Day: June 11, 2020

Turkey sends aid to Afghanistan to back COVID-19 fight

June 11, 2020

  A Turkish plane carrying medical supplies departed from the capital Ankara for Afghanistan on Thursday in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “A Turkish Armed Forces aircraft, carrying the medical supplies, prepared by the Health Ministry at the direction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for use against the COVID-19 outbreak, took off from Ankara […]

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ANALYSIS – Haftar backers seek gains at table after field losses

June 11, 2020

 The course of the operation launched on Feb. 4, 2019, towards the capital Tripoli by groups led by putschist general Khalifa Haftar was radically changed starting in February 2020. Groups under the Government of National Accord (GNA), which had previously halted Haftar’s expansionism, have made rapid progress on the front lines since then. In April […]

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Turkey slams US international religious freedom report

June 11, 2020

  Turkey on Thursday criticized the US Department of State’s 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom as “written in a language far from objectivity.” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement that the report’s contents on Turkey included “claims without sources.” “Without any discrimination, Turkey continues to support its goals in protecting […]

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Japan set to let in 250 foreign travelers per day

June 11, 2020

 Japan plans to start allowing a limited number of foreign travelers as part of a gradual move towards normalization after its months-long COVID-19 state of emergency, local media reported on Thursday. Authorities may begin allowing 250 travelers per day from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam, Kyodo News reported, citing government sources. Japan, which has […]

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SunExpress resumes int’l flights amid normalization

June 11, 2020

  SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, restarted its international flights after a two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it announced on Thursday. On Wednesday, the carrier operated 38 international flights between Turkey — from Izmir on the Aegean coast, Mediterranean resort city of Antalya and the capital Ankara — and […]

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Turkey detains suspects over alleged Syria terror links

June 11, 2020

 Provincial security forces in Turkey’s south held six suspects allegedly linked to terrorist groups in Syria on Thursday. Security forces in Adana province began inspections on the six suspects, whose addresses were surrounded and searched during the operations. The suspects were taken to police headquarters following health controls. In its more than 30-year terror campaign […]

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‘Recession, sanctions behind rampant child labor in Iran’

June 11, 2020

 As the car screeches to a halt at a traffic signal in the Iranian capital Tehran, children below 10 crowd the vehicle, trying their best to sell items like fresh flowers, microfiber towels, perfumes, face masks and disinfectants at a discount. Wearing oversized unkempt clothes, these children try every marketing technique to sell their products […]

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Hagia Sophia not a matter of int’l affairs: Turkey’s Cavusoglu

June 11, 2020

 The Turkish foreign minister on Thursday said Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia is “not a matter of international affairs, but a matter of national sovereignty.” Speaking in a televised interview, Mevlut Cavusoglu responded to the recent discussions over the possible reopening of Hagia Sophia as a mosque and said the popular site was initially a mosque after […]

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