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

At least two PKK terrorists were neutralized by Turkish security forces in northern Iraq, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry announced Wednesday.

A Turkish Armed Forces airplane carrying over 200 Turkish citizens departed the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, joining an exodus from an uncertain situation.

Turkey’s foreign minister discussed the latest situation in Afghanistan with his Russian, South Korean and Australian counterparts Wednesday, according to diplomatic sources.

All schools in Ethiopia run by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, have been handed over to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation, the Turkish president said Wednesday.

Turkey has administered more than 86.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since launching a mass immunization campaign in January, according to official figures Wednesday.

Worldwide developments related to COVID-19

Thailand registered a record number of daily coronavirus fatalities Wednesday as 312 people died over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s death toll to 8,285.

Daily COVID-19 cases in Germany have more than doubled within a week as the highly contagious Delta variant is spreading rapidly across the country with 8,324 more coronavirus cases reported Wednesday.

More than 4.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University.

Kenya received 407,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the UK on Wednesday at a time when the East African country is battling a surge in COVID-19 infections.

The Palestinian Health Ministry warned Wednesday that the epidemiological situation in Palestine was worsening amid fears of a 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari resumed work Wednesday after five days in quarantine in line with the national protocol on the coronavirus.

The US recommended vaccine boosters Wednesday for individuals eight months after completing the two-round Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus regiments.

The World Health Organization chief on Wednesday renewed his call for a moratorium on booster vaccines to shift supply to countries which do not have access to jabs.

Mexico’s death toll from the coronavirus surpassed the 250,000 mark Wednesday as the country also recorded the highest daily number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

Developments across world

The first French evacuation flight repatriating at-risk Afghan nationals reached Paris from the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Turkey will “play a very important role” in dealing with the wave of Afghans fleeing their country, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Wednesday.

A high-magnitude earthquake of 6.8 struck the Pacific island of Vanuatu on Wednesday.

Iranian security forces stationed on the border with Afghanistan have been instructed to prevent Afghans from crossing into Iran, officials said Wednesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government decided to seek parliament’s approval Wednesday to send troops to Afghanistan to evacuate the remaining Afghan local staff and their families.

Germany on Wednesday called on Iran to return to nuclear talks in Vienna following another report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Tehran has made progress on its uranium enrichment program.

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed receiving former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family.

The UK will judge the Taliban “by its actions rather than by its words,” the British prime minister told an emergency sitting of parliament Wednesday.

NATO foreign ministers will hold an extraordinary videoconference Friday to discuss developments in Afghanistan, the military alliance’s secretary-general announced Wednesday.

At least two people have died and 24 have been injured on the third day of wildfires that broke out in southern France, the prefect of the Var department said Wednesday.

US President Joe Biden will host Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet at the White House on Aug. 26, the White House announced Wednesday.

The UN announced Wednesday that it is evacuating about 100 of its international personnel from Afghanistan and sending them to neighboring Kazakhstan.

Afghanistan’s former President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to return to his country to continue his struggle for people’s rights and values.

The US on Wednesday appeared to dismiss former President Ashraf Ghani’s pledge to return to the country he fled amid the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, saying he is “no longer a figure in Afghanistan.”

A joint convoy of civilians, soldiers and army auxiliary members was the target of a terrorist attack Wednesday in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region, according to a government statement.

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that chaos was unavoidable after American forces withdrew from Afghanistan.

Spain completed its first Afghanistan evacuation mission Wednesday with a military plane that was able to pick up a little more than 50 people at Kabul airport, according to Spanish media reports.

America’s top military commander said Wednesday “there was nothing” that indicated a collapse of the Afghan government and army in 11 days.

At least 2,189 people are dead and more than 12,200 injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the country’s civil defense agency said Wednesday.

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