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Friday, May 29, 2020

The Istanbul Convention and women's protection: Bombing the heart of the family in Turkey? - Qantara.de

Bombing the heart of the family in Turkey?

Turkey signed up to the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention, which aims to protect women from violence. Conservative forces in the country, however, are calling for Turkey's immediate withdrawal, claiming the traditional family is in danger. By Pelin Unker and Daniel Derya Bellut

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Turkish president says to partially lift COVID-19 restrictions on June 1 - China.org.cn

Turkish president says to partially lift COVID-19 restrictions on June 1

ISTANBUL, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday announced that a series of bans, which were previously imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, would be lifted on June 1

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Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency - BBC News

Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency
By Orla Guerin
BBC International Correspondent, Istanbul

Turkey has a lower recorded death toll than many other countries in Europe
Covid-19 came late to Turkey - on 11 March - but soon singed every corner of the country. Within a month all 81 provinces had been affected.

It was the one of the fastest growing outbreaks in the world - worse than China or the UK. There were fears that the death toll would soar turning Turkey into another Italy, which was then the hardest hit country.

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Turkey Borrowed Foreign Currency as Lira Tumbled - WSJ

Turkey Borrowed Foreign Currency as Lira Tumbled

Central bank short-term borrowing from its local banking system jumped to a record in April

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Pandemic May PushTurkey Further to Autocracy | Voice of America - English

Pandemic May PushTurkey Further to Autocracy
May 28, 2020 06:46 AM
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For years, international observers, western governments, and opposition politicians in Turkey have warned of the country’s slide to what one commentator called "an elected autocracy" under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now,as coronavirus infections and deaths drop,the government has tightened already stringent controls on social media. Critics say the pandemic is accelerating Turkey’s descent from democratic freedoms. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.

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

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.

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