadeh. He warned that the world should be vigilant against xenophobic, racist or intolerant propaganda. “It …

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