Turkish FM holds phone call with Iraqi counterpart

Turkey's top diplomat held a series of telephone calls on Feb. 8 with counterparts from three countries. 

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called his Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments, according to Turkish sources.

He separately spoke with Tunisia's Othman Jerandi in a call that focused on recent development in Libya.

‘Seaside destinations will be incredibly popular’ this summer

As a hedge against the deep uncertainty, airlines are likely to push point-to-point trips to European summer destinations.

Planned flights to France, Greece and Portugal are down by less than 8% on pre-crisis 2019 levels, while Egypt and Tunisia are down by a quarter, according to flight data specialist OAG - although all are set to fall further.

Turkey appoints Macron’s classmate as Paris envoy

Turkey has appointed Ambassador Ali Onaner as its envoy to Paris, who was one of the classmates of French President Emmanuel Macron at the Ecole National d'Administration (ENA), also known as the National School of Administration, in Paris in the early 2000s, daily Hürriyet reported and printed a picture depicting the two together from their school days.

Coronavirus/ GCS: Most new cases, in Bucharest - 1,762; followed by counties of Ilfov and Constanta

The areas with most newly-confirmed coronavirus cases over the last report are the City of Bucharest - 1,762 and the counties of Ilfov - 664, Constanta - 510 , Cluj - 407, Iasi - 365, according to data sent, on Thursday, by the Strategic Communication Group (GCS).

UAE halts visas to 13 countries including Turkey, Iran

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended travel visas for nationals from 13 countries including some Arab nations, Turkey and Iran.

The decision took effect Nov. 18 and includes those from Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey, and Iran, according to a document issued by the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority.