Diary

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):

TURKEY

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.

GERMANY

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.

UK

LONDON – UK cabinet to discuss a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.

US

WASHINGTON – State Secretary Mike Pompeo meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department.

RUSSIA

VLADIVOSTOK – President Vladimir Putin to visit Vostok-2018 military manoeuvers.

MOSCOW – Energy Minister Alexander Novak to meet US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to pay an official visit to Pakistan.

IRAQ

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.

SYRIA

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

YEMEN

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.

PALESTINE

RAMALLAH – Following reactions to US decision to close Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington and cut funding to UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

SPECIAL REPORT:

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’.

SPECIAL REPORT:

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".

SPECIAL REPORT:

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.

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