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13 killed, 27 injured in missile attack targeting residential area, hospital in Syria’s Afrin

At least 13 people were killed and several more were wounded in two separate artillery attacks in the northern Syrian town of Afrin controlled by Turkey-backed fighters, activists and an aid group said on Sunday. The first attack struck a residential area, while the second hit a hospital shortly afterwards. Video footage on social media showed […]

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurates controversial mosque in Taksim Square

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a mosque in Taksim Square , Istanbul. Thousands attended the ceremony, with some praying in the square itself because the mosque was full. The mosque features prominently next to a public space traditionally seen as a symbol of the secular Turkish republic. It also dwarfs a monument to the […]

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UK’s plastic waste is being dumped and burned in Turkey, Greenpeace finds

UK plastic waste is being exported to Turkey and then illegally dumped and burned, according to a new report. Greenpeace said about 40% of the UK’s plastic waste exports were sent to Turkey last year. But rather than being recycled, investigators saw some of it dumped by roads, in fields and in waterways. The UK […]

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Turkey company shuts down electricity supply to Lebanon, plunging the country into darkness

A Turkey power company that provides electricity to Lebanon from two barges shut down supplies over payment arrears and a legal threat to its vessels amid the country’s economic crisis. Karpowership, the company that supplies 370 megawatts (MW) or about one-quarter of Lebanon’s supply, told the government it would have to shut down in the […]

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Turkey enters first national lockdown as Covid-19 infections climb

Turkey has entered its first national coronavirus lockdown as infection rates continue to climb in the country, now the highest in Europe. The lockdown began on Thursday at 7:00pm local time and will last through the remainder of the month of Ramadan and over the Eid al Fitr holiday. It is scheduled to end at […]

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Turkey bans use of crypto currencies and crypto assets, Bitcoin tumbles

Bitcoin tumbled more than four percent on Friday after Turkey’s central bank banned the use of crypto currencies and crypto assets for purchases, citing possible “irreparable” damage and transaction risks. In legislation published in the Official Gazette, the central bank said cryptocurrencies and other digital assets based on distributed ledger technology could not be used, […]

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Ukrainian President visits Turkey as tensions escalate with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Istanbul over the weekend to mark the 10th anniversary of his country’s strategic partnership with Turkey and shore up support from his Black Sea neighbour as tensions escalate with Russia over Ukraine’s simmering war in Donbas. “Turkey’s support for the restoration of our sovereignty and territorial integrity is extremely important,” […]

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Turkey and Greece accuse each other of pushing migrant boats

Greece accused Turkey of pushing boats carrying migrants into Greek waters, a claim that Turkey has strongly rejected. Greece and Turkey disagree on a range of issues, including energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, and tensions between the NATO allies rose last year when thousands of asylum seekers in Turkey tried to storm the Greek […]

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WATCH: Mother cat carries one of her ill new-born kittens into Turkish hospital

A cat in Turkey walked into a hospital carrying her new-born kitten in her mouth seeking medical help. Videos recorded in a hospital in the Karabaglar district in Izmir, Turkey, showed the cat walking into the hospital with its kitten clutched in its mouth. People in the video can be seen stepping aside to allow the […]

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United Nations seeks $10 billion in aid to help Syrian refugees and civilians

The United Nations is seeking USD $10 billion in aid to help Syria, saying civilians there continue to face attacks as well as increased hunger and poverty, as the COVID-19 pandemic compounds the “despair and disaster” of the 10 years of civil war. The demand came ahead of a Brussels Conference on Syria, an annual […]

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Turkey uses Suez Canal blockade to repair ties with Egypt

Turkey has offered to resolve the blockage on the Suez Canal, Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said on Friday. The move is seen as a measure to repair strained ties with Egypt after years of animosity. Transit through one of the world’s busiest shipping canals has been blocked since Tuesday by the 400 meter Ever Given […]

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Turkish lira plunges 15% after Erdogan fires central bank governor

Turkey’s currency fell up to 15% after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sacked the country’s central bank governor over the weekend. Naci Agbal had been credited as a key force in pulling the lira back from historic lows. Mr Erdogan replaced him in a surprise move on Saturday, the third central bank governor exit in under […]