The first-ever China-Central Asia Summit is being held on May 18 and 19 in Xi’an, a Chinese city known for its ancient Silk Road trade route. At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, all five heads of state of Central Asia will take part in the summit. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on May 8 that the "first major diplomatic event that China hosts this year" will be a milestone, ushering in a "new era of cooperation," and an "important political document" will be signed at the summit that will "draw a new blueprint for China-Central Asia relations."
Airlines and airports are facing a surge in baggage mishandling rates amidst the growing number of passengers, with the number of mishandled bags almost doubling from 2021 to 2022 to 7.6 bags per thousand passengers, according to SITA’s 2023 Baggage IT Insights report released.
On 16-17 May 2023, Dushanbe hosted the "Central Asian Conference on Climate Change" (CACCC-2023), which was attended by delegations from Central Asian countries in order to agree on further steps for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The number of executions recorded worldwide in 2022 was the highest in the past five years, the international human rights organization Amnesty International reports. According to the organization, the main reason is that several states in the Middle East have begun to use capital punishment more often.
Turkiye is preparing to hold a second round of presidential elections on 28 May, as none of the candidates managed to overcome the 50 percent barrier in the first round of voting held on Sunday.
As part of a recently adopted strategy to expand the fleet to more than 800 aircraft by 2033, Turkish Airlines plans to announce a huge order for the purchase of 600 aircrafts in June. It is reported by Business Aviation Portal.
Three boxers of the Uzbekistan national team became world champions, defeating their rivals in Tashkent.
The coronation of British King Charles III took place today in London. The broadcast was conducted on the official YouTube channel of the Royal family of Great Britain. Celebrations on the occasion of the coronation will last all weekend and Monday, which is declared a public holiday throughout the country.
The World Health Organization is canceling the pandemic status for COVID-19, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said.