Turkey averts COVID-19 nightmare – Atlantic Council fellow

Turkey has averted a full-blown COVID-19 catastrophe by implementing limited lockdowns alongside social distancing, testing, and tracing, Matthew Bryza, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, has said. Bryza said he had anticipated a disaster in Turkey...

Turkish women’s rights movement fights back as COVID-19 spurs violence

Just after dawn in the Turkish city of Muğla on Sunday, 26-year-old Selim Ahmet Kemaloğlu, a boxer with aspirations to make Turkey’s national team, grabbed a bread knife and stabbed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Zeynep...

Swiss prosecutors investigating Turkish couple who informed on dissidents: report

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Prosecution has launched an investigation into a Turkish couple who informed on dissidents living in Switzerland, also Turks, to authorities in Turkey, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported, citing the...

Countries supporting Libya’s Haftar are on ‘wrong side of history’: Erdoğan aide

Countries such as France that support Libya’s strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar are on the wrong side of history, Turkey’s presidential spokesman said Monday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. In a live interview with...

Turkey has provided $325 mln in coronavirus relief to northern Cypriots: VP

Ankara has provided some $325 million to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) to help it weather the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Tuesday. “While preparing for...

Turkey’s early release law discriminates against political prisoners: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday criticized Turkey for discriminating against political prisoners in its early release law enacted to ease overcrowding in prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Turkey’s law authorizing prisoner releases specifically excluded...

El Al cargo plane lands in Turkey to collect coronavirus aid for US: report

For the first time in a decade, an El Al flight has landed in Turkey to collect humanitarian aid to help the US fight the coronavirus, The Jerusalem Post reported. The Dreamliner plane landed in...

Turkish Airlines may delay delivery of Boeing, Airbus planes: report

Turkish Airlines (THY), which halted nearly all of its passenger flights as a result of the coronavirus crisis, may delay the delivery of some Boeing and Airbus planes, its chairman was quoted as saying...

UN concerned about Albanian deportations of Turkish nationals over alleged Gülen links: report

Five United Nations human rights officials have sent a letter to the government of Albania to raise the cases of Harun Çelik, a Turkish citizen who was deported from Albania to Turkey in January,...

Turkey to reopen İstanbul’s 550-year-old Grand Bazaar after rare closure: report

İstanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, home to almost 3,000 shops that employ some 30,000 people, is preparing to reopen on Monday after a two-month closure due to the global coronavirus outbreak, AFP reported. Officials say it...

Turkish soldier killed in explosion in Syria’s Idlib

A Turkish soldier was killed in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib on May 27 after an explosion along the M4 highway, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. “During a road control patrol in the Idlib region,...

Northeast winds turn Bosphorus turquoise

The Bosphorus Strait that divides the continents of Europe and Asia in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul turned turquoise over the weekend, with experts saying it was due mostly to the powerful northeast wind. The sudden transformation of the usually blue...

Turkey seeking to end 2020 with growth: Finance minister

Turkey is seeking to end 2020 with a positive economic growth rate despite negative forecasts due to the coronavirus crisis, the country’s treasury and finance minister said on May 27. Turkey will be one of the least affected...

Virus measures announced for several industries

The Health Ministry has announced a series of measures to be taken in 11 sectors in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus as Turkey has already rolled out its normalization plan. The new measures are mostly...

Yassıada ‘Democracy and Freedoms Island’ inaugurated

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated Democracy and Freedom Island on May 27 in waters near Istanbul on the 60th anniversary of a coup in Turkey. "60 years ago, Turkey experienced one of the darkest days of its history with...

Coronavirus death toll reaches 4,431 as recoveries exceed 122,000

Turkey's confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 1,035 in the past 24 hours, and 34 more people have died, taking the death toll to 4,431, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on May 27. Turkey's total confirmed cases stood...

Turkey begins operating intercity trains

Turkey has begun operating intercity trains on May 28 after a two-month gap, as it gradually eases coronavirus curbs in a bid to restore normal life and reopen its economy. To fight the virus, Turkey had imposed weekend stay-at-home orders,...

China and India move troops as border tensions escalate

Thousands of Chinese troops reportedly move into sensitive areas along Himalayan frontier Hannah Ellis-Petersen  - The  Guardian Tensions between China and India over their Himalayan border have escalated, with China accused of moving thousands of troops...

Hong Kong no longer deserves special US status, Pompeo says

www.koreatimes.co.kr- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer qualifies for its special status under U.S. law, potentially dealing a crushing blow to its status as a...

Chinese parliament to vote on Hong Kong security law as US condemnation builds

Move would pave the way for anti-sedition laws, which human rights advocates say will threaten the city’s freedoms Lily Kuo in Beijing  -   The   Guardian China’s legislature was set to approve plans to force a controversial...