Murad Sezer

Animal rights activists slam Turkish camel wrestling festival

Jan 17 2022

ISTANBUL A traditional camel wrestling festival in western Turkey that attracts thousands of people every year is drawing criticism from animal rights activists who say the big ruminants are abused and injured during the event. | Video

Turkey's medical workers protest low wages, harsh conditions

Dec 15 2021

ISTANBUL Five Turkish healthcare unions representing more than 250,000 health workers, doctors and other medical personnel went on a one-day strike on Wednesday, protesting poor wages and harsh working conditions amid a currency meltdown.

Greek restorer tends to Istanbul church artefacts that 'live through centuries'

Feb 02 2021

ISTANBUL Greek restorer Venizelos Gavrilakis uses microscopes, cotton swabs and a delicate touch to bring artefacts back to life in churches in Istanbul, where concerns have grown about the preservation of its Byzantine history.

Turkey vaccinates more than 285,000 in Sinovac rollout launch

Jan 15 2021

ISTANBUL Turkey began administering COVID-19 shots developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd to health workers on Thursday, as it vaccinated more than 285,000 people as part of a nationwide programme against the virus.

China steals march on West in developing nations' vaccine rollout

Jan 14 2021

ISTANBUL/LONDON China is stealing a march on Western drugmakers in the COVID-19 vaccine race in developing nations, with Indonesia and Turkey rolling out huge campaigns with a Chinese shot this week, Brazil due to follow soon, and even EU member Hungary signing up.

Turkey begins administering Sinovac shot to health workers

Jan 14 2021

ISTANBUL, Jan 14 Turkey began administering the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac to health workers on Thursday, as it rolls out a nationwide vaccination programme against the disease that has killed more than 23,000 people in the country.

Mother, children rescued from Turkey quake rubble; death toll at 37

Oct 31 2020

IZMIR A mother and three of her children were pulled to safety on Saturday after being trapped for almost 18 hours under a building in the western Turkish city of Izmir that was flattened in a powerful earthquake. | Video

Strong earthquake kills 19 people in Turkey and Greek islands

Oct 31 2020

IZMIR, Turkey Nineteen people were killed in Turkey and Greece after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing down and setting off tidal waves which slammed into coastal areas and islands. | Video

World News

Biden says any Russian movement into Ukraine will be considered invasion

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he has made clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that any Russian movement into Ukraine would be considered an invasion, after he earlier suggested https://www.reuters.com/world/blinken-arrives-berlin-ukraine-talks-with-european-allies-2022-01-20 allies were split over how to react to any "minor incursion."