Geography of Asia

Turkey concerned over Israel's new settlements move

Turkey on Jan. 12 expressed concern over Israel's plans to build new illegal settlements in Palestine's occupied West Bank.

"The move is the latest example of the illegitimate practices of Israel that it accelerated before the new administration takes office in the US," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

WHO enters Wuhan

The WHO team was supposed to arrive in China early in January, but the authorities in Beijing did not immediately agree to approve their arrival.
Reuters reports that the National Health Commission, which announced the date of arrival of the WHO investigation team, did not provide more details about the plan of activities of the WHO investigators.

Pakistan hit by nationwide power blackout

Power was gradually being restored to major cities across Pakistan on Jan. 10 after it was hit by a massive electricity blackout, officials said.

The electricity distribution system in the nation of more than 210 million people is a complex - and delicate - web, and a problem in one section of the grid can lead to cascading breakdowns countrywide.

Entrepreneurial hackathon to kick off

A hackathon on migration and entrepreneurship, called the "Migathon," is set to kick off on Jan. 8 with the participation of Turks and Syrian asylum seekers.

The event will take place between Jan. 8 and 10. Turks and Syrian asylum seekers residing in Turkey's Istanbul, Şanlıurfa, Adana, Mersin, Bursa, İzmir, Ankara, Konya and Hatay provinces will be able to participate.