UK says Delta variant of coronavirus 60% more transmissible than Alpha

Public Health England announced on Friday that the Delta variant of coronavirus is 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant and now comprises over 90% of new cases in the UK. The Delta strain was first found in India, while the Alpha variant was detected in Kent, southeast England. Since

In a first, Istanbul mosque gets international green certification

In a first, a mosque in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul has received the Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a widely used international green building rating system. Istanbul Airport’s Ali Kuscu Mosque has been recognized as the world’s first Gold-level LEED certificate mosque by the US

Turkish-German carrier sees jump in international flight bookings

Flight bookings to Turkey jumped when it was taken off Germany’s list of high-risk COVID countries, according to the CEO of the popular Turkish-German carrier SunExpress. “We believe we’ve jumped this hurdle, and our booking numbers are reflecting this trend. And so we really believe in a strong summer,” Max

Japan amends procedures for national referendum

Japan on Friday approved amendments in procedures for any national referendum, a move that may lead to revising the country’s constitution. The bill, passed by the parliament – the Diet –, is “a step toward the possibility of a revision … [of Japan’s] war-renouncing constitution,” Kyodo News reported. It took