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 more than 116.2 million coronavirus vaccine doses since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures.
More than 55.37 million people have been given the first dose while over 48.61 million have been fully vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.
Separately, the ministry recorded 23,096 new cases, 203 related deaths, and 28,632 recoveries in the past day.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met world leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome.
Erdogan met Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the La Nuvola Convention Center, which is hosting the 2021 summit, the first in-person summit since the coronavirus pandemic.
The Turkish president also met Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen for a 30-minute talk, and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo.
Turkey’s foreign minister responded to accusations against the country about Ukraine’s use of drones in the conflict-ridden eastern Donbas region.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said drones used by Ukraine may have been produced in Turkey but are used by Ukraine, thus Turkey cannot be blamed.
Turkey condemned the US extradition of Hampig Sassounian, an Armenian who assassinated a Turkish diplomat in Los Angeles in 1982.
Turkey learned that Sassounian was “deported to a third country,” said a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Turkey has deported 8,585 terrorists of 102 nationalities since 2011 as part of efforts to ensure the country’s security within and across its border, according to the Interior Ministry.
It said the terrorists left their home countries to join the ranks of terror groups such as Daesh/ISIS or PYD/PKK.
Coronavirus pandemic, other developments across the world
At least 10 people were killed and 20 injured in a car bomb blast near the airport in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, according to an official.
Airport spokesman Adel Hamran told Anadolu Agency that the bomb-laden vehicle exploded at the entrance to the international airport.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to protest this week’s military takeover, amid heavy security deployments.
Two Sudanese protesters were killed by army fire in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, according to a doctors’ committee.
Sudanese Army Chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan relieved ambassadors to Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa of duties, days after six envoys’ dismissal, local media reported.
The G20 Leaders’ Summit, which brings together leaders of the world’s 20 leading economies and representatives of international organizations, kicked off in the Italian capital.
The summit, organized by the G20 term president, Italy, at the La Nuvola Convention Center in Rome, was launched by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Mawlawi Muhammad Yaqub, acting Taliban defense minister in the interim Afghanistan administration, said he has taken direct charge of security for the multibillion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India) gas pipeline project.
Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Lebanon and asked the Lebanese envoy to leave the country within 48 hours.
While the statement did not mention the reason behind the decision, the move follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain for comments critical of the Saudi military’s role in Yemen by Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi in a televised interview.
In COVID-19 news, India crossed the 1 billion coronavirus vaccine dose milestone but challenges remain in its vaccination program before the country inoculates the entire nation, according to health experts.
According to official statistics, more than 75% of those who are eligible have received one dose, while more than 30% have been fully vaccinated. But health experts said many challenges await.
With 82 countries at risk of missing a global vaccination target by end of this year, the World Health Organization chief urged nations that have reached a 40% vaccination target to swap delivery schedules with vaccine sharing facilities.
Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus told a meeting at the G20 summit that 7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but issued a caution. He explained that vaccine equity is not charity but is in every country’s best interests.
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