Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkiye and around the world.

Coronavirus and other developments in Turkiye

The Turkish Health Ministry reported a record of over 110,000 new coronavirus cases Tuesday.

The ministry also confirmed 111,096 new COVID-19 infections, 241 deaths and 82,168 recoveries over the past day, while 452,363 virus tests were conducted during the period.

The country has administered over 143.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January 2021, according to official figures.

Continuing its war on terror, Turkiye neutralized five more terrorists affiliated with the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group, in northern Syria.

Turkiye’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed a range of issues over the phone, including the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine row and developments in northern Syria along Turkiye’s southern border.

Turkish humanitarian organization the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) has sent a truckload of winter aid containing 2,500 blankets, 3,000 boots and coats to northwestern Syria.

Other developments worldwide

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave assurances to French President Emmanuel Macron that he would do “everything in his capacity to find acceptable mechanisms” to resolve geopolitical tensions over the security situation around Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced that the Ukrainian army will hold its own military drill at a time when Russia and Belarus will be holding their joint military exercises while President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country expects a summit on the Donbas region to be held as soon as possible in the Normandy format.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov argued that Western countries heighten tensions by delivering arms to Ukraine.

However, Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the annual Munich Security Conference, asserted that Germany should provide military support to Ukraine to deter Russia from further aggression.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said the current Russian troop buildup in neighboring Belarus could change calculations in the region and lead to a NATO response.

Bulgarian Defense Minister Stefan Yanev said crises in Ukraine are a national security issue for his country.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio asserted that NATO cannot go back on its open-door policy and promises to Ukraine and Georgia to one day join the Western defense alliance

Talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal continued with an eighth round in Vienna. High-level representatives from Russia, China, Germany, the UK, France and Iran are attending the talks, which are being chaired by Enrique Mora, the EU’s representative in the discussions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian discussed over the phone the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, and the visit of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Moscow.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has slammed “baseless claims” made by the Greek Cypriot side and Greece against the TRNC and Turkiye on the issue of irregular migrants

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “time is running short” concerning the Israel-Palestine issue, saying his organization is committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis in resolving the conflict.

Hundreds of people in New Zealand gathered near the country’s parliament and protested against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that Sudanese authorities have released three of its journalists who were held a day earlier in the capital Khartoum.

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