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 111.68 million doses of coronavirus vaccines since the country launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures released Thursday.

Turkish police have detained a wanted member of the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group in an operation in the capital Ankara, a security source said Thursday.

The presidents of Turkey and Russia held a phone call Thursday to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues, according to the Turkish Communications Directorate.

Turkey’s foreign minister has offered assistance to Pakistan after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country’s southwest, killing at least 20 people.

A new era in climate policy is beginning in Turkey after it ratified the Paris Agreement, according to a joint statement released Thursday by 15 environmental groups in the country.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s “extremely wrong” “populist” comments on Turkey and Algeria over colonialism.

Turkey’s National Defense Ministry delivered 60 tons of aid to the Lebanese military Thursday.

Excavation and cleaning began Thursday in the ancient city of Hyllarima in Turkey’s western Mugla province.

Turkey’s global news outlet Anadolu Agency signed cooperation deals Thursday with Austrian, Slovakian and Portuguese news agencies.

Mummified skeletons have been unearthed from recently discovered sarcophaguses (stone coffins) in Hisardere necropolis (cemetery) in Iznik district of Turkey’s Bursa province.

Turkey on Thursday strongly criticized an Israeli court’s decision in favor of Jews praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

Other developments

At least 20 people were killed and more than 300 injured when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province early Thursday.

Russia on Thursday reported 27,550 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the country’s highest daily figure this year, bringing the total number of infections to 7.69 million, health authorities said.

Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee for Literature at the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.

Africa has seen a 13% weekly decrease in COVID-19 cases, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

A strong earthquake jolted Japan’s capital Tokyo late Thursday.

The Iraqi army announced Thursday that US forces assigned to combat missions began to withdraw from the country.

The UN secretary-general and the World Health Organization chief said Thursday that vaccine inequity fuels the COVID-19 pandemic as they launched a global vaccination strategy while the UN chief said they do not have the power to enforce distribution.

Ghana received an additional 530,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the government announced Thursday.

Russia will respond to NATO’s decision to revoke the accreditation of eight Russian diplomats at the NATO mission in Brussels, the country’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned Thursday.

Fully vaccinated travelers from 37 more countries, including Turkey, will not be required to self-isolate in the UK starting next week, the British government announced Thursday.

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