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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 25, 2021

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

Jeyhun Aliyev   | 25.10.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 25, 2021


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 has administered over 115.25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures released Sunday.

Over 55.16 million people have been given a first vaccine dose and more than 48.1 million are fully vaccinated, the Health Ministry said.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will head to Azerbaijan on Tuesday, his third visit since the liberation of the Karabakh region last November.

Erdogan will meet with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev and attend the inauguration of Fuzuli International Airport.

Turkey is determined to fight violence against women, the country's president has reiterated.

Approximately 400,000 domestic and foreign tourists visited the ancient city of Sagalassos in the past 10 years and the number is increasing every year, the Culture and Tourism Ministry said.

The rare steppe-runner lizard lives in the challenging terrain of Eastern Anatolia in Turkey. This species is especially found in Tuzluca district of Igdir province and on the slopes of Mt. Agri in difficult terrains that are closed to agriculture and without much human mobility.

Turkish security forces "neutralized" eight PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Iraq and northern Syria, said Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.

Istanbul’s Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew has been hospitalized in the US capital Washington, DC.

Turkey and Kyrgyzstan will sign an agreement on security cooperation “as soon as possible,” Turkey’s interior minister said.

American business magnate Bill Gates visited Turkey’s famous southwestern resort town of Bodrum on Sunday.

Two vessels reportedly collided in Turkey's Sea of Marmara on Sunday.

Coronavirus pandemic, other developments across the world

Sudan’s military has arrested members of the civilian government and leaders of the ruling coalition of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), officials in Khartoum said early Monday.

The Palestinian group Hamas said it had reached out to the UN as well as officials in Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on securing the release of its members being held in Saudi Arabia.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he reached a "good and stable" understanding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement under which they recognize each other’s coronavirus vaccination certificates for travel.

Israel also announced that it will open tenders for the construction of 1,355 new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Bangladeshi police have arrested 58 suspects accused of involvement with or organizing the torching of dozens of Hindu homes and properties last week.

A court in Germany released three teenagers behind an arson attack last week on a Turkish family’s apartment in the city of Solingen because they are "children," one of the victims said.

Pakistan has accused the US of colluding with its longtime rival India to sabotage the multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Voting ended in Uzbekistan’s presidential elections with an 80.8% turnout, authorities said Sunday.

At least 25 people, including children, were killed in an explosion at an illegal oil refinery in southern Nigeria on Sunday.

As the UN celebrates its annual commemorative day, former Yemeni Ambassador Mustapha Noman defended the world body’s role in his country, wracked by years of civil war.

Mohamed Salah was instrumental as Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 5-0 in an English Premier League game.

Max Verstappen won his first Formula One United States Grand Prix with a time of 1:34:36.552.

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said he will not allow foreign interference in the formation of Iraq’s new government.

The Moroccan Union of Lawyers announced that it is against a government-imposed mandatory coronavirus vaccine mandate and vaccination certificate.

South Sudanese musicians have abandoned the music industry and joined other professions to survive, as entertainment jobs have been hit hard by the coronavirus, conflict and flooding.

Thirteen political parties and organizations from the Arab world issued a joint statement Sunday condemning Israel’s decision last week to designate six Palestinian human rights groups as “terrorist organizations.”

Authorities in Uganda said that a fatal blast overnight at a roadside eatery on the outskirts of the capital was an act of domestic terrorism.

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