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 119.72 million coronavirus vaccine doses since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures.

At least 315 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, said security sources.

Turkey welcomed regional and local elections in Venezuela that were held Sunday.

Turkish security forces nabbed at least five suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) as they were trying to cross illegally into Greece, according to security sources.

Turkey will launch its Turksat 5B communications satellite into orbit next month, a senior official said.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, upon the invitation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s foreign minister held a telephone call with Sudan’s prime minister, expressing support for the democratic transition process, according to diplomatic sources.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), next month.

The UAE has allocated a $10 billion fund to invest in Turkey, according to the CEO of Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company.

The Turkish Red Crescent donated 31 tons of food to South Sudan to support residents affected by floods and conflict in the central African country.

The European Parliament gave the final green light to extend a cash-assistance program for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Turkey wants to generate $22 billion from tourism in 2021 by welcoming more than 28 million foreigners, according to its culture and tourism minister.  


One person was killed and three others injured in a carbon dioxide leak at the Asco nuclear power plant in Tarragona, Spain.

COVID-19 cases have soared in South Korea, hitting an all-time high of more than 4,000 infections, official data showed.

Daily coronavirus cases in Germany hit a new record of 66,884, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic.

New Zealand announced it will open its borders in phases to those who are fully vaccinated beginning next year.

Germany’s center-left, liberal, and environmentalist parties have reached an agreement to form a three-way coalition government, according to media reports.

Foreign combat forces will leave Iraq within 15 days, the Iraqi military said.

A global humanitarian organization called for urgent help for Somalis as nearly one-quarter of the Horn of Africa nation is “struggling to feed itself due to an ongoing drought.”

The Belarusian regime may threaten the EU with military provocations and increased drug smuggling if the migrant crisis ends, Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, has been excluded from running for president in upcoming elections, according to an informed Libyan source.

The US space agency began its first test mission of a planetary defense system by launching a spacecraft that is intended to strike an asteroid with hopes of causing a measurable change.

Catalan officials are calling on schools to defy a Supreme Court ruling that forces 25% of classes in the northeastern region of Spain to be taught in Spanish.

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said the agency was unable to reach an agreement with Iran in recent talks on its role in monitoring the country’s atomic program.

The European Union condemned the execution of a juvenile offender in Iran.

Conflict could result from any failure to hold Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections as scheduled, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ outgoing special envoy warned.

A jury in the US state of Georgia found three white men charged with the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery guilty in a case that has prompted nationwide attention.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, following his meeting with Emirati officials in Abu Dhabi, said both sides agreed to “open a new chapter” in their relationship.

Sweden’s first female Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson resigned hours after taking office.

The coronavirus situation will deteriorate in the European Union in the next two months unless the bloc introduces new measures and raises the vaccination rate, the head of the EU’s public health agency warned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin opposed a EU proposal for new sanctions on Belarus.

A tighter Israeli closure policy, restrictions and military operations in the West Bank since 2000 have exacted an economic toll on Palestinians estimated at $57.7 billion, a UN report said.

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