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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 gave the country’s women the right to vote and to be elected on this day in 1934, well before many European countries, the Turkish president said in a video message Sunday.

Turkey has attained significant success in its struggle against soil erosion, the country’s environment minister said Sunday, marking World Soil Day.

Turkey condemned the Dec. 2 attempted arson attack on a mosque on the Greek side of the long-divided Cyprus island.

Turkish security forces “neutralized” at least three PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Turkey has administered more than 120.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to the latest figures.

Separately, the Health Ministry recorded 19,357 new coronavirus cases, 185 related deaths and 24,278 recoveries from the virus over the past day.

World

Criticizing the European stance on refugees, Pope Francis called for globally coordinated action to tackle the issue as he visited the Greek island of Lesbos on the second day of his visit to Greece.

French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour’s first official presidential campaign rally ended in violence as his supporters clashed with anti-racism activists.

South Africa remembered legendary freedom fighter Nelson Mandela on the eighth anniversary of his passing.

Thousands of residents of Ethiopia’s capital hailing from the country’s northern Tigray region denounced the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a pro-government rally held in Addis Ababa.

Gambia’s incumbent leader Adama Barrow has secured a landslide victory in his bid for a second term, the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced.

Powerful associates and relatives of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad have turned the country into a “new narco-state on the Mediterranean,” according to a report Sunday.

The Palestinian resistance group Hamas has welcomed a Kuwaiti decree banning the entry of vessels carrying goods to or from Israel into the country’s territorial waters.

The Palestinian Authority denounced the fatal shooting of a Palestinian youth by Israeli police as a “war crime.”

The head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service traveled to the US for talks with officials on Iran’s nuclear program.

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