Putin and Erdogan in Turkey to mark key phase in pipeline

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin arrive to attend a ceremony to mark the completion of the sea part of the TurkStream gas pipeline in Istanbul. (Reuters)
Updated 19 November 2018
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Putin and Erdogan in Turkey to mark key phase in pipeline

  • The two leaders are marking the completion of the offshore part of TurkStream’s two lines
  • Turkey relies on imports for its energy needs and Russia is its top supplier for natural gas

ISTANBUL: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are in Istanbul to mark the completion of a key phase in a natural gas pipeline.
The two leaders on Monday are marking the completion of the offshore part of TurkStream’s two lines that will carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey.
The lines when finished are expected to supply Russian gas to European markets through Turkish territories. Together the two 930-kilometer (578-mile) lines via the Black Sea will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters (1.1 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas annually.
Turkey relies on imports for its energy needs and Russia is its top supplier for natural gas. It bought 28 billion cubic meters last year. That gas is currently transported through another line under the Black Sea and the onshore West Line through Ukraine, which is mired in conflict with Russia.


20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, says UN

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (C - R) listens to UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock during a meeting hold by the United Nations on the Ebola disease in Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 15, 2019, in Geneva. (AFP)
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20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, says UN

  • If these children fall ill, the report said, they are at risk of the most severe health consequences, and are least able to get the treatment and care they need

LONDON: More than one in 10 children — or 20 million worldwide — missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said on Monday.
In a report on global immunization coverage, the UN agencies found that vaccination levels are stagnating, notably in poor countries or areas of conflict.
“Vaccines are one of our most important tools for preventing outbreaks and keeping the world safe,” the WHO’s Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“It’s often those who are most at risk — the poorest, the most marginalized, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes — who are persistently missed,” he said. “Far too many are left behind.”
The WHO/UNICEF report found that since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and one dose of measles vaccine has stalled at around 86 percent.
The report said this was too low, since 95 percent coverage is generally needed to provide “herd immunity” to those who are not vaccinated.
“Measles is a real-time indicator of where we have more work to do to fight preventable diseases,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director. “An outbreak points to communities that are missing out on vaccines ... (and) we have to exhaust every effort to immunize every child.”
Almost half the world’s unvaccinated children are in just 16 countries: Afghanistan, CAR, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
If these children fall ill, the report said, they are at risk of the most severe health consequences, and are least able to get the treatment and care they need.