ANKARA (AA) - Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories):
ISTANBUL - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend groundbreaking ceremony for construction of rail line for Gayrettepe-Istanbul Airport metro.
ANKARA/CAIRO - Following developments after Egyptian police raided Cairo office of Anadolu Agency and arrested four employees, with one staff member back in Turkey after release.
TRIPOLI - Monitoring developments on unraveling cease-fire, efforts for both sides to sign truce.
ALEPPO/IDLIB/RAQQA/HASAKEH - Monitoring developments after cease-fire brokered by Turkey and Russia came into effect in Idlib, which was targeted by Bashar al-Assad regime and allies.
BAGHDAD - Monitoring anti-government protests across country.
TEHRAN - Following nationwide anti-government protests.
GAZIANTEP - Fenerbahce to face Gaziantep FK in Turkey's top-tier football league, Super Lig.
Challenges ahead of Berlin conference on Libya
By Ali Murat Alhas
ANKARA (AA) - All eyes are on the Sunday’s Berlin conference, where regional and international actors are set to discuss Libya conflict that has been going on since the ouster of the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
'Memory site' captures heart, soul of slain Armenian-Turkish journalist
By Murat Paksoy and Handan Kazanci
ISTANBUL (AA) - Thirteen years since his assassination on the steps of an Istanbul-based newspaper he once ran, Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's office has at long last been reopened to the public as a memorial.
War and winter scourge for displaced Afghans
By Shadi Khan Saif
KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) - Held between severe winter and war, as many as 900,000 displaced people in war-torn Afghanistan, living on the edge of a humanitarian catastrophe are crying for attention.
Can Ethiopia hold a credible 2020 election?
By Addis Getachew and Ibrahim Tigli
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AA) - The much anticipated announcement of voting day for the 2020 elections in Ethiopia came just on Wednesday -- it is tentatively proposed for Aug. 16.
Soleimani had sheltered al-Qaeda leaders, claims author
By Iftikhar Gilani
ANKARA (AA) - Although high-profile slain Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani is known for extending Shia arc or Iranian influence beyond his country’s borders to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and up to Yemen, little is known that he had also sheltered fighters of al-Qaeda terrorist group and senior members of its military council, a British author claimed.
Duboeuf, French winemaker changing fortunes of Beaujolais region
By Cindi Cook
PARIS (AA) - The French wine world lost a giant: Winemaker Georges Duboeuf passed away on Jan. 4 at his home in Romanèche-Thorins near Lyon. He was 86 when he died of a stroke.
Will Putin continue in politics after 2024?
By Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak
ANKARA (AA) - After Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unexpected proposal for constitutional changes Wednesday, experts suggest Putin has further ambitions for ruling Russia after his term ends in 2024.