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Morning briefing from Agence Anadolu October 18, 2020




ANKARA – The Anadolu Agency is here with an overview of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.

– Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey

Turkey has registered 1,723 new coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

The country’s overall tally now stands at 345,678, the ministry reported.

A total of 1,401 additional patients recovered in the last day, bringing the number to 302,499, while the death toll increased by 71 to 9,224.

The Turkish president has announced the discovery of an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea, following a historic discovery this summer.

“The total amount of natural gas reserves in the TUNA-1 well of the Sakarya gas field has reached 405 billion cubic meters,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after inspections of the drilling ship, Fatih.

Three PKK terrorists, including a wanted member, have been neutralized in south-eastern Turkey, the interior ministry said.

Turkish forces neutralized six YPG / PKK terrorists in northern Syria, Turkey’s defense ministry said.


The Armenian army launches a missile attack on Ganja and Mingachevir in Azerbaijan.

Thirteen civilians were killed and more than 40 others were wounded in Armenia’s missile attack on Azerbaijan’s second largest city, Ganja.

The attack destroyed a multi-storey resident building.

Armenia continues to commit “war crimes” in Azerbaijan, killing civilians, including children, the senior Turkish diplomat said.

“Silence in the face of savagery means complicity in murder. Those who do not claim their share of humanity will be held responsible for their crimes,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

History will never forgive those who remain silent about Armenia’s brutality and war crimes against Azerbaijani civilians, the Turkish defense minister said.

Turkey has criticized Greece for supporting the occupying country, Armenia, in the region’s ongoing conflict with Azerbajijan.

The Turkish Council denounced Armenia’s recent missile attack on Ganja.

The mainstream US media ignored the Armenian strike against Azerbaijani civilians.

Leading media such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN did not broadcast the attack on their main pages or global sections.

Azerbaijan shot down an Armenian fighter jet, the country’s defense ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the Su-25 aircraft was attempting to launch airstrikes on Azerbaijani positions in the Jabrayil region.

Azerbaijan has liberated Fuzuli and seven surrounding villages from Armenian occupation, the country’s leader said.

“The glorious Azerbaijani army liberated the villages of Gochehmedli, Chimen, Chuvarli, Pirehmedli, Musabeyli, Ishigli and Dedeli of the district of Fuzuli and the town of Fuzuli,” President Ilham Aliyev said on Twitter.

A new temporary humanitarian ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia entered into force at midnight local time (2000 GMT) on Sunday.

– Global COVID-19 Updates

Around the world, COVID-19 has killed more than 1.1 million people in 189 countries and regions since last December.

The United States, India and Brazil are currently the most affected countries.

More than 39.44 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 27.1 million, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States.

With 10,925 new cases, Italy reported the highest daily peak since the start of the epidemic in the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

The German president has been quarantined after one of his bodyguards tested positive for COVID-19.

India’s coronavirus count has passed 7.4 million after registering 62,212 new cases, according to official statistics.

He gave the green light to clinical trials of the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus.

A total of 79 patients, including infants and children, were taken to Turkey for treatment at the request of the Iraqi authorities.

Coronavirus cases in Africa to date now total more than 1.62 million, according to figures from the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

– Other global developments

Hailed for his successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand Prime Minister has led his party to a historic second term.

Jacinda Ardern’s ruling center-left Labor Party won 64 seats, winning nearly 50% of the total vote, the first time since 1996 that a party has won a clear majority to form a government on its own.

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