Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments in Turkey, around the world and the coronavirus pandemic.

– Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news

Turkey has administered more than 85.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since launching a mass immunization campaign in January, according to official figures Tuesday.

Turkey is in talks with all sides in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, the Turkish foreign minister said Tuesday.

Eleven terrorists were neutralized by Turkish security operations as part of counter-terrorism efforts at home and near the border, Turkish officials said Tuesday.

Turkey’s machinery exports reached $13 billion in the first seven months of this year, up nearly one-third from last year, according to figures released Tuesday by a sector association.

The central banks of Turkey and Uzbekistan have signed an agreement to boost cooperation, the Turkish bank announced Tuesday.

Turkey is among three or four countries globally that designs, produces and sells armed unmanned aerial vehicles, the country’s president said Tuesday.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Turkey on Tuesday for securing Kabul airport and making safe departures possible for those who wished to leave the country.

Turkey and Uzbekistan’s foreign ministers held a phone call and discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The Turkish defense industry will be a global player in its field, Ismail Demir, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency, said Tuesday.

The death toll from floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region rose to 78, authorities said Tuesday.

More than 38,250 irregular migrants held in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul as of Jan. 1 have been handed to the local migration office, authorities said Tuesday.

The Turkish embassy in Kabul announced Tuesday that it will bring back citizens to Turkey upon receiving their applications.

Turkey has been building a new generation of comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs) ​​that include services, investments and public procurement in order to increase exports, strengthen the competitiveness of the industry and attract foreign capital, the country’s trade minister said Tuesday.

– Worldwide developments related to COVID-19

More than 4.72 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University.

Israel confirmed 8,646 new infections from the coronavirus Tuesday, the highest daily tally in the last six months.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has sought to ban mask mandates, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced Tuesday.

– Developments across world

The top US diplomat in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports of him fleeing the war-ravaged country following the takeover by the Taliban.

A day after the chaotic situation at Kabul airport, Australia announced Tuesday that it has postponed the evacuation of its nationals, troops and some Afghans who have worked with the Australian Defense Force.

At least four people were killed while five others are missing after torrential rains pelted parts of Japan on Tuesday.

Russian security forces stormed houses of Tatar residents in Crimea, nabbing at least five people early Tuesday, according to Ukrainian officials.

A prototype of the Russian military transport plane Il-112 crashed in Russia on Tuesday, killing a crew of three people, the aircraft’s production company said.

A large military plane sent by Germany to evacuate people in Afghanistan departed from Kabul’s airport with only seven people on board, German media reported Tuesday.

India’s ambassador to Afghanistan and other embassy staff were flown out of Kabul on a special repatriation flight along with civilians and security personnel Tuesday.

Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, a candidate of the ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, was elected president of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, also known as Azad Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Russia sees “encouraging signals” from the Taliban but will not rush to recognize them as Afghanistan’s legitimate authority, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday.

Uzbekistan on Tuesday welcomed “statements by internal forces in Afghanistan about their readiness to form an inclusive government.”

In what appears to be a sharp break from Taliban policy until 2001, a senior Taliban figure sat across from a woman news presenter on one of Afghanistan’s leading news channels to promise fair governance and equal rights in line with Islamic Sharia law.

Germany’s president on Tuesday acknowledged his country’s responsibility for the human tragedy in Afghanistan and urged authorities to do everything for Afghans who fear for their lives after the Taliban seized power across the country.

An armed militia of Myanmar’s anti-coup military junta claimed to have killed six government soldiers, local media reported Tuesday.

China launched an extensive air and sea military exercise near Taiwan on Tuesday in response to “external interference and provocations” by the independence forces of Taiwan.

Qatar’s foreign minister on Tuesday discussed with a delegation from the Taliban movement the latest security and political developments in Afghanistan.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the country’s diplomatic missions in Afghanistan remain open, according to Iranian media.

At least 37 civilians were killed in an attack perpetrated by unidentified gunmen in Darey Dey in the Tillaberi region of southwestern Niger, according to media reports Tuesday.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg blamed the Afghan leadership Tuesday for failing to stand up against the Taliban and leading the country to a tragedy.

Two days after the Taliban took effective control of Afghanistan, Facebook will continue its ban on Taliban content on its platforms because it considers the organization a terrorist group, the social media giant told the BBC on Tuesday.

The US is seeking to rapidly increase the number of people it is evacuating from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport to 9,000 per day, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Afghan women will have the right to work and be educated up to university level, a Taliban spokesman told Britain’s Sky News on Tuesday, in remarks at odds with the group’s previous stances and apparently ready-made to address international concerns.

Thousands of inhabitants and tourists were rescued Tuesday as a major fire broke out in the Var department in the south of France, local authorities reported.

The United Nations said Tuesday it is concerned for the safety of thousands of Afghans who have worked on human rights in Afghanistan in recent years.

At least five soldiers in central Somalia were killed – including one senior official – and 10 wounded Tuesday in a fierce firefight with al-Shabaab terrorists, said local media reports.

The Taliban has assured the US that it will not impede safe travel of Afghans and Americans seeking to flee to Hamid Karzai International Airport, a top Biden administration official said Tuesday.

The US announced Tuesday that it has completed the process to draw down its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to “core” staffers.

A fire broke out Tuesday at one of the main power stations in Lebanon’s capital following a loud explosion, according to eyewitnesses and an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

At least 1,941 people are dead and more than 9,900 injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the country’s civil defense agency said Tuesday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that a second suspected case of infection by the deadly Ebola virus had been detected in Ivory Coast.

Libya said Tuesday that it will reopen its land border and air traffic with Tunisia after more than a month-long closure due to rising coronavirus cases in the neighboring country.

Peru’s foreign minister resigned Tuesday in the wake of controversial remarks he made on terrorism, leaving the government less than a month after taking office.

The presidents of Germany and Uzbekistan agreed Tuesday to cooperate on the evacuation of German citizens from Afghanistan.

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