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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Tuesday dismissed a report by the European Commission as "biased, far from constructive", saying Ankara rejected the criticisms directed at its economy, democracy and courts, and remained committed to the EU membership process. Earlier, the European Commission accused President Tayyip Erdogan's government of undermining Turkey's economy, eroding its democracy and destroying independent courts, and said this record left Ankara further away than ever from EU membership. In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said sections of the report on tensions in the eastern Mediterranean smeared the Commission's objectivity, adding that Ankara was acting in line with democratic norms and international laws
By Olga Dzyubenko and Vladimir Pirogov BISHKEK (Reuters) - Opposition groups took control of most of Kyrgyzstan's government apparatus on Tuesday after storming buildings during post-election protests, but the president clung to power as unrest risked tipping the Central Asian state into chaos. Protests spread throughout the country, where two presidents have been overthrown in the past 15 years, halting some foreign gold mining operations and prompting an expression of concern from Russia, a longtime ally.
LONDON (Reuters) - Rich countries could be back to close to normal by late 2021 if a COVID-19 vaccine works, is ready soon and distributed properly at scale, billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Tuesday. "By late next year you can have things going back pretty close to normal - that's the best case," Gates, 64, told The Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "We still don't know whether these vaccines will succeed," Gates said.