JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Ministry of Health on Friday reported a first case of the new heavily mutated COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.529 that was detected in South Africa and other countries.
The strain was discovered in a genomic sequencing test that took an Israeli who returned from Malawi, the ministry noted. (Israel-Mutated COVID19 Variant)
RABAT -- Morocco on Friday imposed travel restrictions on passengers from South Africa and its neighbors amid concerns over a new COVID-19 variant.
The travel ban covers South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, according to a statement by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Morocco-COVID19-Travel Ban)
TRIPOLI -- The Libyan Interior Ministry on Friday condemned the attack against a court in the country's southern city of Sebha.
"The Interior Ministry condemns the attack on Sebha Appeal Court by an armed military group," said a statement issued by the ministry. (Libya-Court Attack-Condemnation)
ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that rate cuts would go on in his country, adding he would not allow Turkish people to be "crushed" by high interest rates.
Speaking in Turkey's western province of Izmir, Erdogan said his government would not give up its economic policies that focus on production, employment, and current account balance. (Turkey-Erdogan-Interest Rate)