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 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since launching a mass immunization campaign in January, according to official figures Tuesday.

According to the Health Ministry, over 46.54 million people have received a first dose and more than 35.59 million are now fully vaccinated.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan in a phone call, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said early Wednesday.

The Turkish Central Bank’s reserves will surpass $115 billion when pending transactions are completed, said Turkey’s president.

Turkey and Uruguay touted their longstanding ties as the foreign ministers of the two countries signed pacts for establishing a political consultation mechanism and cooperation in academies for diplomats.

Turkey revealed a national road map for the field of artificial intelligence (AI) Tuesday with a ceremony in the country’s northwestern province of Kocaeli.

A total of 150 ambassadors and diplomats as well as their families visited Akdamar Island and Akdamar Church — symbols of Lake Van in eastern Turkey.

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 59 irregular migrants pushed back by Greece into Turkish territorial waters.

The gate of an ancient castle used by several civilizations over thousands of years has been unearthed in central Turkey, according to a senior academic involved in the dig.

The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) will organize the 4th General Assembly in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul on Aug. 25-26.

Worldwide developments related to COVID-19

More than 5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University.

The COVID-19 pandemic last year pushed as many as 80 million people in Asia into extreme poverty – defined as living on less than $1.90 a day – according to a report released Tuesday.

The UK reported its highest total of weekly coronavirus deaths since this March when the government began lifting major lockdown restrictions.


Germany listed parts of Greece – including tourist-friendly islands – as high-risk areas for COVID-19 due to rising numbers of coronavirus infections.

Cuba will supply its homegrown vaccines to Vietnam as the Southeast Asian nation witnesses a surge in COVID-19 cases, battering the country’s health infrastructure and economy.

Developments across world

The G7 reached an agreement about how to engage with the Taliban and reaffirmed humanitarian commitments to Afghans following the armed movement’s takeover of the country.

President Joe Biden reaffirmed Tuesday that the US is “on pace” to complete the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan by his Aug. 31 deadline.

The Pentagon vowed to evacuate Afghan troops who are facilitating ongoing efforts to pull out Americans and vulnerable Afghans at Kabul’s international airport ahead of the withdrawal of US forces.

The head of NATO stressed the importance of “keeping Kabul airport open” Tuesday to continue evacuations.

An alliance of pro-India political parties in Indian-administered Kashmir said Tuesday that a “big political void and deep uncertainty” has been created in the region by the Indian government’s decision on Aug. 5, 2019 to scrap the disputed region’s autonomous status.

The European Union will boost its humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees to €200 million ($235 million), said the head of the European Commission.

CIA Director William J. Burns reportedly held a secret meeting with the Taliban’s de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday, according to a report Tuesday.

Spain is expanding its evacuation list to include Afghans who some fear could be persecuted by the Taliban, particularly women who held public roles in areas such as journalism or activism, said Spain’s defense chief.

A Red Cross employee was killed in Cameroon’s northwest Anglophone region, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

An Afghan national who had been evacuated from Kabul to Paris despite alleged links to the Taliban has been placed under custody, French authorities confirmed.

Afghans are at risk as food supplies run low and a harsh winter approaches, making it difficult to deliver assistance in mountainous areas, according to the World Food Program (WFP).

An environmentalist group continued their protest for the second day in central London.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace denied reports that the UK was planning to establish refugee processing centers in Turkey.

Rolling Stones drummer Charles Robert “Charlie” Watts has died at the age of 80, his publicist announced Tuesday.

Online accommodation platform Airbnb announced that it would provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide.

Hong Kong revealed a draft of legal amendments seeking to ban movies deemed to be against national security interests.

At least 90 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in an airstrike in Somalia’s central province of Mudug, the country’s army said.

On the 30th anniversary of its independence, Ukraine is aiming for still deeper integration into the Euro-Atlantic community

In a rare admission, the newly-appointed head of Iranian prisons tendered an apology for “bitter events” inside Tehran’s Evin Prison after leaked videos showed prisoners being ill-treated.

Algeria decided to sever relations with its neighbor Morocco, accusing Rabat of having “hostile tendencies” towards it.

Scores of Sudanese journalists demonstrated in Khartoum to protest mistreatment and violence by military forces.

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games kicked off Tuesday.

Former Chadian President Hissene Habre, who was ousted in a 1990 coup, died at a hospital in Dakar, Senegal, the Senegalese Justice Ministry announced Tuesday.​​​​​​​ He was 79.

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