Wed, 08 Dec 2021

ISTANBUL -- Turkey in October lured nearly 3.5 million foreign tourists, which is almost double the number of last October, raising hopes for the upcoming traveling season.

The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya and the country's financial and cultural hub Istanbul were the top destinations in October, hosting 1.6 million and 1.2 million tourists respectively, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry announced on Monday. (Turkey-Tourism-Boom)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday signed a historic agreement for regional cooperation in the fight against the climate crisis, the Israeli Ministry of Energy said in a statement.

The agreement was signed in Dubai, the UAE, by the Israeli Minister of Energy Karin Elharrar, the UAE's Minister of Food and Water Security Mariam Almheiri, and Jordan's Water Minister Mohammad Najjar, with the presence of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. (Israel-Jordan-UAE-Climate Cooperation)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon celebrated on Monday the country's 78th Independence Day with a military parade, Lebanon's Presidency said in a statement.

Held at the Defense Ministry in Yarzeh, southeast of the capital Beirut, the parade began with a 21-gun salute, followed by President Michel Aoun laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Lebanon-Independence Day-Celebration)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli parliament on Monday voted in favor of a bill that would limit the service of a prime minister to a maximum of eight years.

Lawmakers voted 66-48 in favor of the bill. The vote was the first in three full rounds of votes that the bill needs to pass before becoming law. (Israel-PM-Term-Bill)

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