Diary

ANKARA (AA) – Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories):

RUSSIA

SOCHI – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi to discuss Syria. Two leaders later due to hold joint news conference.

TURKEY

ISTANBUL – TRT World Forum running under main theme of Globalization in Retreat: Risks and Opportunities continues.

ISTANBUL – Head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate Ali Erbas to attend closing session of 3rd African Muslim Religious Leaders summit.

ANKARA – Following developments in Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria as 120-hour pause for offensive under Turkey-US deal to end Tuesday night.

US

WASHINGTON – US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey to attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Turkey’s operation in northeastern Syria.

GERMANY

BERLIN – Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to meet Lithuanian counterpart Linas Antanas Linkevicius to discuss bilateral relations, EU, and international issues.

UK

LONDON – British government expected to bring EU Withdrawal Bill to parliament for debate with potential vote later in week.

ETHIOPIA

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to answer questions of parliamentarians.

ADDIS ABABA – Meeting between African Union Peace and Security Council and UN Security Council.

MOZAMBIQUE

MAPUTO – Following developments after main opposition party rejects results of last week’s general elections.

SENEGAL

THIES – Turkish Maarif Foundation to inaugurate academic year in its schools in Senegal.

SPECIAL REPORT

Hariri’s reform plan will not stem protests: Experts

By Ali Abo Rezeg

ANKARA (AA) – Despite its many good points, the reform package Lebanon’s prime minister unveiled this week is unlikely to defuse the ongoing tensions or satisfy protesters, agreed two local analysts.

SPECIAL REPORT

Tunisia polls to ignite new Arab Spring: Analysts

By Mohammad Sheikh Yousef

ISTANBUL (AA) – Recent presidential and parliamentary elections in Tunisia have revived hopes in the Arab world for a second wave of Arab Spring for achieving a democratic transition and greater political freedom, analysts believe.

SPECIAL REPORT

'Putin to help with safe zone but wants help in Idlib’

By Vakkas Dogantekin

ANKARA (AA) – A summit Tuesday in Sochi between the presidents of Turkey and Russia on a Syrian safe zone is expected to be positive, said a former White House security expert.

SPECIAL REPORT

Breast, cervical cancer, Zimbabwe’s new twin evils

By Jeffrey Moyo

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AA) – Four years ago, breast cancer claimed the life of her mother. Now, 34-year-old Thembi Bhebhe, a high school teacher, is battling cervical cancer, bed-ridden at her Harare home, the Zimbabwean capital.

SPECIAL REPORT

Experts question media liberty sans duties

By Addis Getachew and Seleshi Tessema

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AA) – Among many reforms undertaken by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 43, that won him the Nobel peace prize recently, was to ensure a considerable degree of freedom to media.

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