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Turkey claims healthcare 'transformation' helped vanquish virus

Ankara - When Turkey had the highest number of coronavirus cases outside of Europe and the US in April, there were fears its health system could be overwhelmed and its death rate could rocket.

After rare silence, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Istanbul - An eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest, largest and most visited markets, where a raucous mixture of languages, cultures and commerce has buzzed for centuries.

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied border strip

Athens - Greece on Sunday dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Islamabad - Dubbed the Muslim "Game of Thrones", a drama about the makings of the Ottoman Empire has sent Pakistan wild this Ramadan, smashing television records but exposing the country's lack of original content.

US presses advancing Libya government to end fighting

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday pressed Libya's Turkish-backed government for a ceasefire and criticized the flow of weapons as Tripoli pushes back against a year-old rebel offensive.

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over virus aid

Ankara - On the Turkish capital's bridges and bus stops, Ankara mayor Mansur Yavas urges wealthier residents to help poorer citizens during the coronavirus pandemic by paying off their debts to grocers.

For Europe's strongmen, pandemic is opportunity and risk

Paris - Europe's strongmen leaders want to use the coronavirus pandemic to tighten their grip while touting their prowess in overcoming crises, but their authority risks being badly undermined if the outbreak is mishandled.

Cyprus says Turkey denied COVID-19 supply flight airspace entry

Nicosia - Cyprus said Wednesday a flight it had chartered from China carrying 36 tonnes of COVID-19 medical supplies was diverted towards Moscow after Turkey denied it entry into its airspace.

Over 65s in Turkey go outside for first time since March

Istanbul - Turkish people aged 65 and over on Sunday described their joy after the government allowed them to go outside for the first time in nearly two months in an easing of the coronavirus restrictions.

Turkish doctors turn detectives to track virus

Istanbul - In full protective gear, two doctors climb the stairs four at a time. Their first task of the day: to test a woman who has had contact with a coronavirus patient in Istanbul.

Friends, foes see opening in helping virus-hit US

Washington - The United States has long hailed its aid overseas as a sign of good intentions, but friends and foes alike are seeing opportunities of their own by helping the global power ravaged by the coronavirus.

Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-gay sermon

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted people and was condemned in Islamic teaching.

Dolphins reclaim Bosphorus as virus silences Istanbul

Istanbul - A lull in boat traffic and a fishing ban in Istanbul forced by the coronavirus pandemic has proved good news for some of the city's most-loved inhabitants -- the dolphins that swim in the fish-rich waters of the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia...

Armenia decries crimes against 'civilisation' on genocide anniversary

Yerevan - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday decried crimes against "civilisation" and demanded an apology from Turkey as his country marked the 105th anniversary of the WWI-era Armenian genocide.

Turkish mosque turned into temporary 'supermarket'

Istanbul - At the entrance of an Istanbul mosque, the racks usually reserved for the shoes of the faithful are loaded with pasta packages, oil bottles, biscuits -- like a supermarket.But they aren't for sale.

Orthodox Easter services hit by virus as many stay home

Moscow - More than 260 million Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter Sunday, with church leaders urging worshippers to stay at home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.

Virus spreads anxiety among Istanbul's African migrants

Istanbul - With a list of names in his hand, Alfa Barrie is on the phone to an African migrant, one of Istanbul's undocumented workers looking for help as the coronavirus pandemic hits Turkey's largest city."Where is the house? Send me the location.

Turkey to release thousands of prisoners over coronavirus

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a law that allows for the release tens of thousands of prisoners as a safety measure against the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey MPs back law freeing thousands of prisoners over coronavirus

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a law that allows for the release tens of thousands of prisoners as a safety measure against the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey hospital sees hope as 93-year-old virus patient discharged

Istanbul - Cheered by her doctors, 93-year-old Alye Gunduz was discharged from an Istanbul hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus following 10 days of treatment.

Erdogan under pressure as coronavirus cases spike in Turkey

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up measures to stem surging coronavirus cases in Turkey but his refusal to impose a full lockdown in order to keep the economy afloat is drawing criticism.

Turkey tightens controls in public places over virus threat

Istanbul - Turkey stepped up controls Saturday on crowded public spaces including markets and ferries in Istanbul, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed the use of face masks to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey mayor urges lockdown for Istanbul

Istanbul - Istanbul's opposition mayor on Thursday called for a lockdown in Turkey's largest city after it reported the country's highest number of coronavirus cases and criticised the lack of coordination with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Trump, Erdogan stress need for Syria, Libya ceasefires: W.House

Washington - US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined Tuesday the need for ceasefires in Syria and Libya during the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said.

Virus threatens fragile Turkish economy

Ankara - The Turkish economy was healing after a recession when the new coronavirus struck, leaving Ankara scrambling to contain the damage with stimulus measures worth billions and facing demands to do much more.

Turkey coronavirus deaths pass 100: health minister

Ankara - More than 100 people have died from the novel coronavirus in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Saturday, as 1,704 new cases were recorded.

Turkey charges 20 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday charged 20 suspects including two former top aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal 2018 murder of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi.

Erdogan discusses migrant crisis, Syria with Macron, Merkel and Johnson

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed the migrant crisis and the situation in Syria's rebel enclave of Idlib, with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain.

New homes offer some relief for Syria's desperate displaced

- Hamad al-Abdallah has installed wifi and insulation in his new concrete room, trying to make the most of the desperate conditions his family has endured since fleeing Syrian regime bombardments.

HRW denounces Greece over migrants held on warship

Athens - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on Greece to reverse its "draconian policy" towards over 450 migrants detained on a navy ship docked in Mytilene port in Lesbos.
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A family enjoys lunch next to a large Turkish flag
Nevsehir is located in the Cappadocian region of Turkey.
Nevsehir is located in the Cappadocian region of Turkey.
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My Turkish husband and me on a motorbike in southern Turkey
My Turkish husband and me on a motorbike in southern Turkey
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Children rest after walking around with their Turkish flags
rode the ferry across surprisingly choppy Aegean water
rode the ferry across surprisingly choppy Aegean water
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Lilacs in a graceful Turkish tea glass
A cafe at Greenpark Hotel with view of the summit
A cafe at Greenpark Hotel with view of the summit
Nevsehir s underground city is the largest found in Turkey.
Nevsehir's underground city is the largest found in Turkey.
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The boat turns westward in the wide Antalya bay which is surrounded by mountains
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Turkish lady cooking.
The swimming cove at the bottom of Castle Hill
The swimming cove at the bottom of Castle Hill
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A group of students peacefully celebrate with flags in Turkey
Start your tour at the ferry dock at Kadikoy  on the Asian side of Istanbul
Start your tour at the ferry dock at Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul
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Looking down on Kaeliçi with its old stone buildings and red-tiled roofs
Kristen s family stood on Lighthouse Point and watched
Kristen's family stood on Lighthouse Point and watched
The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray
The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray
RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla  Turkey  about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tues...
RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla, Turkey, about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tuesday's disaster occurred.
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A newly married couple pose in the Old Castle section of Antalya
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Walk along the seaside park in Izmir, toward the Aegean ferry
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