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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday announced his resignation from his post in the wake of the political crisis in the country.

"I announce to you my resignation from the post of Prime Minister to make way for another person from the daughters or sons of this generous country," said Hamdok in a speech to the Sudanese people broadcast by the official Sudan TV. (Sudan-PM-Resign)


KHARTOUM -- Two protesters were killed during demonstrations in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) and dissolved Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Two people were killed in Omdurman after being shot in the head, increasing the total death toll to 56 since Oct. 25, when thousands of Sudanese citizens demonstrated in the capital and other cities to demand civilian rule, the dissolved ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. (Sudan-Protester-Death)


JERUSALEM -- Israel has approved a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people over 60 years old and medical staff, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday.

In a televised press conference, Bennett said that the fourth dose of the vaccine, developed by Pfizer, was approved by the country's Health Ministry for people over 60 and medical personnel who received the third dose at least four months ago. (Israel-COVID19-Vaccine)


ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional developments, Turkey's presidency said.

They discussed "steps to improve Turkey-Russia relations," said the statement, noting that Erdogan reiterated his determination to advance the cooperation between the two countries in all fields. (Turkey-Russia-Ties) Enditem

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