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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Turkey's trains to run next week, airline to avoid staff cuts - Reuters

Turkey's trains to run next week, airline to avoid staff cuts

ISTANBUL, May 23 (Reuters) - Turkey said on Saturday some intercity trains will re-start next week as it gradually eases a partial coronavirus lockdown, while the chairman of Turkish Airlines said it was likely there would be no staff cuts for two years.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Turkey's central bank sees signs economy may have bottomed out - Reuters

Turkey's central bank sees signs economy may have bottomed out

ISTANBUL, May 21 (Reuters) - The Turkish central bank said on Thursday the economy may have bottomed out earlier this month after a slump brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, as it delivered what it called a “measured” interest rate cut to 8.25% from 8.75%.

More:Turkey's central bank sees signs economy may have bottomed out - Reuters

Turkey sees drop in daily coronavirus infections - The Hour

Turkey sees drop in daily coronavirus infections
Updated 2:07 pm EDT, Thursday, May 21, 2020

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday reported its lowest daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the past two months, with 961 new infections in the past 24 hours.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Turkish President Keeps Pushing Forward With The Waterway Project : NPR

Turkish President Keeps Pushing Forward With The Waterway Project

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing forward with the project of digging the waterway parallel to the Bosporus, despite warnings that it is not viable and could do ecological damage.

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Turkey’s wind energy capacity surges in 10 years with new technologies | Daily Sabah

Turkey’s wind energy capacity surges in 10 years with new technologies
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
ISTANBUL ENERGY MAY 19, 2020 2:22 PM GMT+3

A total of 3,285 turbines installed across Turkey. (File Photo)
With new technologies came into use, further contributed with financial backing and investments, Turkey’s wind energy sector’s installed capacity surged tenfold in the last 10 years, Turkey Wind Energy Association's (TÜREB) chairman said Tuesday.

More:Turkey’s wind energy capacity surges in 10 years with new technologies | Daily Sabah

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records | Daily Sabah

Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records
BY DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL TURKEY MAY 17, 2020 7:46 PM GMT+3

A woman cools off with some water from a fountain amid all-time high May temperatures, during a six-hour break from the coronavirus curfew, Muğla, Turkey, May 17, 2020. (AA Photo)
Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.

More:Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records | Daily Sabah

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Turkish firm produces first domestic drug for COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish firm produces first domestic drug for COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-16 02:15:08|Editor: huaxia
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- A Turkish company recently launched the first domestic production of a drug to be used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the Demiroren news agency reported Friday.

The production has been progressing at the facility of the pharmaceutical company in the Cerkezkoy district of Tekirdag Province, some 150 km from Istanbul, under the surveillance of about 100 scientists.

More:Turkish firm produces first domestic drug for COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turks celebrate Ramadan under shadow of pandemic

Turks celebrate Ramadan under shadow of pandemic

From masked drummers to online pide contests, Turks are bring new twists to Ramadan in the coronavirus era.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over virus aid - France 24

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over virus aid

Issued on: 15/05/2020 - 07:28
Modified: 15/05/2020 - 07:26

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.

"Kindness is more contagious than disease," the advert proclaims, showing a large black book with the word "paid" in red.

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Health minister declares virus outbreak under control in Turkey | Daily Sabah

Health minister declares virus outbreak under control in Turkey
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL TURKEY MAY 14, 2020 2:11 PM GMT+3

A security officer checks the body temperature of a woman at the entrance of a shopping mall on Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul, Turkey, May 11, 2020. (AFP Photo)
With the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 surpassing 100,000, more than 70% of the country's coronavirus cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the outbreak is now under control in Turkey
Turkey has registered a constant recovery rate since week five of the outbreak, and the pandemic is now considered under control, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Is a coup really looming in Turkey?

Is a coup really looming in Turkey?

Amid Turkey’s deepening economic woes and the COVID-19 pandemic, the main opposition has come into the government's crosshairs for allegedly inciting a military coup, which is no coincidence.

more:Is a coup really looming in Turkey?

Turkey Faces Currency Crisis As COVID-19 Strains Economy : NPR

Turkey Faces Currency Crisis As COVID-19 Strains Economy
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In Turkey, the government is touting its donations of medical supplies abroad even though coronavirus is taking a steep toll in Turkey and the economy is on the brink.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Disinfection industry booms in Turkey - CGTN

Coronavirus Pandemic: Disinfection industry booms in Turkey

Many businesses in Turkey have taken a hit due to COVID-19. Shopping malls and restaurants are closed, and factories are shut down. But one industry is flourishing – disinfection services. CGTN's Michal Bardavid reports.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

COVID-19 increases Turkey’s appetite for health tourism

COVID-19 increases Turkey’s appetite for health tourism

Health tourism is not a new thing for Turkey. In 2010, the Health Ministry established the Health Tourism Unit, which later became the Health Tourism Coordination Council (SATURK), to orchestrate the efforts to turn Turkey into a medical tourism hub.

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Turkey accuses five nations of forming 'alliance of evil' | News | fredericksburg.com

Turkey accuses five nations of forming 'alliance of evil'
By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press 7 hrs ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an “alliance of evil” after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara’s policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya.

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Coronavirus economic shocks could prove catalyst for Erdoğan's political decline | World news | The Guardian

Coronavirus economic shocks could prove catalyst for Erdoğan's political decline
Collapsing economy and handling of crisis may deal president mortal blow

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a populist juggernaut, fond of suggesting that his leadership is the only way to protect the country from enemies both real and imagined. The coronavirus pandemic, however, is an existential crisis unlike anything he has faced before.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Could Turkey’s opposition provide a model for the defeat of populist authoritarian rule? | openDemocracy

Could Turkey’s opposition provide a model for the defeat of populist authoritarian rule?

COVID-19 could strengthen global resilience against populist authoritarianism. Those movements should also learn from each other.

More:Could Turkey’s opposition provide a model for the defeat of populist authoritarian rule? | openDemocracy

Roundup: Turkey's shopping malls, barbershops reopen amid easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Roundup: Turkey's shopping malls, barbershops reopen amid easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions
Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-11 23:36:08|Editor: huaxia
ISTANBUL, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Most of the shopping malls, barbershops and beauty salons across Turkey resumed operations on Monday as part of a gradual easing of the restrictions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huseyin Altas, chairman of Turkey's Shopping Centers and Investors Association, told reporters that 350 out of a total of 436 malls in the country opened their doors to clients.

More:Roundup: Turkey's shopping malls, barbershops reopen amid easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish doctors turn detectives to track COVID-19 - CNA

Turkish doctors turn detectives to track COVID-19

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 COVID-19 patient in Istanbul.

More:Turkish doctors turn detectives to track COVID-19 - CNA

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Turkey and EU ties on 70th year of Europe Day

Turkey and EU ties on 70th year of Europe Day

Today, the European Union is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration which created the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) with the participation of France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg

more:Turkey and EU ties on 70th year of Europe Day

Turkey plans almost $3 billion capital injection for state banks, sources say - Reuters

Turkey plans almost $3 billion capital injection for state banks, sources say
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey plans to inject about 20 billion lira ($2.8 billion) of new capital into three state banks - Ziraat Bank, Halkbank (HALKB.IS) and Vakifbank (VAKBN.IS) - in the coming days, two banking sources told Reuters on Friday.

Turkish banks are under increased pressure to lend in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that is tipping the nation’s economy into what is expected to be its second recession in less than two years. State lenders generally have smaller capital buffers than their private peers.

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Friday, May 08, 2020

Why is Turkey prioritizing shopping malls in reopening plan?

Why is Turkey prioritizing shopping malls in reopening plan?

Ankara’s haste to reopen shopping malls may be an effort to revive sagging consumption, but it also has to do with a tight nexus between politicians and businesses in the country.

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Ankara mayor’s popularity soars during COVID-19 pandemic

Ankara mayor’s popularity soars during COVID-19 pandemic 

Ankara’s secular mayor represents a robust and resilient challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in terms of popularity
Yavas has been widely praised for his social projects during the pandemic, which have helped people from all backgrounds
ANKARA: Yusuf Derin, 45, is the father of four and has desperately been searching for employment since losing his job at a restaurant when it closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to a nationwide recession.

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Inside Istanbul's 'plague islands' | CNN Travel

Inside Istanbul's 'plague islands'
Video by Ed Scott-Clarke and Joseph Ataman, text by Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN • Published 8th May 2020

(CNN) — Like many places around the world, Turkey has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 100,000 cases have been registered in the country, with the vast majority recorded in Istanbul.
But this isn't the first time Turkey's largest city has been devastated by an outbreak of disease.
Around 540 CE, Istanbul, known as Constantinople at the time, fell victim to one of the worst outbreaks of the Black Death, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people each day.

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Burak Bekdil: Turkey's Erdoğan Could Face Serious Political Challenge :: Middle East Forum

Burak Bekdil: Turkey's Erdoğan Could Face Serious Political Challenge
by Marilyn Stern
Middle East Forum Radio
May 8, 2020

Burak Bekdil, Ankara-based columnist and Charles Wax Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, spoke to Middle East Forum Radio host Gregg Roman on April 22 about the coronavirus pandemic's impact on Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's political future.

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Istanbul Municipality launches campaign to fund unpaid bills - Turkey News

Istanbul Municipality launches campaign to fund unpaid bills
ISTANBUL

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has launched an online aid campaign calling on better-off residents to help financially troubled dwellers in paying their unpaid bills, as the coronavirus pandemic has strained many households in Turkey’s largest city.

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Turkey has not become like Italy. Was it science or luck? | Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Turkey has not become like Italy. Was it science or luck?
AuthorTülin Daloğlu

In this issue of Turkeyscope, senior Turkish journalist Tülin Daloğlu provided an insider's perspective on Turkey's struggle with the Coronavirus. The article analyzes the measures that have been implemented since the eruption of the first COVID-19 case in Turkey and their effects on the Turkish public.

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In Turkey, the AKP’s COVID-19 Strategy Could Be Its Downfall

In Turkey, the AKP’s COVID-19 Strategy Could Be Its Downfall

Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
May 8, 2020 | 10:00 GMT

Pedestrians wearing masks walk down a street in Istanbul’s historic Eminonu district on May 5, 2020. Many stores remain closed in Istanbul, which has become the epicenter of Turkey’s COVID-19 epidemic. 

(Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
To bolster what remains of its legitimacy, President Erdogan’s party will likely double down on nationalist and protectionist policies, even if such efforts create more problems down the road....

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The Turkish lira's perfect storm | News | WKZO

The Turkish lira's perfect storm
Thursday, May 07, 2020 10:46 a.m. EDT by Thomson Reuters

FILE PHOTO: A merchant counts Turkish lira banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
By Marc Jones

LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey's lira has slumped to a record low and worries are mounting that it is being sucked into a perfect storm.

The coronavirus is bringing a deep recession, analysts estimate the central bank has used up roughly a quarter of its freely available currency reserves in recent months and with huge dollar-denominated liabilities to service there are question marks about what its policy response is.

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Thursday, May 07, 2020

Istanbul Tulip returns home after 200 years

Istanbul Tulip returns home after 200 years

Dutch consul general hands over flower to mayor, 16 million Istanbulites

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Turkey's exports fell more than 41%, imports fell 28% amid a pandemic - Daily NewsX

Turkey’s exports fell more than 41%, imports fell 28% amid a pandemic
by Srinivasa RajuMay 7, 2020012
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Turkey’s exports and imports have been negatively affected by the coronavirus, with a marked decline observed in the course of April.

Exports fell 41.38% yoy to $ 9 billion during the month, according to preliminary data from the Ministry of Commerce published on Monday.

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Istanbul officials launch aid campaign to fund unpaid utility bills - China.org.cn

Istanbul officials launch aid campaign to fund unpaid utility bills
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ISTANBUL, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Local officials in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Wednesday launched a new online aid campaign for those who have trouble paying their invoices due to limitations against COVID-19.

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Erdogan's cold war with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Erdogan's cold war with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Turkey's patience with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is running low, sources tell Al-Monitor.

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Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy - The New York Times

Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy

Some are hoping that the coronavirus achieves what some of the president’s advisers have failed to do: persuade Mr. Erdogan to reverse his authoritarian grip over fiscal policy in Turkey.

More:Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy - The New York Times

Turkish barbers overjoyed at resuming business

Turkish barbers overjoyed at resuming business

Country gradually begins normalization amid novel coronavirus outbreak as barbershops to resume work on May 11

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Pressure on Turkey’s Economy Builds as Lira Nears Record Low - WSJ

Pressure on Turkey’s Economy Builds as Lira Nears Record Low
Turkey’s central bank has run short of foreign-currency reserves and turned to the U.S. for possible help, but analysts say Washington is unlikely to oblige
By Caitlin Ostroff and David Gauthier-Villars

The Turkish lira slid to its lowest level in two years Wednesday as investors speculated that its central bank would struggle to stem the currency’s decline amid the coronavirus economic crunch.

More:Pressure on Turkey’s Economy Builds as Lira Nears Record Low - WSJ

Turkish officials thought drawing rainbows would turn kids gay - Insider

Turkish officials reportedly ordered children to stop drawing rainbows, claiming it was a ploy to turn them gay
Connor Perrett

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference after cabinet meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on May 4, 2020. Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Turkish officials reportedly told school principals to forbid students from drawing rainbows and attaching them to windows, claiming the project was a ploy to turn children gay.

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Monday, May 04, 2020

Youth and elderly to leave homes at different times as Turkey eases lockdown | The Independent

Youth and elderly to leave homes at different times as Turkey eases lockdown

Lifting of restrictions comes amid drop in coronavirus deaths

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Turkey has become a hostage to Erdogan’s leadership – opinion - The Jerusalem Post

Turkey has become a hostage to Erdogan’s leadership – opinion

Now, with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis, Turkey has itself become a hostage.

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37 Percent of EU’s Waste in Turkey - english

37 Percent of EU’s Waste in Turkey

According to the statistics shared by the Eurostat, the European Union (EU) countries exported 31 million tons of waste in 2019, 11.4 million of which was to Turkey. The country has ranked first in the statistics, well ahead of other countries.

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Turkey Seeks US Funds, but Roadblocks Lie Ahead - The Media Line

Turkey Seeks US Funds, but Roadblocks Lie Ahead
KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI
05/03/2020

There remains a bitter aftertaste in Washington over Ankara’s acquisition of Russian weapons

Turkey’s pursuit of US funding to limit an economic crisis faces a major roadblock after Ankara said it would eventually go ahead and activate a key Russian weapon system.

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Hitler's Man In Turkey: The Unbelievable Story of a Nazi Spy Inside the British Embassy | The National Interest

Hitler's Man In Turkey: The Unbelievable Story of a Nazi Spy Inside the British Embassy
Codename: Cicero.

by Kelly Bell

On the evening of October 29, 1943, a middle-aged man, innocuous in appearance but for his deep-set, penetrating eyes, appeared at the German embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The facility’s intelligence officer, Ludwig Moyzisch, who at first was unimpressed by his after hours caller, received him. Conversing in their common language of French, the Austrian intelligence operative and his shadowy Turkish visitor became more intense as they continued to speak.

More:Hitler's Man In Turkey: The Unbelievable Story of a Nazi Spy Inside the British Embassy | The National Interest

Turkey Records 61 New COVID-19 Deaths, Lowest in Over a Month - The New York Times

Turkey Records 61 New COVID-19 Deaths, Lowest in Over a Month
By The Associated Press
May 3, 2020

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister has announced 61 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, which is the lowest number in over a month. The country's total death toll stands at 3,397.

More:Turkey Records 61 New COVID-19 Deaths, Lowest in Over a Month - The New York Times

Friday, May 01, 2020

bne IntelliNews - TURKEY INSIGHT: The lira’s past 7. Now don’t be a tough guy Erdogan, don’t be a fool!

TURKEY INSIGHT: The lira’s past 7. Now don’t be a tough guy Erdogan, don’t be a fool!

By Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 1, 2020
So, here we are again—past seven. It’s taken 21 months but the Turkish lira has again weakened through the psychologically important 7.00-to-the-dollar level not seen since Turkey’s August 2018 currency crisis, which brought an all-time nadir of 7.23.

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Coronavirus and press freedom in Turkey: Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses" - Qantara.de

Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses"

Is the Turkish president Erdogan using the fight against coronavirus to silence the few remaining critical press voices in the country? Opposition and journalists fear a new wave of censorship. By Daniel Derya Bellut

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Internet commerce grows in Turkey – Middle East Monitor

Internet commerce grows in Turkey
April 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm | Published in: Coronavirus, Europe & Russia, News, Turkey

April 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm
The volume of electronic commerce (e-commerce) in Turkey has grown 39 per cent in 2019, according to a report published by Turkey’s Informatics Industry Association (TÜBİSAD) yesterday.

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Turkish journalist Fatih Portakal charged for tweet about president’s speech - Committee to Protect Journalists

Turkish journalist Fatih Portakal charged for tweet about president’s speech
April 30, 2020 3:50 PM ET

Istanbul, April 30, 2020 – Turkish authorities should drop the charges against journalist Fatih Portakal and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

More:Turkish journalist Fatih Portakal charged for tweet about president’s speech - Committee to Protect Journalists

Turkey says virus outbreak at peak as government weighs easing restrictions

Turkey says virus outbreak at peak as government weighs easing restrictions

The country’s health minister credits new therapies and contact tracing for a recent decline in new cases, but warns it is still too soon to loosen restrictions on mobility to mitigate the outbreak.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ghostly and melancholic: A portrait of Istanbul

‘Ghostly and melancholic’: Bustling Istanbul is muted by quarantine
Normally buzzing with activity, Turkey’s timeless city is now a harbor of resilience.
Seagulls fill the sky above Istanbul, Turkey, seen here from the Karakoy neighborhood.
PHOTOGRAPH BY EMIN OZMEN, MAGNUM PHOTOS
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BY ONUR UYGUN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMIN ÖZMEN

PUBLISHED APRIL 29, 2020

The Bosporus, the narrow strait running through the heart of Istanbul, flows at the intersection of Europe and Asia. It’s both a watery highway and a metaphor, uniting social life in this city of 15 million people. On a typical spring day, Istanbullus— from sweatshirt-wearing students to grandmothers in headscarves—pack the city’s waterside parks, sunning themselves to a soundtrack of seabirds. At rush hour, a cacophony of car horns resonates from the sahil yolu (seaside road).

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Turkey's new medical center to trace COVID-19 patients after recovery - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey's new medical center to trace COVID-19 patients after recovery

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-29 01:15:14|Editor: huaxia
ISTANBUL, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A state hospital in Turkey's biggest city of Istanbul opened a new center on Tuesday to track the health conditions of the recovered COVID-19 patients.

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Fuel truck bomb kills at least 40 people in Turkish area of northern Syria | Thomas Seibert | AW

Fuel truck bomb kills at least 40 people in Turkish area of northern Syria

The Turkish Defence Ministry blamed Kurdish militants for the blast in a crowded area of downtown Afrin.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

World Bank approves $100 mln loan to support Turkey's health system amid pandemic

World Bank approves $100 mln loan to support Turkey's health system amid pandemic
AuthorDragana Petrushevska
PublishedApr 27, 2020 13:44 EEST
Source: minsvyaz.ru
ANKARA (Turkey), April 27 (SeeNews) - The World Bank said it has approved a $100 million (92.2 million euro) loan to Turkey to support the country's health system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the funds, Turkey's ministry of health will implement a project aimed at helping the government to slow the spread of the infection and reinforce the overall health system to detect and treat cases, the World Bank said in a statement on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Turkish cenbank makes big one-day bond buy, yields tumble - Reuters

Turkish cenbank makes big one-day bond buy, yields tumble

ISTANBUL, April 27 (Reuters) - Turkey’s central bank bought 5 billion lira ($715 million) in debt from the Unemployment Insurance Fund on Monday, continuing its economic stimulus and pushing bond yields lower in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, according to two bankers.

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Turkey Seeks to Restart Economy With Domestic Flights in May - Bloomberg

Turkey Seeks to Restart Economy With Domestic Flights in May
By Firat Kozok
April 27, 2020, 7:50 AM EDT Updated on April 27, 2020, 1:46 PM EDT
Officials mull gradual resumption of trains, reopening schools
On Monday Turkey reported fewest new cases in almost 3 weeks

Turkey is deliberating whether to start reopening its economy with the resumption of some domestic flights as early as mid-May, officials with direct knowledge of the plans said.

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Press freedom in Turkey: Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses" - Qantara.de

Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses"

Is the Turkish president Erdogan using the fight against coronavirus to silence the few remaining critical press voices in the country? Opposition and journalists fear a new wave of censorship. By Daniel Derya Bellut

More:Press freedom in Turkey: Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses" - Qantara.de

COVID-19 crisis stokes fear of food insecurity in Turkey

COVID-19 crisis stokes fear of food insecurity in Turkey

The novel coronavirus is threatening to inflate food prices in Turkey, whose agricultural sector was already in dire straits and overly reliant on imports before the pandemic.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Turkey’s Erdogan Tangled In His Own Web Of Deceit | News Ghana

Turkey’s Erdogan Tangled In His Own Web Of Deceit
By Ahmed Al-Khaled -Apr 25, 2020

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey’s foreign policy centered around Recep Erdogan’s ambitions has been devised as a giant web weaved all across Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe. Now the Turkish leader may fall prey to his own schemes.
“Zero problems with neighbors” – this was the catchy motto selected by then Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan for his country’s foreign policy not so long ago. These days, when the relations of Turkey with neighbors and more distant states alike appear to be made of problems almost entirely, the motto looks like a dark joke – a one that didn’t age well (or did, depending on the point of view) – and gives grounds for re-evaluation of the Turkish leadership’s actions and decisions that led the country to its current state.

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LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Building for the Apocalypse | Lost Coast Outpost | Humboldt County

LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Building for the Apocalypse

We go out every couple of days, just to get groceries from the supermarket. But even that is becoming an ordeal, since the government imposed a four-day lockdown every week, from Thursday to Sunday.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan has found a cure for coronavirus - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com

Opinion Turkey's Erdogan Has Found a Cure for Coronavirus

The Turkish president is writing the playbook for how to reframe a disastrous coronavirus death toll as a glorious success for the supreme leader

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Erdoğan Fights Turkey's Mayors, Not COVID-19 :: Middle East Forum

Erdoğan Fights Turkey's Mayors, Not COVID-19
by Burak Bekdil
BESA Center Perspectives
April 23, 2020

Excerpt of article originally published under the title "Turkey and Coronavirus: Divided We Stand."

... The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forcefully reminded Turks of their deep underlying divisions. Those divisions are making it impossible for them to come together to fight a potential catastrophe that is national, not ideological.

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Refugees and migration in the Aegean: The EU and Turkey need each other – and a new refugee deal - Qantara.de

The EU and Turkey need each other – and a new refugee deal

The refugee crisis on Turkey's borders can only be resolved with a new EU deal. It should build on the current plan, but avoid its flaws, writes Ozgur Unluhisarcikli of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

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COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus breeds domestic violence in Turkey - Qantara.de

Coronavirus breeds domestic violence in Turkey

Countries under coronavirus lockdown have seen a marked rise in domestic violence. Women's rights activists in Turkey criticise that existing laws are not being applied and the government is not doing enough to protect victims. By Pelin Unker and Daniel Derya Bellut
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COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus breeds domestic violence in Turkey - Qantara.de

bne IntelliNews - Lira left further exposed as Turkish central bank gives imperilled economy shot in arm with another rate cut

Lira left further exposed as Turkish central bank gives imperilled economy shot in arm with another rate cut

By bne IntelIiNews April 23, 2020
Turkey’s central bank on April 22 cut its benchmark interest rate by 100bp—twice as much as the market consensus anticipated—to 8.75% in a bid to keep credit flowing despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) upheaval and the risk of further undermining the embattled Turkish lira and financial stability.

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3,000 tonnes of 'hidden gold' stashed under people's mattresses to help Turkey's economy during pandemic

3,000 tonnes of 'hidden gold' stashed under people's mattresses to help Turkey's economy during pandemic
By Gani Mohamed Waseem
April 23, 2020 22:15 +08

Turkey seems to have found a treasure trove of "hidden gold" to give its economy a much needed fillip during these trying times.

100 tonnes of "hidden gold" put back into Turkish economy

According to a report in Turkey's Daily Sabah news, Turkish banks and gold refineries have helped put over "100 tonnes of gold hidden in people's homes" back into the country's financial system. But there is still around 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes of gold "stashed under people's mattresses," the report cites a leading gold refinery in Turkey as saying.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Turks mark major holiday under virus lockdown

Turks mark major holiday under virus lockdown

A four-day curfew has Turkey locked down as health workers battle an outbreak that has now exceeded 100,000 cases.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Larger than expected rate cut raises pressure on Turkish lira

Larger than expected rate cut raises pressure on Turkish lira

Turkey’s central bank surprised market watchers Wednesday with a significant interest rate cut to bolster the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, though analysts say the move poses inflationary risks.

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8 Policy Recommendations for Dealing With the ‘New’ Turkey | The National Interest

8 Policy Recommendations for Dealing With the ‘New’ Turkey

The world is witnessing in slow-motion a second Iran in the making, less violent and dramatic, more sophisticated and potentially more enduring.

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Resilience in Turkey

RESILIENCE
IN TURKEY

Don’t Write off Turkey’s Democracy

There was a time when Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — whether you liked him or not — represented change. He stood for a forward-looking vision for the country, suggesting that he could navigate the most pressing challenges, from the Kurdish issue to corruption, to economic mismanagement, and he did. The people loved him for this reason and supported him at the ballot box.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Turkish economy to shrink for first time in a decade this year: Reuters poll - Reuters

Turkish economy to shrink for first time in a decade this year: Reuters poll
Ezgi Erkoyun
4 MIN READ

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s economy is expected to contract this year for the first time in over a decade as the coronavirus pandemic slashes output through mid-year, and it’s unlikely to grow again until 2021, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Erdogan’s dream airport in dire straits amid pandemic

Erdogan’s dream airport in dire straits amid pandemic

The company operating Istanbul’s new mega airport appears unlikely to hold on for even a few months without assistance, as the COVID-19 pandemic hits Turkey’s aviation industry.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Owners abandon dogs in Turkey amid virus fears - Republic World

Owners Abandon Dogs In Turkey Amid Virus Fears
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Pets in Turkey are being abandoned in increasing numbers as Turkey's coronavirus crisis deepens, activists say.

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121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows - The New York Times

121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows
By The Associated Press
April 18, 2020

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister said Saturday that 121 more people have died of COVID-19, with total deaths standing at 1,890.

Fahrettin Koca shared the figures on Twitter, saying 3,783 more people were infected with the coronavirus. The total number of confirmed infections is 82,329.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Marc Pierini: The ripple effects of the coronavirus in Turkey | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

Marc Pierini: The ripple effects of the coronavirus in Turkey
By Marc Pierini. Published April 18. Updated April 18 at 1:57 pm

A staff member of Ankara Cankaya Municipality, feeds pigeons in Ankara, on April 11, 2020, during the 48-hour curfew imposed by the government to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Photo by AFP
The way autocratic regimes make use of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting democracy and governance worldwide. Turkey is no exception.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows - The New York Times

121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows
By The Associated Press
April 18, 2020
Updated 1:36 p.m. ET

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister said Saturday that 121 more people have died of COVID-19, with total deaths standing at 1,890.

Fahrettin Koca shared the figures on Twitter, saying 3,783 more people were infected with the coronavirus. The total number of confirmed infections is 82,329.

More:121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows - The New York Times

Friday, April 17, 2020

Coronavirus Has Opposite Effects on Turkish Policy in Syria and Libya - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Coronavirus Has Opposite Effects on Turkish Policy in Syria and Libya
Soner Cagaptay with Deniz Yuksel

April 17, 2020

Ceasefire agreements and contagion concerns will likely limit Turkish operations in Syria for the time being, but Ankara has no such constraints in its Libya proxy war.

As of April 16, Turkey’s government had reported over 74,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,643 deaths. Thanks to the advancement of healthcare services under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s mortality rate stands relatively low at around 2 percent, comparable to Germany’s. Although the overall health impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen, Turkey seems to be doing better than many other countries at the moment (e.g., Italy’s mortality rate is around 12 percent).

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Turkey Releases Refugees from Quarantine Amid Coronavirus Lockdown  | Voice of America - English

Turkey Releases Refugees from Quarantine Amid Coronavirus Lockdown 
By Heather Murdock, Shadi Turk
April 16, 2020 10:21 AM

Families crowd together in the streets despite coronavirus fears, in Izmir, Turkey, April 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy of refugees)
ISTANBUL - After more than two weeks of forced quarantine, hundreds of refugees in Turkey have been released haphazardly in recent days, with many being left on the streets in locked down coastal areas.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Turkish study shows full lockdown would limit economic damage

Turkish study shows full lockdown would limit economic damage
ReutersApril 16, 2020

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey could sharply limit damage to its economy if it were to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and faces a 17% economic contraction if it maintains its current course, research showed on Thursday.

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Turkey passes bill to cushion COVID-19 fallout, protect economic, social life | Daily Sabah

Turkey passes bill to cushion COVID-19 fallout, protect economic, social life
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
ISTANBUL ECONOMY APR 16, 2020 12:57 PM GMT+3

People wear face masks as they walk down İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Turkey, April 14, 2020. (AFP Photo)
The Turkish Parliament on Thursday ratified a bill to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on economic and social life, further guaranteeing a series of economic measures to help the country’s economy to survive, while shielding businesses and the public from an overall fallout.

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Opinion: EU, Turkey need each other and a new refugee deal | Opinion | DW | 16.04.2020

Opinion: EU, Turkey need each other and a new refugee deal

The refugee crisis on Turkey's borders can only be resolved with a new EU deal. It should build on the current plan but avoid its flaws, writes Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

More:Opinion: EU, Turkey need each other and a new refugee deal | Opinion | DW | 16.04.2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Turkey says rate of coronavirus infection stabilizes

Turkey says rate of coronavirus infection stabilizes
Ayla Jean Yackley April 15, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The health minister sees signs the fast-spreading contagion is coming under control as the number of new cases remains steady. But an independent physicians’ group warns the government may be undercounting.

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Turkey completes first phase of vaccine efforts - Turkey News

Turkey completes first phase of vaccine efforts
İZMİR

Scientists in western Turkey commenced the lab tests of an antigen they designed for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.     

Research is ongoing with the collaboration of the Ege University Drug Development and Pharmacokinetic Research Application Center (ARGEFAR) in Izmir province and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

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Turkish lira slides to 6.9 vs dollar as outbreak hits budget | Nasdaq

Turkish lira slides to 6.9 vs dollar as outbreak hits budget
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Ali Kucukgocmen Reuters
Ceyda Caglayan Reuters
Ebru Tuncay Reuters
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APR 15, 2020 8:48AM EDT

ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) - Turkey's lira slid more than 1% on Wednesday to its lowest level since the height of the 2018 currency crisis, as the coronavirus fallout took a deep bite out of the government's budget and data showed corporate deals fizzled last month.

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Locking up dissidents, Turkish style: the saga of Osman Kavala | openDemocracy

Locking up dissidents, Turkish style: the saga of Osman Kavala

The accusation that Osman Kavala supported both the Gülen movement and the Gezi movement was outlandish from the outset.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Turkey emerges as key player in global COVID-19 fight | TheHill

Turkey emerges as key player in global COVID-19 fight
BY SASHA TOPERICH, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 04/14/20 01:30 PM EDT 23THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey has proven itself as a key supporter of world efforts. State-run media say Turkey acted promptly and efficiently to curb spread of the coronavirus, and it’s true the government closed schools and universities only one day after the first positive case was identified in the country, among other measures. This response was by far faster than that of some key European countries.

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Turkish Airlines Extends Flight Cancellations Until May 20 - The New York Times

Turkish Airlines Extends Flight Cancellations Until May 20
By Reuters
April 14, 2020, 6:42 a.m. ET

ANKARA — Turkish Airlines has extended the cancellation of international flights to May 20 from May 1 over the coronavirus outbreak, the airline said on Tuesday, adding that domestic flights would remain suspended until April 20.

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Erdogan’s weekend lockdowns not enough to fight coronavirus | MEO

Erdogan’s weekend lockdowns not enough to fight coronavirus

Turkish parliament approves release of thousands of prisoners as safety measure against coronavirus outbreak.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Turkish parliament passes bill to release thousands from prison amid coronavirus - Reuters

Turkish parliament passes bill to release thousands from prison amid coronavirus
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law that will allow the release of tens of thousands of prisoners to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus, but which critics slam for excluding those jailed on terrorism charges.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan blocks pandemic funds for cities run by opposition - The Jerusalem Post

Turkey's Erdogan blocks pandemic funds for cities run by opposition

As chaos spills onto Turkish streets due to coronavirus, critics say move is meant to undermine mayors

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Turkish Interior Minister Resigns After Decision to Introduce Curfew Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Sputnik International

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Turkish authorities imposed a snap 48-hour curfew across major cities on Saturday, providing little warning to citizens, leading to crowds of people flooding the streets Friday night to stock up on food and emergency supplies.

More:Turkish Interior Minister Resigns After Decision to Introduce Curfew Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Sputnik International

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Cases in Turkey are rising rapidly: Corona-Ignorant Erdogan with the decree for Chaos | KXan 36 Daily News

Cases in Turkey are rising rapidly: Corona-Ignorant Erdogan with the decree for Chaos
April 12, 2020

The Turkish government has imposed because of the Corona-crisis for this weekend in the short term, output restrictions in 31 cities. This also applies to the country’s largest city, the metropolis of Istanbul, such as provincial Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed late on Friday evening in a Tweet.

Because the measure was only announced just two hours in advance, set in Istanbul, immediately panic purchases. In super markets, bakeries and neighborhood shops and queues formed. She had not expected such a measure, said the Istanbulerin Simona Hayrabe to the AFP news Agency. “But it came so suddenly.”

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Istanbul’s baskets become a lifeline for older people under COVID-19 curfew | Ahval

Istanbul’s baskets become a lifeline for older people under COVID-19 curfew
Apr 11 2020 12:36 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 11 2020 12:43 Gmt+3
Istanbul’s tradition of dangling baskets from windows to collect groceries has become a lifeline for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jenna Scatena writing in Conde Nast Traveler.

Scatena first learned about about the custom when she was accidentally hit on the head by a basket dangled on the end of long rope by an elderly lady from an upper storey window. A grocery store clerk nudged her aside and placed groceries in the basket, before the lady hoisted it back up.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Carpark employee becomes chairman of Turkish clothing company | Ahval

Carpark employee becomes chairman of Turkish clothing company
Apr 11 2020 12:01 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 11 2020 12:04 Gmt+3
Turkish clothing brand Koton appointed one of its parking lot employees as the chairman of the firm’s board of directors, Gazete Duvar reported on Thursday.

Lütfü Çağkaya, who was in charge of Koton’s parking lot in Istanbul, stepped up to his new position on April 1, as the coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the Turkish textile industry, the news site said, citing sources close to the company.

More:Carpark employee becomes chairman of Turkish clothing company | Ahval

Turkey orders partial curfew as COVID-19 deaths climb to 1,006 | Ahval

Turkey orders partial curfew as COVID-19 deaths climb to 1,006

Turkish Interior Ministry has ordered a two-day curfew in 31 provinces, between midnight April 10 and midnight April 12, while Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Friday evening announced 98 new deaths and 4,747 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country. More than 30,800 tests were carried out since the minister’s announcement on Thursday, and 281 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

More:Turkey orders partial curfew as COVID-19 deaths climb to 1,006 | Ahval

Turkey's COVID-19 infection rate is the fastest rising in the world. Here's why it got so many cases so quickly. | Business Insider

Turkey's COVID-19 infection rate is the fastest rising in the world. Here's why it got so many cases so quickly.
JAMES PASLEY
APR 10, 2020, 3:36 PM

Turkey, a nation of 80 million, had the fastest growing number of coronavirus cases in the world.
Less than a month ago, it didn’t have a single case. As of April 10, it had 42,282 confirmed cases with 908 deaths.
Here’s what happened in between.

More:Turkey's COVID-19 infection rate is the fastest rising in the world. Here's why it got so many cases so quickly. | Business Insider

EU - Coronavirus Debt: Netherlands refuses to 'Go Dutch' on EU coronavirus debt - Reuters

As the European Union spars over an emergency economic package for countries reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch have revived their image of thriftiness by refusing to support a plea by southern members to take on collective debt.

Read more at:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-netherlands/netherlands-refuses-to-go-dutch-on-eu-coronavirus-debt-idUSKCN21R31J

World Bank expects Turkey's economy to expand by 0.5% in 2020

World Bank expects Turkey's economy to expand by 0.5% in 2020

ANKARA (Turkey), April 9 (SeeNews) - Turkey's economy is expected to grow by 0.5% in 2020, over 3 percentage points lower than the previous estimate, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the World Bank said.

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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Turkey's Fight Against Coronavirus Fails to Heal Divisions, Opponents Say - The New York Times

Turkey's Fight Against Coronavirus Fails to Heal Divisions, Opponents Say
By Reuters
April 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m. ET

ISTANBUL — President Tayyip Erdogan has evoked Turkey's war of independence in calls for unity against the coronavirus, but opposition parties say their exclusion from fund-raising efforts and the detention of government critics is instead fuelling division.

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Desperate for medical supplies, US asks to buy from Turkey | Daily Sabah

Desperate for medical supplies, US asks to buy from Turkey
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL POLITICS APR 09, 2020 2:56 PM GMT+3

Medics and hospital workers tend to a COVID-19 patient outside the Montefiore Medical Center Moses Campus in the Bronx borough of New York City, Tuesday, April 07, 2020. (AFP)
The United States has submitted a list of medical supplies they would like to purchase from Turkey, seeking Ankara’s help in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has inflicted a major blow to the country’s already fragile health care system and depleted the Strategic National Stockpile.

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Millions left out of Turkey's coronavirus economic package - opposition leader | Ahval

Millions left out of Turkey's coronavirus economic package - opposition leader
Apr 09 2020 07:29 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 09 2020 07:31 Gmt+3
Ali Babacan, a former heavyweight from Turkey’s ruling party who founded the rival Deva Party last month, said the Turkish government’s stimulus package to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic had failed to provide for millions of people employed in informal work.  

On March 18, Turkey unveiled a relief package worth 100 billion Turkish liras ($15.4 billion) which includes debt payment delays and tax cuts across various sectors to limit the economic fallout from coronavirus.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Erdogan's Response to the Coronavirus Will Destroy Turkey’s Economy

The Coronavirus Will Destroy Turkey’s Economy

Ankara’s finances were weak before the pandemic—but the combination of external debt, a public health crisis, and a president who chooses to protect his reputation rather than his people could spell disaster.

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Turkey's Covid-19 infection rate rising fastest in the world | World news | The Guardian

Turkey's Covid-19 infection rate rising fastest in the world

More than 3,000 new cases reported daily but Erdoğan insists normal work must go on

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Coronavirus spreading fast in Istanbul shanty towns, mayor says, demanding lockdown | Ahval

Coronavirus spreading fast in Istanbul shanty towns, mayor says, demanding lockdown
Apr 08 2020 03:23 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 08 2020 03:26 Gmt+3
Istanbul districts which are densely packed with housing like Bağcılar, Esenler and Bayrampaşa have shown the largest rise in cases of COVID-19, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said during a televised interview with Fox TV on Wednesday.

More:Coronavirus spreading fast in Istanbul shanty towns, mayor says, demanding lockdown | Ahval

Turkey’s Roma cry for help as coronavirus claims more lives

Turkey’s Roma cry for help as coronavirus claims more lives
Amberin Zaman April 8, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
On International Romani Day, a group of Turkish Roma associations protested that the community still faces “deep discrimination” and risks starvation from the loss of work and state neglect that have compounded the harm of COVID-19.

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Erdogan under pressure as coronavirus cases spike in Turkey

Erdogan under pressure as coronavirus cases spike in Turkey

by Gokan GUNES

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

With gatherings banned, restrictions on intercity trips, and the obligation to wear masks almost anywhere, Erdogan has imposed a series of tough measures but thus far resisted calls for a complete confinement.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

BBC - Travel - Turkey’s unique hand-sanitising method

Turkey’s unique hand-sanitising method

For hundreds of years, this Ottoman-era cologne has been synonymous with Turkish hospitality. Now, it’s being used to fight coronavirus.

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Opinion: Coronavirus: A timeline of Turkey's ... | Taiwan News

Opinion: Coronavirus: A timeline of Turkey's missteps

By  Deutsche Welle
2020/04/07 00:02

Containing the spread of the novel coronavirus and saving lives requires governments to be transparent. This includes letting journalists and medical professionals do their jobs without being intimidated. We rely on a free press to hold governments accountable, but this is not possible in countries with intransigent leaders who regularly imprison journalists for their reporting. This is especially true in Turkey, which has one of the highest incarceration rates for journalists worldwide. Without transparency and freedom of the press, the true scale of the epidemic remains obscured, and increases the threat to public health.

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Turkish firms say H&M, M&S cancel billions of dollars of orders, exports slump | Ahval

Turkish firms say H&M, M&S cancel billions of dollars of orders, exports slump
Apr 07 2020 10:36 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 07 2020 10:38 Gmt+3
Turkish clothing makers say exports may slump 80 percent as customers abroad cancel billions of dollars of orders.

The companies are in talks with global brands such as H&M, Marks & Spencer and Primark over payments and orders placed, according to Mustafa Gültepe, head of the Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association. Hundreds of billions of dollars of clothing are now in storage awaiting shipment, he said.

More:Turkish firms say H&M, M&S cancel billions of dollars of orders, exports slump | Ahval

Monday, April 06, 2020

Pandemic, regional geopolitics and the Istanbul canal

Pandemic, regional geopolitics and the Istanbul canal

Cem Gürdeniz
The Covid-19 pandemic has proven not only to be an earthquake cracking open political fault lines around the world, it has turned out to be nothing short of a revolution, the aftershocks of which will change the world in nearly every aspect. Given the severity of the changes within such a short period of time, it would be fair to describe the epidemic as akin to a World War without gunpowder. Wars are like fighting arenas for national powers. The nation’s power is reliant on the will of the people, a factor which significantly determines the course of a war. How has German Chancellor Merkel responded to this “war”? She described the outbreak saying: “Since German unification, no, since the Second World War, there has been no challenge to our nation that has demanded such a degree of common and united action,”

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Turkish government sees municipal authorities as enemies in virus reaction | Ahval

Turkish government sees municipal authorities as enemies in virus reaction

The Turkish government’s own actions give a lie to its call for a national response to the coronavirus pandemic because it is treating major opposition-controlled municipalities like enemies, Istanbul University academic Gürkan Güven Öztan wrote in his column for BirGün daily.

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The Turkish Trump: How Erdogan Emulates U.S. Posture Toward Coronavirus | The National Interest

The Turkish Trump: How Erdogan Emulates U.S. Posture Toward Coronavirus
Erdogan sees this as an opportunity for Turkish manufacturers. 

by Bulent Gökay
Turkey confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on March 11, but since then the speed of its infection rate has surpassed that of many other countries with cases doubling every two days. On April 2, Turkey had more than 15,000 confirmed cases and 277 deaths from complications related to the coronavirus, according to data collated by John Hopkins University.

More:The Turkish Trump: How Erdogan Emulates U.S. Posture Toward Coronavirus | The National Interest

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Turkey exempts young workers from confinement order

Coronavirus: Turkey exempts young workers from confinement order
Associated Press of Pakistan07:27 PM | 5 Apr, 2020

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ISTANBUL – Turkey on Sunday said working youth, including seasonal agricultural labour, will be exempted from a confinement order imposed as part of tougher measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

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Turkey's Deadly Anka-S Combat Drones Are Earning Their Wings In Syria | The National Interest

Turkey's Deadly Anka-S Combat Drones Are Earning Their Wings In Syria
Where will they go next?

by Charlie Gao
Key point: The success of the Anka-S and the development of the Anka-2 could position Turkey as a major player on the drone market

More:Turkey's Deadly Anka-S Combat Drones Are Earning Their Wings In Syria | The National Interest

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Spotlight: Turkish currency dwindles amid grim economic outlook - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkish currency dwindles amid grim economic outlook

ISTANBUL, April 4 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish currency is sliding at crisis levels despite powerful interventions the central bank has carried out in markets amid bleak prospects for the country's economy hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts said.

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Coronavirus: Turkey's Erdogan juggles economic and health concerns - The National

Coronavirus: Turkey's Erdogan juggles economic and health concerns
With the economy in a fragile state, the president is resisting a total lockdown despite soaring infections

As the coronavirus pandemic sparks a global economic downturn, Turkey is trying to keep its faltering economy on track while introducing measures to curb one of the world’s fastest-growing outbreaks.

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Turkey Quarantines Largest Cities to Slow Coronavirus Outbreak - Bloomberg

Turkey Quarantines Largest Cities to Slow Coronavirus Outbreak
By Firat Kozok and Constantine Courcoulas
April 3, 2020, 5:31 AM EDT Updated on April 3, 2020, 2:10 PM EDT

Turkey imposed stricter measures to slow the spread of the country’s coronavirus outbreak by placing 31 cities under quarantine and banning people under the age of 20 from leaving their homes nationwide.

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Friday, April 03, 2020

Virus spreading via different routes in Turkey - Turkey News

Virus spreading via different routes in Turkey
Fevzi Kızılkoyun-ISTANBUL

Studies are increasingly establishing how the coronavirus is spreading across Turkey by following different point of contacts and routes.

Officials try to keep track of how people got the virus by documenting their interactions and their stories.

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Member of Turkish Band Dies on 288th Day of Hunger Strike - The New York Times

Member of Turkish Band Dies on 288th Day of Hunger Strike
By The Associated Press
April 3, 2020
Updated 12:45 p.m. ET

ANKARA, Turkey — A member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey died on the 288th day of a hunger strike she and a colleague started while imprisoned to protest the government's treatment of their band, according to a post on the group's Twitter account.

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Turkeyʹs Middle East exiles: Istanbul – the Arab worldʹs beacon on the Bosphorus - Qantara.de

Turkeyʹs Middle East exiles

Istanbul – the Arab worldʹs beacon on the Bosphorus
Istanbul has become a refuge for many Arab communities – including the Muslim Brotherhood – but its cosmopolitan ways are also changing them. By Mohanad Hage Ali

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Why Turkey is facing a steep curve of new coronavirus cases | Turkey News | Al Jazeera

Why Turkey is facing a steep curve of new coronavirus cases

With more than 18,000 infections reported, Turkey surpasses other G20 nations that discovered the virus weeks earlier.

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Turkey finally releases epidemic figures: coronavirus epicenter in Istanbul

Turkey finally releases epidemic figures: coronavirus epicenter in Istanbul
Ayla Jean Yackley April 2, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkey’s death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak has hit 356 as political sparring has broken out over rival assistance programs for the poor and the government’s efforts to keep the economy afloat.

More:Turkey finally releases epidemic figures: coronavirus epicenter in Istanbul

Istanbul mayor says time running out to halt coronavirus spread - Reuters

Istanbul mayor says time running out to halt coronavirus spread
Daren Butler
4 MIN READ

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Europe’s largest city, Istanbul, is running out of time to impose a lockdown and stop a surge in coronavirus cases as around two million people are still going out into the streets every day, its mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Thursday.

More:Istanbul mayor says time running out to halt coronavirus spread - Reuters

Turkey offers fresh money to companies, seeks donations for the poor amid coronavirus crisis

Turkey offers fresh money to companies, seeks donations for the poor amid coronavirus crisis
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Mustafa Sonmez April 2, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
While enhancing monetary expansion measures to prop up companies and banks against the coronavirus crisis, Ankara is calling for donations from the public to support the poor.

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Turkish central bank donates $15 million to Turkish coronavirus fundraiser - Reuters

Turkish central bank donates $15 million to Turkish coronavirus fundraiser
1 MIN READ

ISTANBUL, April 2 (Reuters) - Turkey’s central bank said on Thursday that it had donated 100 million lira ($15 million) to a central government fundraising campaign initiated by President Tayyip Erdogan to support people with low income affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

More:Turkish central bank donates $15 million to Turkish coronavirus fundraiser - Reuters

Turkish lira may weaken to 8 per dollar, says Japan’s largest bank | Ahval

Turkish lira may weaken to 8 per dollar, says Japan’s largest bank
Apr 02 2020 10:23 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 02 2020 10:29 Gmt+3
Turkey’s lira may drop to 8 against the U.S. dollar in a year as the spread of the coronavirus causes a “sudden stop” in emerging markets and record capital outflows, said analysts at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), Japan’s largest bank.

More:Turkish lira may weaken to 8 per dollar, says Japan’s largest bank | Ahval

The Turkish Sonderweg: The New Turkey’s role in the global order | European Council on Foreign Relations

The Turkish Sonderweg: The New Turkey’s role in the global order
Commentary
Asli Aydıntaşbaş

The overarching features of Turkey’s neo-nationalism are the cult of state worship, an evergreen suspicion of foreign enemies, and an emphasis on the central role of a strong leader.

More:The Turkish Sonderweg: The New Turkey’s role in the global order | European Council on Foreign Relations

Turkey’s foreign sales choked by pandemic as exports drop nearly 18% in March | Daily Sabah

Turkey’s foreign sales choked by pandemic as exports drop nearly 18% in March
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
ISTANBUL ECONOMY APR 02, 2020 1:21 PM GMT+3

Turkish exporters felt the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic after seeing a rise in the first two months as foreign sales dropped by nearly 18% in March, official data showed Thursday.

More:Turkey’s foreign sales choked by pandemic as exports drop nearly 18% in March | Daily Sabah

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Turkey: $82.4 million donated to combat COVID-19

Turkey: $82.4 million donated to combat COVID-19

President launches National Solidarity Campaign to aid fight against coronavirus

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Turkish political prisoners left out of plan to reduce jail population

Turkish political prisoners left out of plan to reduce jail population
Diego Cupolo April 1, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
As fear of the novel coronavirus grow, Ankara lawmakers are weighing reforms that would release up to 90,000 inmates from overcrowded Turkish jails, drawing criticism for excluding political prisoners.

More:Turkish political prisoners left out of plan to reduce jail population

Turkey operates new advanced hospital in Istanbul to fight coronavirus epidemic: physician - China.org.cn

Turkey operates new advanced hospital in Istanbul to fight coronavirus epidemic: physician
Xinhua, March 31, 2020

ISTANBUL, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A state-run hospital in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul started to admit patients in its brand new building on Monday, carrying high expectations that it would significantly contribute to the country's fight against COVID-19, a physician said Tuesday.

More:Turkey operates new advanced hospital in Istanbul to fight coronavirus epidemic: physician - China.org.cn

Free cologne and mask distribution starts for 65 and over in Istanbul and Ankara - Cryptodictation

Free cologne and mask distribution starts for 65 and over in Istanbul and Ankara

By admin -April 1, 202040 0
For the measures and economic measures to be taken against the rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic worldwide After the summit held in Çankaya Pavilion on March 18, there was a new development in the distribution of free masks and cologne announced by President Erdoğan.

More:Free cologne and mask distribution starts for 65 and over in Istanbul and Ankara - Cryptodictation

Turkey’s central bank to cut rates amid virus concerns | Foreign Brief

Turkey’s central bank to cut rates amid virus concerns
In Daily BriefApril 1, 2020Ali Slimi

Photo: IHA

Turkey’s central bank will revise its monthly interest rate down to nearly 1% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will enable Turkish citizens to borrow and spend more in an attempt to shield the Middle East’s largest economy against the recessive effects of the pandemic.

More:Turkey’s central bank to cut rates amid virus concerns | Foreign Brief

Turks find unusual ways to prevent being infected with coronavirus - Turkey News

Turks find unusual ways to prevent being infected with coronavirus
ISTANBUL

İHA Photo

Some Turks are in no way laid-back when it comes to preventing getting infected with the novel coronavirus, which has ravaged the whole world, wreaking havoc on many economies.

A tradesman in the Black Sea province of Ordu’s Altınordu district has found a novel “solution” to prevent coronavirus contamination through banknotes.

More:Turks find unusual ways to prevent being infected with coronavirus - Turkey News

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Turkey unveils prototype of 1st locally made ventilator, 5,000 units to be made in 2 months | Daily Sabah

Turkey unveils prototype of 1st locally made ventilator, 5,000 units to be made in 2 months
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
ISTANBUL BUSINESS MAR 31, 2020 12:31 PM GMT+3

A prototype of Turkey's first locally manufactured ventilator can be seen. (İHA Photo)
Turkey on Monday unveiled a prototype of its first locally made ventilator, an official with the country's leading drone manufacturer Baykar announced Monday.

More:Turkey unveils prototype of 1st locally made ventilator, 5,000 units to be made in 2 months | Daily Sabah

Explosion in Turkey Damages Natural Gas Pipeline From Iran - The New York Times

Explosion in Turkey Damages Natural Gas Pipeline From Iran
By The Associated Press
March 31, 2020
Updated 10:42 a.m. ET

ANKARA, Turkey — An explosion in eastern Turkey Tuesday damaged a natural gas pipeline and halted gas flows from Iran, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.

More:Explosion in Turkey Damages Natural Gas Pipeline From Iran - The New York Times

Monday, March 30, 2020

TURKEY Erdoğan announces new restrictions; Istanbul under quarantine

Erdoğan announces new restrictions; Istanbul under quarantine
by NAT da Polis
A travel ban has been imposed in the country. Schools, universities, mosques, restaurants, hammams and coffee shops were closed ten days ago. The death toll (130) is rising. Out of a population of 80 million, 10,000 people have tested positive so far. Many Turks have doubts about official figures.

More:TURKEY Erdoğan announces new restrictions; Istanbul under quarantine

Turkey puts 39 residential areas under quarantine against coronavirus - Reuters

Turkey puts 39 residential areas under quarantine against coronavirus
1 MIN READ

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has placed 39 residential areas in 18 cities under quarantine as of Monday to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed 131 people in the country.

More:Turkey puts 39 residential areas under quarantine against coronavirus - Reuters

Turkey to hand over 1,000 liras to 2.1 million families in COVID-19 support | Ahval

Turkey to hand over 1,000 liras to 2.1 million families in COVID-19 support
Mar 30 2020 02:14 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Mar 30 2020 02:17 Gmt+3
Turkey will pay 2.1 million of the poorest families 1,000 liras ($153) each to help cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

More:Turkey to hand over 1,000 liras to 2.1 million families in COVID-19 support | Ahval

Confined to homes, Turks post comedic lockdown videos on social media | Ahval

Confined to homes, Turks post comedic lockdown videos on social media
Mar 29 2020 09:07 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Mar 29 2020 09:12 Gmt+3
As Turkey’s deadly coronavirus figures continue to soar, the public is seeking to lighten the sombre atmosphere created by the nation-wide restrictions in effect during the pandemic.

People have been creating comical social media videos about the hurdles faced in complying with the precautionary measures.

More:Confined to homes, Turks post comedic lockdown videos on social media | Ahval

Coronavirus News: Turkey Central Bank Downplay Threat to Economy - Bloomberg

Turkey Central Bank Downplays Pandemic’s Threat to Economy
By Taylan Bilgic
March 29, 2020, 12:40 PM EDT

Turkey’s central bank painted an optimistic picture about the impact of the coronavirus, saying the Middle East’s biggest economy is resilient to such shocks. The number of fatalities from the outbreak reached 131 as of Sunday.

More:Coronavirus News: Turkey Central Bank Downplay Threat to Economy - Bloomberg

Countries reject China pandemic product batches | Financial Times

Countries reject China pandemic product batches

The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey question quality of face masks and tests

More:Countries reject China pandemic product batches | Financial Times

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Turkish Association Warns of Future Food, Medicine Shortages - The Media Line

Turkish Association Warns of Future Food, Medicine Shortages
KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI
03/29/2020

The International Transporters Association says cargo trucks waiting for days on borders

Turkey is at risk of a food and medicine shortage in as little as five months due to disruptions of international supply chains and a stop in production amid the COVID-19 pandemic, International Transporters Association of Turkey (UND) told The Media Line.

More:Turkish Association Warns of Future Food, Medicine Shortages - The Media Line

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Turkey’s borrowing masks ‘significant’ decline in forex reserves | Financial Times

Turkey’s borrowing masks ‘significant’ decline in forex reserves

Measure of foreign-currency reserves drops to $1.5bn when excluding swap operations

More:Turkey’s borrowing masks ‘significant’ decline in forex reserves | Financial Times

Turkey Quarantines 12 Areas, Suspends International Flights - Globe Post Turkey

Turkey Quarantines 12 Areas, Suspends International Flights
NATIONAL
By Staff Writer On Mar 27, 2020

A dozen areas have been placed under quarantine across Turkey to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Friday.

“When the risk of contagion in some villages or towns is high, such a decision can be made,” Soylu told the private NTV television.

More:Turkey Quarantines 12 Areas, Suspends International Flights - Globe Post Turkey

Erdogan says Turkey will overcome coronavirus in two-three weeks; school closures extended - Reuters

Erdogan says Turkey will overcome coronavirus in two-three weeks; school closures extended
Tuvan Gumrukcu, Ezgi Erkoyun
3 MIN READ

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will overcome the coronavirus outbreak in two to three weeks through good measures, with as little damage as possible, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, as Ankara extended the closure of all schools until April 30.

More:Erdogan says Turkey will overcome coronavirus in two-three weeks; school closures extended - Reuters

Friday, March 27, 2020

Turkey Adopts 'Voluntary' Stay-At-Home Quarantine - The New York Times

Turkey Adopts 'Voluntary' Stay-At-Home Quarantine
By Reuters
March 27, 2020
Updated 5:30 p.m. ET

ANKARA — President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday for a "voluntary quarantine" in which Turks stay at home except for shopping or basic needs to stem a surge of coronavirus cases, which jumped by a third in a day to 5,698 with 92 dead.

More:Turkey Adopts 'Voluntary' Stay-At-Home Quarantine - The New York Times

Coronavirus, Covid-19: Turkey Businesses Urge Erdogan to Do More - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Top Businesses Urge Erdogan to Do More on Virus Fallout
By Kerim Karakaya and Ercan Ersoy
March 27, 2020, 2:15 AM EDT

Turkey’s top industrialists are calling on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to introduce stricter measures to fight coronavirus and boost stimulus to kick start the economy once the pandemic is over.

The board of the business group Tusiad penned a letter to the Turkish president after he announced a 100 billion liras ($15.4 billion) package of tax cuts and payment deferrals to support the economy, according to people familiar with the matter.

More:Coronavirus, Covid-19: Turkey Businesses Urge Erdogan to Do More - Bloomberg

Turkey imposes first curfew as coronavirus infections surge

Turkey imposes first curfew as coronavirus infections surge
Ezgi Akin March 27, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Ankara has announced its first lockdown covering 12 areas in the Black Sea coastal provinces of Rize and Trabzon as Turkey suffers its largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases.

More:Turkey imposes first curfew as coronavirus infections surge

Freedom of the press: Turkey's Pelican group – Erdoganʹs state within a state? - Qantara.de

Turkey's Pelican group – Erdoganʹs state within a state?

After Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government set its sights on critical news outlet OdaTV, several of its journalists now face harsh prison sentences. Is Turkey's president using a secret group to control judges? By Hulya Schenk & Daniel Derya Bellut

More:Freedom of the press: Turkey's Pelican group – Erdoganʹs state within a state? - Qantara.de

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Turkey and COVID-19: Is another Italy in the making?

Turkey and COVID-19: Is another Italy in the making?
Cengiz Candar March 26, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Experts warn that Turkey may soon face a calamity similar to what befell Italy and Spain if the government fails to take stronger measures to fight the coronavirus.

More:Turkey and COVID-19: Is another Italy in the making?

Turkey mulls full lockdown to check coronavirus

Turkey mulls full lockdown to check coronavirus
Ayla Jean Yackley March 26, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkey's interior minister says “full isolation” is possible if current measures do not slow the outbreak and Istanbul’s mayor says the country’s biggest city needs a stay-at-home order now.

More:Turkey mulls full lockdown to check coronavirus

Erdogan, Desperado and Constant Provocateur - The Globalist

Erdogan, Desperado and Constant Provocateur

Nothing seemed to stop Erdogan’s provocations on Europe’s eastern flank — until he met his match. The big losers are the Turkish people.

More:Erdogan, Desperado and Constant Provocateur - The Globalist

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing | WBMA

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Jamal Khashoggi killing
by SUZAN FRASER Associated PressWednesday, March 25th 2020

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, officials said Wednesday.

More:Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing | WBMA

Turkey arrests 410 citizens for “provocative” coronavirus posts / Boing Boing

Turkey arrests 410 citizens for “provocative” coronavirus posts

Turkey's interior minister said today the government has arrested 410 people for making “provocative” posts on social media about the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to worsen in the country and around the world.

More:Turkey arrests 410 citizens for “provocative” coronavirus posts / Boing Boing

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Turkish lira hits one week high, airline shares rebound | Financial Post

Turkish lira hits one week high, airline shares rebound

Reuters
March 25, 2020

ISTANBUL — The Turkish lira firmed to its strongest level in a week on Wednesday, and local shares also rode a bounce in global markets after the U.S. Congress agreed an economic stimulus bill to alleviate the coronavirus impact.

More:Turkish lira hits one week high, airline shares rebound | Financial Post

Turkey starts using drug from China for coronavirus - Turkey News

Turkey starts using drug from China for coronavirus
ANKARA

Alamy Photo

Turkey's health minister said on March 23 that the country is using a drug sent from China on patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.

More:Turkey starts using drug from China for coronavirus - Turkey News

Trans-Atlantic official slams US for forcing Turkish broadcaster to register as foreign agent

Trans-Atlantic official slams US for forcing Turkish broadcaster to register as foreign agent
Julian Pecquet March 24, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's media freedom representative said TRT's registration under a Nazi-era anti-propaganda law had a “restrictive & negative impact on media freedom.”

More:Trans-Atlantic official slams US for forcing Turkish broadcaster to register as foreign agent

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Turkey tightens restrictions to curb coronavirus outbreak

Turkey tightens restrictions to curb coronavirus outbreak
Ayla Jean Yackley March 24, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
As the death toll from COVID-19 reached 37 and cases spread across the country, Turkey pledged to accelerate diagnostic and treatment methods, while introducing new measures to keep people at home, though it has stopped short of a full lockdown.

More:Turkey tightens restrictions to curb coronavirus outbreak

Monday, March 23, 2020

UPDATE 4-Turkish lira down 10% since start of year as slump fears grow - Reuters

Turkish lira down 10% since start of year as slump fears grow
Can Sezer, Nevzat Devranoglu

(Adds postponement of VAT payments, Grand Bazaar closure)

By Can Sezer and Nevzat Devranoglu

ISTANBUL, March 23 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira slipped 0.8% on Monday to its lowest level since September 2018, as a surge in domestic coronavirus cases set the stage for a potentially sharp economic slowdown spanning tourism, manufacturing and the vast services sector.

More:UPDATE 4-Turkish lira down 10% since start of year as slump fears grow - Reuters

How Turkey Plans to Get Its Hands on Its Own Stealth Fighter | The National Interest

How Turkey Plans to Get Its Hands on Its Own Stealth Fighter
Buy from abroad or make a new one at home?

by David Axe
Key point: Ankara is looking at Moscow or Beijing as potential sellers. Alternatively, Turkey could try to build its own stealth fighter although that would be much harder.

More:How Turkey Plans to Get Its Hands on Its Own Stealth Fighter | The National Interest

Russia and Turkey cut short joint patrol in Syria's Idlib: Russian Defence Ministry - Reuters

Russia and Turkey cut short joint patrol in Syria's Idlib: Russian Defence Ministry

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey were forced to cut short their second joint patrol in Syria’s Idlib region on Monday due to security concerns, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

More:Russia and Turkey cut short joint patrol in Syria's Idlib: Russian Defence Ministry - Reuters

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Good news for 2 million families! Additional payment will be made - Cryptodictation

Good news for 2 million families! Additional payment will be made
By admin -March 21, 202053 0
Details of the 100 billion lira “Economic Stability Shield” package announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday started to become clear. Information on the details of the announced supports to reduce the impact of the coronavirus epidemic that covers the whole world came from relevant ministers. Making a statement on the agenda at the Anadolu Agency (AA) Editor's Desk, Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, provided important information when answering questions about the measures they have taken as ministries in the fight against coronavirus.

More:Good news for 2 million families! Additional payment will be made - Cryptodictation

Vinegar gargles and sheep's head soup – Turkey's strange coronavirus remedies - The National

Vinegar gargles and sheep's head soup – Turkey's strange coronavirus remedies
Turks have come up with a variety of hoax measures to protect against global pandemic

The eruption of home remedies for coronavirus has alarmed health officials across the world, particularly in Turkey where do-it-yourself prevention has killed more people than the virus.

At least 20 people died in Istanbul last week after drinking rubbing alcohol in a bid to protect themselves against Covid-19, according to local media reports. Another 34 victims were admitted to intensive care.

More:Vinegar gargles and sheep's head soup – Turkey's strange coronavirus remedies - The National

Turkey issues curfew for elderly, chronically ill | Daily Sabah

Turkey issues curfew for elderly, chronically ill
BY DAILY SABAH WITH WIRES
ISTANBUL TURKEY MAR 21, 2020 7:20 PM GMT+3

Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced Saturday a curfew for elderly people aged 65 and up and people with chronic diseases starting at midnight. In a tweet published on the official account, the Ministry calls on the elderly and chronically ill to stay indoors.

More:Turkey issues curfew for elderly, chronically ill | Daily Sabah