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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 20, 2021

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

Seda Sevencan   | 20.10.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 20, 2021

ISTANBUL

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 administered over 114.43 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive this January, according to official figures released Tuesday.

The Health Ministry also recorded 30,862 new cases, 223 fatalities and 27,352 recoveries over the past 24 hours.

As part of his African tour, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Togo on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbe in the capital Lome, Erdogan appreciated Togo’s support in the fight against the FETO terror group.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday slammed the EU Commission's 2021 report on Turkey's membership process, saying it once again reflected the double standard approach towards the country.

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday ratified a motion to extend troop deployment in Mali as well as the Central African Republic for another year.

Coronavirus pandemic, other developments across the world

The daily coronavirus death toll in Russia hit a record high Tuesday, with 1,015 fatalities in the last 24 hours, raising the overall count to 225,325.

The UK recorded 233 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily increase since March 9, 2021, when 231 people died.

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, the department said Tuesday.

North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile into waters near Japan's coast in the East Sea, both Tokyo and South Korea said in separate statements.

South Korea amended its immigration law to allow refugees from Afghanistan to stay in the country for long-term residency, the Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday.

Russia is not considering to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan, the country's foreign minister reiterated Tuesday.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday ordered a Cabinet reshuffle that included the creation of an environment and climate change ministry.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett received an invitation from the crown prince of Abu Dhabi to visit the United Arab Emirates, according to his spokesperson Tuesday.

At least 50 people were killed when a truck they were traveling in overturned in a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Haut-Katanga province, authorities said Tuesday.

All 21 people on board a private jet survived after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off from Houston Executive Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.

The number of rain-related deaths in different parts of India rose to 54 on Tuesday, authorities said.

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