ANKARA (AA) – Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories):
ANKARA – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to welcome Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Presidential Complex. Two leaders to attend High-Level Strategic Council session, agreement signing ceremony and hold joint press conference.
ANKARA – Erdogan also to receive chief of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan.
ANKARA – Turkish Central Bank to hold 7th Monetary Policy Committee Meeting of this year.
ANKARA – Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) to release poultry and milk production statistics for July.
BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to meet International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer to discuss cooperation in addressing humanitarian crises.
LONDON – UK cabinet to discuss a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.
WASHINGTON – State Secretary Mike Pompeo meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department.
VLADIVOSTOK – President Vladimir Putin to visit Vostok-2018 military manoeuvers.
MOSCOW – Energy Minister Alexander Novak to meet US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.
ISLAMABAD – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to pay an official visit to Pakistan.
BASRA – Tensions continue to mount in Iraq’s protest-hit southern city of Basra.
BAGHDAD – Iraqi political parties and coalitions continue to wrangle over parliamentary majority.
ERBIL – Northern Iraq’s Kurdish region gears up for parliamentary polls slated for Sept. 30.
IDLIB – Civilians in Idlib, Syria’s last opposition stronghold, brace for expected attack by Assad regime and its allies.
SANAA – War-weary Yemenis struggle with effects of recent plunge in value of local currency.
MAARIB – Yemen’s strategic Hudaydah province sees resumption of fighting between Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels.
RAMALLAH – Following reactions to US decision to close Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington and cut funding to UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.
25 years on, Palestine sees Oslo Accords as ‘liability’
By Qais Abu Samra
RAMALLAH – Signed in 1993 between Israel and the PLO, many Palestinians now view the Oslo Accords — which carved the occupied West Bank into three distinct zones — as a ‘liability’.
Turkey lags behind in UNESCO heritage sites: Official
By Fatih Hafız Mehmet and Faruk Zorlu
ANKARA – Turkish National Commission for UNESCO president said Turkey is in a geography that founded civilizations and it lags behind in UNESCO World Heritage Site numbers, in comparison with the countries in its "league".
Despite reforms, Ethiopia faces electoral challenges
By Addis Getachew
ADDIS ABABA – Despite wide-ranging reforms underway in Ethiopia, the government seems to be well poised to make the same thing again: taking a knockout win in the 2020 election, which will be the sixth since 1995.