Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Friday, March 8, 2019 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories):


SANLIURFA – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to lead campaign rallies in southeastern Sanliurfa province ahead of March 31 local elections.

SANLIURFA – Erdogan later to attend opening ceremony of Gobeklitepe archaeological site and event marking International Women’s Day.

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency’s Editors’ Desk to host National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.


LONDON- Conscience Movement, activist group for rights of women and children kept in prisons in Syria, to hold rally outside prime minister’s office.


GAZA – For 50th consecutive week, Palestinians to converge along Gaza-Israel buffer zone to take part in rallies against Israeli occupation.


ISTANBUL – Turkish basketball team Anadolu Efes to face Spain’s Barcelona in Round of 25 of 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague regular season.

SPECIAL REPORT – Turkish woman ambulance driver strives in male industry

By Ali Murat Alhas

ANKARA (AA) – Busra Teke always welcomed the idea of saving lives as a way of earning a living. But she also enjoys driving cars.

SPECIAL REPORT – Syrian nurse recounts struggles of war-affected women

By Meryem Goktas

AZAZ, Syria (AA) – As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, a nurse in Syria recalls the struggles women have been facing since the outbreak of the war in 2011.