Turkey says may begin oil exploration under Libya deal in 3-4 months

Turkey may begin oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean within three or four months under a deal it signed with Libya that was condemned by others in the region including Greece, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on Friday.Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord

Turkey’s mosques reopen, coronavirus regulations for elderly and youth remain

Turkish authorities have sanitized 11 mosques ahead of their reopenings on Friday, English-language daily Hurriyet Daily News reported.People will only be allowed to perform midday, afternoon and Friday group prayers for now, but individuals can pray at other times.The Interior Ministry has also sen

Contagion risk in Turkish prisons feared

The death of a Turkish prisoner from COVID-19 in Istanbul’s Silivri Prison on Friday has put the health conditions of Turkish prisons under the spotlight again, with inmates under increased risk. The number of infected inmates in the prison has risen to 82. Four inmates have lost their lives

Turkey reports downward trend in coronavirus deaths, infections

Turkey reported a continued downward trajectory in COVID-19 deaths and confirmed infections Tuesday, with 28 new deaths and 1,022 infections over the past 24 hours. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted new figures showing a total of 4,199 deaths and 151,615 reported positive cases since March 11,

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over coronavirus aid

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 b

Turkey detains four more pro-Kurdish mayors, removes them from office in crackdown

Turkish authorities on Friday detained four more elected mayors from Turkey’s mainly Kurdish populated east and southeast regions, the state-run news agency reported, as the government pressed ahead with its crackdown on a pro-Kurdish party it accuses of links to Kurdish militants. The mayors

Turkey's contact tracers race to contain coronavirus

Two medics in protective suits jumped out of a car in a deserted street in central Ankara and hurried inside a building - one carrying medical equipment and the other, paperwork.Some 15 minutes later, they sped off to their next appointment, one of nearly 6,000 teams deployed across Turkey to try to

Erdogan says Turkey will send medical gear to United States

President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will send medical gear including protective suits and masks to the United States on Tuesday to help its efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. “At a time when even developed countries are asking for Turkey’s support, we have offered our su

Turkey brings 506 more nationals from Africa over virus

Turkey brought an additional 506 of its nationals from four African nations early Sunday as part of its ongoing repatriation efforts for Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. On a special Turkish Airlines flight, 207 Turkish nationals returned from Somalia and Djibouti have arrived in Turkey's Nev

Turkey's Interior Minister resigns over coronavirus curfew

Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter on Sunday that he was resigning from his post over the implementation of a two-day curfew in major Turkish cities to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Turkey announced on Friday evening a two-day lockdown over the weekend.However, in the brie

Turkey to track citizens via mobile phones to enforce quarantines

Turkey will monitor the mobile phones of those diagnosed with the new coronavirus to ensure they do not break quarantine, authorities said on Wednesday, marking the latest measure to stem an outbreak that has surged over the last month. Turkey will start tracking citizens and send them a message an

Turkey exempts young workers from confinement order

Turkey on Sunday said working youth, including seasonal agricultural labor, will be exempted from a confinement order imposed as part of tougher measures against the coronavirus outbreak. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday issued a mandatory confinement order for everyone aged under 20 starti

Turkey imposes curfew on youth under 20, orders 31 cities into lockdown

Turkey imposed a partial curfew for citizens under the age of 20, effective as of midnight on Friday as part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said. Ankara also decided to shut down borders of 31 cities for vehicles, excluding essential supplies,

Turkish hospital opens in Gaza Strip to stem COVID-19

The Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital in Gaza began operating as part of efforts to curb the novel coronavirus, Palestine’s government said Tuesday. Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhim said President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed during

Turkey’s coronavirus deaths up to 168, with 10,827 total cases: Health minister

Turkey’s deaths from the new coronavirus increased by 37 to 168 on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,610 to 10,827, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Some 162 patients have recovered so far.  The minister added on Twitter that 11,535 tests had been conducted on Monda

Turkey cancels all int’l flights amid COVID-19 outbreak

Turkey will suspend all international flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday as the country's death toll from the pandemic climbed to 92. In an address to the nation, he said: "All international flights have been suspended for an in

Turkey announces first death from coronavirus: Health ministry

Turkey confirmed early on Wednesday its first death related to the coronavir1us and the country more than doubled its confirmed cases to 98, from 47 a day earlier.Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a press conference that an 89-year old died after contracting the virus from someone who had contact

Turkey to hold migration summit by teleconference

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with French and German leaders about solving a migration crisis next week by teleconference, rather than hosting a summit as originally planned, a Turkish official said. The decision comes as countries grapple with the spread of coronavirus. Erdogan

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