BEIJING -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday exchanged messages of congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Under the care and guidance of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, China-Turkey strategic cooperative relations in recent years have continued to develop, and bilateral practical cooperation has achieved remarkable results, Wang said in the message. (China-Turkey-Diplomatic Relations-Wang Yi)
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TRIPOLI -- Libya's Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have signed a working plan on the protection of children in Libya, UNICEF said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The program, which is expected to run up to Dec. 31, 2022, will continue to ensure that community-based child protection, psychosocial, and reintegration services are available for boys and girls. (Libya-UNICEF-Children Protection)
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WELLINGTON -- Working together to find coherent, timely solutions to complex global challenges is the only way the region will continue to thrive, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) declared on Tuesday night during their third virtual meeting for the year.
Rachel Taulelei, Chair of ABAC for 2021, said that the council had finalized its annual letter and report to APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders at the meeting. (New Zealand-ABAC-meeting)
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GABORONE -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will have a virtual deployment of an Electoral Observation Mission for Zambia's upcoming general election, the community said in a statement on Tuesday.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and protocols in place in Zambia, the SADC electoral observation "will engage stakeholders virtually during the pre-election, election and immediate post-election phases," said the statement. (SADC-Zambia-election)
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WASHINGTON -- With the third wave of COVID-19 is sweeping across the United States, American people are feeling a sense of whiplash as a surge in infections and hospital admissions, said an article published by the BBC.
Many Americans are expecting the colder weather and schools re-opening with more hesitancy, fear and frustration, the article wrote. (COVID-19)