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 over 111.4 million coronavirus vaccine jabs since the country launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures released Wednesday.

The Turkish presidency submitted a motion to parliament Wednesday calling for extending the deployment of Turkish troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) and Mali as part of peacekeeping missions.

Another family on Wednesday joined the ongoing sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in southeastern Turkey.

The Turkish foreign minister met Wednesday with the head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organization of national parliaments, in the Turkish capital Ankara.

The Turkish parliament on Wednesday ratified the Paris Climate Agreement to contribute to the global efforts against climate change.

Other developments

China’s Mars orbiter and rover have suspended exploration since mid-September due to a “solar outage,” the China National Space Administration said early Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call Wednesday.

Israel released documents and materials Wednesday related to Israeli government meetings and consultations prior to the 1973 war with Egypt.

Coronavirus-related deaths in Russia hit a record for the second consecutive day, with 929 fatalities over the past day, pushing the death toll to 212,625.

Two scientists jointly won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of “asymmetric organocatalysis,” the Nobel Assembly at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday.

The British prime minister pledged Wednesday to embark on a new change of direction “that has been long overdue in the UK economy.”

Germany’s liberals and Greens have decided to hold three-way exploratory talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) to form a coalition government, party leaders announced Wednesday.

At least 17 bodies of undocumented migrants have washed ashore in Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Wednesday.

Azerbaijan has started using Armenian airspace for flights to the Nakhchivan region, the country’s airline, AZAL, announced Wednesday.

Pope Francis said Wednesday that he was ashamed of the fact that over 216,000 children have been sexually abused by clergy in the French Catholic Church since 1950.

Azerbaijan’s president on Wednesday reiterated his country’s willingness to establish relations with neighboring Armenia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Wednesday that Moscow suggests the establishment of a new format in the Caucasus, comprising three Caucasian states — Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia — and their three “big neighbors” — Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Turkey hosted the 63rd round of consultative talks with Greece in its capital Ankara on Wednesday, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Kenya received 252,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Wednesday.

NASA announced plans to test its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) planetary defense system by launching a spacecraft in November that will attempt to strike an asteroid.

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that it recommends widespread use of a new malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high malaria transmission after three countries tried it.

The UN on Wednesday welcomed Turkey’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement in a move that will contribute to global efforts against climate change.

More than two dozen artworks of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali were sold for nearly $1 million at Bonhams auction house in New York on Wednesday.

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