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Tire warehouse burns in Almaty

A major fire in a tire warehouse occurred in Almaty, the city department of emergency situations reports. The incident took place on Yrysty Street, near Ryskulov Avenue. A metal container with tires for recycling and vulcanization was …

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Infantino calls Iran to allow women into stadiums

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says Iran must start allowing women into football stadiums. Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men's teams have been playing since just after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, BBC reports. But …

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Minibus carrying migrants crashes in Agri

At least two people were killed and 30 others injured today when a bus carrying irregular migrants overturned in Turkey's eastern province of Ağrı, security sources said. The minibus was traveling on a road connecting Ağrı to Van …

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Tokayev announces democratic reforms in Kazakhstan

Political transformations in Kazakhstan will take into account the state's interests, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told parliament in an annual address on Monday. The president criticised the central …

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Tokayev visits Karaganda region

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his working trip to Karaganda region visited the new children’s hospital, Akorda press service reported. The new healthcare facility is designed for 300 …

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Five-meter shark caught in Turkey’s Canakkale

Local fishermen caught a five-meter sixgill shark in the Strait of the Dardanelles off the coast of Turkey’s Canakkale province, according to TRT Haber. Reportedly, fishermen for several hours could not pull the net on board. The …

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Saudi Arabia eases travel restrictions on women

Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters. The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and …

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Youngsters to help tourists in central Istanbul

A total of 450 volunteers will help tourists in Istanbul this season, according to local media. This year about 1,500 students applied for the activity. Volunteer tourism ambassador candidates, composed of high school and …

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Debts of 500,000 Kazakhs to be wrote off

  Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he will write off bad loans held by as much as a sixth of the central Asian country’s population, while signaling a sharp change in policy to end costly state …

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Erdogan: Turkey becomes superpower in region

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey continues to be hope for all mankind. According to the Turkish leader, Turkey has become a superpower in the region. "Turkey continues to be …

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MHP stands for women’s military service in Turkey

The Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) stands for the right of women to voluntary military service in the country, Turkish media reported. The statement was made by the party’s deputy Mustafa Hidayet …

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Immortal Regiment. Istanbul (photo report)

The "Immortal Regiment" march, dedicated to the Victory Day, was held at the Heybeliada island on May 5, 2019. The event has been held in Istanbul for ten years in a row. Members of many national diasporas of countries that …

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Erdogan reveals why so many Armenians live in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed why there are so many Armenians living in Turkey. Speaking at the Budapest Process forum on migration issues in Istanbul, he said that about 100,000 Armenians live in …

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Manchester United badge censored on Iranian TV

Iranian television have caused a stir by deftly censoring the famous Red Devil on Man United's emblem during a broadcast of Tuesday's Champions League match over the country's law forbidding the depiction of mythical creatures. …

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