Thu, 02 Dec 2021

ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday threatened to expel the ambassadors of ten western countries over their statement for the release of a detained businessman.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the ambassadors of ten countries, including the United States, Germany and France, over a joint statement calling for the release of jailed activist and businessman Osman Kavala. (Turkey-Erdogan-Western ambassadors)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi and his Turkish counterpart, Suleyman Soylu, met in Tehran on Wednesday and signed a memorandum of understanding on security matters, Iran's PressTV reported on Thursday.

Issues discussed between the two ministers included the fight against terrorism, international crime, and arms smuggling, as well as cross-border exchanges and activities, and the possibilities of further joint cooperation in all fields including migration control, he added. (Iran-Turkey-Cooperation)

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JERUSALEM -- The first light rail line of Israel's Tel Aviv underwent its first full test drive on Wednesday night, Israeli state-owned company NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System said.

The test drive was carried out with an electric train developed and manufactured by the Chinese company CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., which won an Israeli government tender for supplying the carriages. (Israel-China-Light Rail)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel would be reopened next month to tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a plan jointly drafted by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office and tourism and health ministries.

Under the plan, individual tourists who are fully inoculated with vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm may enter Israel starting from Nov. 1, the prime minister's office said in a statement. (Israel-COVID19-Tourism-Vaccination)

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