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’s first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, is going to be completed by May 2023, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding the power plant has great significance for Turkey’s future.

Turkey has administered nearly 104.6 million coronavirus vaccine jabs since the country launched an immunization drive in January, including more than 41.7 million people who got two shots.

President Erdogan will be in the US this Sunday to inaugurate the 36-story Turkevi Center in New York; the building uses traditional Turkish architectural motifs, especially from the Seljuk Empire.

Turkey neutralized six PKK terrorists in an airstrike in northern Iraq’s Gara region; the PKK often hides out in the region across Turkey’s southern border to plot terror attacks.

Turkey’s counter-terrorism operations go at full speed, it has neutralized 18,502 PKK terrorists since July 24, 2015.

President’s recently published book, A Fairer World Is Possible, will be presented to the international leaders amid the UN General Assembly session starting from Sept. 21 in New York. 

Other developments

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dire warning, saying the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” to surpass negotiated caps on temperature increases meant to mitigate the ravages of climate change.

Around 801 Syrians have been killed in attacks targeting at least 174 bakeries in Syria since March 2011, according to a report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

A volcano erupted on an island in southwestern Japan, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise its alert level to three on a scale of five.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) criticized the Greek Cypriot administration, saying it is “violating the diplomatic code of ethics”.

Iran’s permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was approved during the multilateral alliance’s ongoing summit in Tajikistan.

The UN Security Council unanimously extended the mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months.

The US acknowledged that an Aug. 29 airstrike on a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 10 civilians, including an aid worker and up to seven children.

France recalled its ambassadors from the US and Australia for consultations in protest of a new Indo-Pacific security alliance that excludes Paris.

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