Diary

ANKARA (AA) – Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories):

TURKEY

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to chair Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex.

ANKARA – Turkey’s Ministry of Industry and Technology to release quarterly productivity statistics for the April-June period.

ANKARA – Eurostat, statistics office of the European Union, to release employment figures for the second quarter of this year.

ANKARA – Turkish Treasury to hold an auction for two-year government bonds.

UK

LONDON – Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan to be presented with Humanitarian Service Recognition Award by the Global Donors Forum.

LONDON – Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan to hold meetings in London.

LONDON – The 8th Global Donors Forum to continue in London on its second day.

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May to chair Cabinet meeting.

ROMANIA

BUCHAREST – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to attend meeting of Turkey-Romania-Poland foreign ministers, appear in joint news conference.

US

WASHINGTON – Americans to mark 17th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. President Donald Trump to deliver remarks at Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.

NEW YORK – UN humanitarian official for Myanmar to address reporters at daily UN press briefing.

SPECIAL REPORT

Shutting PLO office 'disqualifies US as peace mediator'

By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON (AA) – The Trump administration’s decision to shut down the Palestinian mission in Washington, D.C. is by no means surprising, according to analysts, who say the move disqualifies America as a legitimate broker of peace in the region.

SWITZERLAND

GENEVA – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to meet high-level diplomats from the Astana process' guarantor countries — Turkey, Russia, and Iran — to discuss establishment of Syria's constitutional committee.

RUSSIA

VLADIVOSTOK – President Vladimir Putin to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

VLADIVOSTOK – First day of the Eastern Economic Forum.

MOSCOW – U.S. secretary of energy to visit Russia.

MOSCOW – Russian-Chinese-Mongolian joint defense drill "East-2018".

GERMANY

BERLIN – Chancellor Merkel to meet EU Council President Donald Tusk ahead of EU leaders’ summit on Sep. 19-20.

FRANCE

STRASBOURG – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to address MEPs on future of Europe.

STRASBOURG – Lebanon's President Michel Aoun also set to speak to MEPs.

STRASBOURG – MEPs to debate situation in Hungary with Prime Minister Viktor Orban ahead of Wednesday's vote on whether to ask the European Council to activate Article 7 against Budapest government.

SPAIN

CATALONIA – Massive pro-independence protests expected as Thursday marks National Day of Catalonia, La Diada.

SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG – Parliament to discuss current recession affecting country, one week after statistics body announced GDP contracted 0.7%.

ETHIOPIA

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopians across country celebrate 2011 Ethiopian New Year with colorful festivities.

PALESTINE

RAMALLAH – Saeb Erekat, secretary general of Palestine Liberation Organization, expected to hold news conference after U.S. shutters PLO office in Washington.

EGYPT

CAIRO – The Arab League to convene to discuss recent U.S. decision to cut funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

SYRIA

IDLIB – Civilians in Idlib, Syria’s last opposition stronghold, brace for expected attack by Assad regime.

YEMEN

SANAA – War-weary Yemenis struggle with effects of recent plunge in value of local currency.

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