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

– World

Gunmen ambushed personnel guarding anti-polio vaccinators in northwest Pakistan, killing a policeman and injuring another, according to officials.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank began casting votes in local elections.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) youth football team is set to play a friendly match against Israel in a winter tournament in a historic first under a controversial normalization deal.

A special court in Benin’s capital, Porto-Novo, sentenced opposition leader and former Justice Minister Reckya Madougou to 20 years in prison on terrorism charges.

The death toll from tornadoes that hit the southeastern US state of Kentucky will “probably end up closer to 70-100 lost lives,” according to the governor.

At least one civilian was killed and five others were wounded, including two regional lawmakers, when a terrorist-claimed bomb blast targeted a restaurant in southern Somalia, an official said.

Tunisia’s Ennahda movement rejected attempts to abolish the nation’s 2014 Constitution.

Israeli forces have rounded up 402 Palestinians in November, according to Palestinian rights groups.

At least 31 hostages were freed in a joint offensive by Congolese and Ugandan militaries against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said the militaries.

The countries of a convention designed to protect the Mediterranean Sea from pollution published its final declaration.

The UK issued another 23 licenses to French fishing boats, said the European Commission (EC).

Twin blasts targeted Burundian soldiers serving under the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) in southern Somalia, a security official said.

Bahrain reported the first case of the new omicron variant of coronavirus.

– Developments in Turkey

Turkey has administered more than 121.6 million coronavirus vaccine doses since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures.

Turkey reported its first six cases of the omicron variant.

Turkey rescued 79 asylum seekers from the Aegean Sea, off the coast of the Izmir province, said the Turkish Coast Guard Command.

Disinformation, including on social media, has gone beyond a mere national security issue to become a global security threat, the Turkish president warned.

Turkey is hosting the Stratcom Summit 2021, an international gathering to address compelling policies, issues, challenges and trends of the strategic communication ecosystem​​​​.

Top officials dealing with the communication strategies of governments around the world discussed the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising online disinformation on the first day of the two-day summit in Istanbul.

New trends in journalism were discussed at the summit, with top Anadolu Agency officials among speakers at the event.

The Strategic Communications and Information Wars session was also held with top Anadolu Agency officials speaking.

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