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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Nov. 23, 2021

Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments

Beyza Binnur Dönmez   | 23.11.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Nov. 23, 2021

ANKARA 

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 more than 119.47 million coronavirus vaccine doses since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures.

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey doubled year-on-year to 3.5 million in October, said the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

A suspect was arrested and 1,730 historical artifacts recovered in an operation in Istanbul, said a security source.

Turkey launched a new anti-terrorism operation in eastern Bitlis province, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced.

Turkish nationals who had been held captive by a Libyan warlord for nearly two years were reunited with their families.

Greece is engaging in provocative and aggressive actions in the region, according to Turkey’s national defense minister.

At least three terrorists were "neutralized" in a domestic anti-terror operation in eastern Turkey, said the Interior Ministry.

Turkish citizens in Ethiopia should leave now due to escalating clashes between army troops and members of the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the Turkish Embassy in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Twenty-three suspects were arrested in Turkey for having links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), judicial authorities said.

The US and Turkey announced an agreement on the transition from existing Digital Services Tax to a new multilateral solution agreed by the OECD-G20 inclusive framework. 

World

India recorded 8,488 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest count in 538 days, according to its Health Ministry.

South Korea reopened in-person classes in schools as part of the "living with COVID-19" plan, local media said.

At least one person died and 14 others were injured in a gas leak incident in China.

Australia announced it is lifting restrictions on foreign travelers, including students and skilled workers beginning next month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, in Russia's resort city of Sochi on Tuesday, according to a Kremlin statement.

Australia signed an agreement with the US and the UK to access classified nuclear submarine information under their AUKUS security partnership, an official statement said.

Despite protests against restrictions, Austria implemented a 20-day national lockdown to stem a surge in coronavirus cases.

Bahraini security forces arrested suspected “terrorists” and confiscated weapons and explosives that had come from Iran, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

The Kremlin accused the Ukrainian military of raising tensions in the restive Donbas region and the West of carrying out a smear campaign against Russia to cover up what they called Kyiv's attempt to deal with the problem through force.

Lebanon is ready for dialogue with Persian Gulf states to resolve the current diplomatic crisis triggered by the Lebanese information minister’s comments about Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, the country's foreign minister said.

US President Joe Biden nominated Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell to lead the central bank for a second term, the White House said.

Twelve cabinet ministers submitted their resignations to Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in protest of a political deal with the ruling military council.

The US designated three leaders of Daesh/ISIS' Afghanistan affiliate as global terrorists, including leader Sanaullah Ghafari.

French premier Jean Castex tested positive for the coronavirus after one of his daughters was infected with the virus, according to his office.

The US State Department is set to impose further sanctions in connection with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, blacklisting a Russia-linked entity and two vessels.

The rape of more than 600 minors has been recorded in three health zones in Kasai-Central in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of 2021, according to UN radio


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