Turkish, Venezuelan leaders discuss ways to boost ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke over the phone with his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss steps to boost bilateral ties, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on Aug. 14. 

Erdoğan and Nicolas Maduro also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and solidarity, as well as regional developments, according to the directorate.

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Top Turkish diplomat to launch 3-day Latin America tour

Turkey's foreign minister will pay official visits to the Caribbean region next week, the ministry said on Aug. 14. 

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will attend the inauguration Sunday of Dominican Republic's President-elect Luis Abinader Corona, according to a statement that said Abinader will receive Çavuşoğlu after the ceremony.

Venezuela asks extradition of US citizen in failed raid

Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab said his office has requested arrest warrants against U.S. military veteran Jordan Goudreau as well as Jose Rendon and Sergio Vergara, two Venezuelans accused of involvement in a failed armed incursion earlier this week aimed at overthrowing the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

UN: Millions are already Relying on Food Aid, World on Brink of `a Hunger Pandemic’

Millions around the world are already relying heavily on food aid to survive, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.

David Beasley, head of the (WFP), said urgent action was needed to avoid a worldwide catastrophe.

The report estimates that the number of people starving could almost double - from 135 million to more than 250 million.

Latest on the coronavirus: Global cases pass 2.1 million

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 2.15 million on April 17 as the pandemic swept across the globe.

Johns Hopkins University's website showed over 145,000 people have died from the virus.

The total number of people recovered from COVID-19 reached passed 548,000 according to the data.