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Umit Bektas

Epidemic's hidden victims, Syrian workers left penniless in Turkey

Apr 29 2020

ISTANBUL When the clothing factory where Syrian refugee Mohammed Eid had worked since arriving in Istanbul closed because of the coronavirus lockdown, his manager had a bleak message for laid-off staff: you're on your own.

Inside ICU, Turkish doctors rush back to work after coronavirus recovery

Apr 15 2020

ISTANBUL In the intensive care unit of a hospital in Istanbul, the heart of Turkey's coronavirus outbreak, doctors and nurses have rushed back to duty to fight against the pandemic days after recovering themselves from the disease.

Turkey steps up aid to elderly, tightens curbs as virus toll rises

Mar 24 2020

ISTANBUL Turkey's government increased support for elderly people isolated at home and tightened restrictions on food shopping and travel on Tuesday after the country's death toll from the coronavirus rose to 37.

Mosques face up to pandemic as Friday prayers bring coronavirus risk

Mar 20 2020

JAKARTA/ISTANBUL/MOGADISHU The coronavirus stopped communal Muslim prayers for the first time in living memory in many mosques from Indonesia to Morocco on Friday, but in some places believers have defied medical advice to join together in worship.

Turkish coastguard rescues 120 migrants off western coast

Mar 06 2020

DIKILI, Turkey Turkey's coastguard rescued around 120 migrants trying to reach a Greek island on three dinghies early on Friday after they said their passage was blocked by Greek coastguard vessels. | Video

Russian artist unveils Putin 'superhero' paintings in Istanbul

Feb 15 2020

ISTANBUL A Russian artist unveiled four giant paintings of Russia's President Vladimir Putin in central Istanbul on Saturday, saying he wanted to show the good ties between Ankara and Moscow despite differences over Syria and other issues.

Turkey ends rescue efforts after earthquake toll reaches 41

Jan 27 2020

ELAZIG, Turkey Turkey called off rescue operations on Monday in eastern areas hit by Friday's earthquake after emergency workers recovered the body of a final person they were searching for in a collapsed building, bringing the death toll to 41, authorities said. | Video

Turkey searches for last people missing from quake that killed at least 38

Jan 26 2020

ELAZIG, Turkey A woman and her young child were pulled out alive from under a collapsed building before Turkey began winding down its rescue operation on Sunday following an earthquake that killed at least 38 people.

Beaten and abused, Sudan's women bear scars of fight for freedom

Jul 11 2019

KHARTOUM After six years abroad, Khadija Saleh returned to Sudan in March to join protesters in the streets demanding change. | Video

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