Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments in Turkey, around the world, and on the coronavirus pandemic.
Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news
Turkey has administered over 113.41 million doses of coronavirus vaccines since the country launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures released Thursday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan separately received the credentials of newly appointed Azerbaijani Ambassador Rashad Mammadov and Australian Ambassador Miles Robert Armitage at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara.
After receiving a delegation led by Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in the capital Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey repeated its advice to the visiting Taliban delegation on girls’ education and women’s employment.
Cavusoglu also met Thursday with Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush in Ankara. Following the meeting, he reiterated that Turkey will continue to contribute to the stability and prosperity of Libya.
In the scope of the country’s war on terror, the Turkish armed forces neutralized at least 16 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, experts said that Turkey is seen as a good place for new supply chain investments and it is at the forefront of potential hub locations in the post-pandemic period.
Turkey conveyed its condolences to Lebanon on Thursday after shootings in the capital Beirut left several demonstrators dead.
Other developments across the world
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) announced that an attack by a man with a bow and arrows that killed five people near the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday was labeled an act of terrorism.
Nearly four hours of violence which broke out at a protest by supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement in the Lebanese capital Beirut left at least six people dead and more than 30 wounded.
The Lebanese army announced the arrest of nine people Thursday, including a Syrian national, in connection with the deadly gunfire that erupted in Beirut.
In a related development, Kuwait urged its citizens to leave Lebanon and postpone plans to travel to the country.
The US and Greece signed an extension of their bilateral Mutual Defense and Cooperation Agreement, which they said was a win for increased military cooperation and regional stability.
The US officially returned to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday after former President Donald Trump pulled Washington from the body in June 2018.
Germany’s spy chief Thomas Haldenwang admitted that many questions remain unresolved about the murders by the far-right NSU terror group, which killed eight Turkish immigrants, one Greek citizen and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007.
The Climate Transparency Report 2021 warned that the world’s richest nations, which are responsible for around 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, are not on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius despite raising ambitions.
EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson summoned the EU ambassadors from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia over the treatment of migrants coming from Belarus.
The US said Thursday that it will continue to consult with its NATO ally Turkey concerning Syria because it shares “an interest” with Ankara in the war-torn country.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the recent security pact between the US, UK and Australia, AUKUS, “threatens to undermine the existing security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.
During the weekly press conference, Zakharova also announced that the Taliban will take part in a meeting of the Moscow format on Afghanistan slated for Oct. 20.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that Russia’s Central Asian counterparts stand firm in their unwillingness to host US troops even as Tashkent is discussing the possibility of authorizing the deployment of a US military mission on its territory.
Lavrov also said Thursday that Russia and the US are considering a fresh presidential meeting between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden.
The foreign ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) ministerial meeting Thursday in Belarus’ capital Minsk.
In a related development, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said his country is ready to normalize relations with Armenia on the basis of respect for the principles of international law.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijani Culture Minister Anar Karimov said Armenia should be put on trial and pay compensation for damaging 95% of Azerbaijani historical and cultural monuments during its occupation in Karabakh and nearby provinces.
The trial of five women suing the Belgian state over crimes against humanity in Congo started at a Brussels court.
G20 finance ministers have endorsed a historic plan that will see multinational corporations’ profits reallocated and a global minimum tax implemented.
At least three protesters were killed and many others injured, including police officers, after the alleged “desecration” of the Holy Quran at a temporary Hindu temple sparked violent protests in Bangladesh.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted two resolutions in favor of Palestine at the 212th session of its executive board held in Paris.
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