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A man wearing mask walks on a street in Tehran, Iran, on March 7, 2020. The novel coronavirus has claimed 194 lives in Iran, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education announced Sunday. Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the ministry, said the total number of the confirmed cases now stands at 6,566, of whom 2,134 have recovered. Tehran records 1,805 cases of infection, the highest number among the country's provinces, followed by Qom with 685 cases and Mazandaran with 620 cases. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

Turkey’s confirmed cases exceed 110,000; Iran registers over 90,000 cases in total

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Turkey on Sunday reported 2,357 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 110,130. Meanwhile, Iran has registered 90,481 cases after...
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Mideast countries continue anti-coronavirus efforts as Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts

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Turkey on Saturday reported 2,861 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 107,773, while Iran has registered 89,328 cases after...
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Turkey spends US$28.7 billion to protect economy against COVID-19

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The Turkish government has taken steps worth 200 billion Turkish liras (28.7 billion U.S. dollars) to protect the economy from COVID-19 impacts since its...
Policemen wait to help transfer passengers on a Turkish Airlines plane from Tehran to a hospital for quarantine in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 25, 2020. A Turkish Airlines plane, departing from Tehran in Iran and due to arrive in Istanbul, was diverted to Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday over the suspicion of COVID-19 infection and passengers onboard have been taken under quarantine. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua)

Turkey crosses major threshold with 100,000 COVID-19 cases

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Turkey crossed a major threshold as the total COVID-19 cases exceeded 100,000 on Thursday, but the government mulls a plan to ease restrictions in...
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Bulgaria seizes 148,000 smuggled protective masks at border with Turkey

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Bulgarian customs inspectors have seized 148,000 smuggled protective masks at the country's Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint near the border with Turkey, authorities said Monday. ...
Pedestrians wearing masks are seen in downtown Tehran, Iran, Feb. 23, 2020. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday issued an order to form a national headquarters to cope with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, state TV reported. Since Iran announced the first batch cases of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, 43 Iranians have been confirmed infected by the virus, eight of whom have died. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

COVID-19 cases in Iran surpass 71,000 as Turkey’s confirmed cases near 57,000

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Iran on Sunday reported 1,657 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 71,686 in the country, while Turkey's confirmed cases climbed to 56,956. ...
Pedestrians wearing masks are seen in downtown Tehran, Iran, Feb. 23, 2020. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday issued an order to form a national headquarters to cope with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, state TV reported. Since Iran announced the first batch cases of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, 43 Iranians have been confirmed infected by the virus, eight of whom have died. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

COVID-19 infections top 70,000 in Iran as Turkey confirms over 52,000 cases with speeding...

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As COVID-19 sweeps the Middle East, the two worst-hit countries in the region both suffer relentless spread, but witness different trends. In...
Policemen wait to help transfer passengers on a Turkish Airlines plane from Tehran to a hospital for quarantine in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 25, 2020. A Turkish Airlines plane, departing from Tehran in Iran and due to arrive in Istanbul, was diverted to Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday over the suspicion of COVID-19 infection and passengers onboard have been taken under quarantine. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua)

Turkey detains 11 for house party despite anti-coronavirus measures

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Turkish police detained 11 people for joining a party in a villa in Istanbul despite the government's strict measures against the outbreak of COVID-19,...
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Turkey to cancel all international flights over COVID-19 fears

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that all international flights would be cancelled as part of the fight against COVID-19. ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) summit, in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. The two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on bilateral ties and global hot-spot issues. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

G20 and its summits

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of the Group of 20 (G20) leaders on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing...

Turkey: Arbitrary detention of 13 prominent human rights lawyers

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey,  Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights activist, and Freelance Journalist. According to the Observatory for the Protection...
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Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ghana

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Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ghana, the Health Minister Kwasi Agyemang-Manu has announced. He made this known at an emergency press briefing...
Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace To Northern Syria

Turkey and Russia reach agreement “to a large extent” regarding ceasefire in Idlib

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Turkish and Russian military delegations who have been discussing the ceasefire in Idlib since Tuesday have reached an agreement "to a large extent," Turkish...
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell hold a joint news conference after a college meeting of the EU executive to discuss Iran crisis, in Brussels, Belgium January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Turkey and EU should cooperate on refugees – Josep Borrell

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The EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stressed that Turkey and the EU should work to address common challenges over regional conflict, semi-official Anadolu...
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Turkey’s refugee move exposes EU’s common policy failure

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Turkey's sudden decision to open the gates to Europe for refugees exposes Ankara's frustration over the lack of support and the failure of a...
Photo released by Turkish Defense Ministry shows Turkish army launches a military operation into northern Syria on the Turkey-Syria border, on Oct. 9, 2019. Turkish Armed Forces on late Wednesday began a land operation into northern Syria against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). (Xinhua)

Russian military accuses Turkey of breaching agreement on Syria’s Idlib

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The Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday criticized Turkey for allegedly violating an agreement reached with Russia on the Idlib de-escalation zone in northwest Syria. ...
EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos (2nd L), Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu (2nd R), German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (1st R), and French Ambassador to Turkey Charles Fries attend a joint press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on Oct. 3, 2019. Dimitris Avramopoulos said Thursday there is an "urgent need" to stop refugees entering Greece from Turkey in an illegal way. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua)

Groups of migrants spotted in North Macedonia as Turkey opens borders

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Groups of migrants walking on a main highway in North Macedonia near its northern border with Serbia have been spotted on Saturday after Turkey...
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Iran’s president proposes trilateral Tehran summit over Syria

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that Iran is ready to host a meeting with the participation of the president's of Iran, Turkey and...
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Erdogan says 18,000 refugees cross Turkey’s borders to Europe

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that over 18,000 irregular migrants have so far crossed the Greek border after Turkey decided to...
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Russia and Turkey agree to scale down tensions in Syria’s Idlib

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Foreign and defense officials from Russia and Turkey have reiterated their commitment to "reducing tensions on the ground" in the northwestern Syrian province of...
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Irregular migrants pour in northwestern Turkey to cross border to Europe

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Thousands of irregular migrants on Saturday continued to pour in Turkey's northwestern border province of Edirne to make their way to Europe. ...
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Turkey seeks use of Syrian airspace

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Turkey is seeking to use Syrian airspace and will "hopefully" find a solution soon over the crisis in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, the Turkish...
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey have adopted a joint memorandum on the situation in Syria after the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi. According to the memorandum, Moscow and Ankara have agreed to deploy Russian and Syrian forces in zone of the Turkish operation in Syria starting from Wednesday. (Sputnik via Xinhua)

Russian delegation to visit Turkey for Idlib talks

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A Russian delegation will pay a visit to Turkey on Wednesday to discuss situation in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
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Turkey closes land border crossings with Iran over coronavirus

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Turkey on Sunday temporarily closed all its four land border crossings with Iran over the COVID-19 cases in the neighboring country, a Turkish minister...
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Turkey to seek compromise with Russia on Idlib crisis

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As tensions escalate between Turkey and Syria over the rebel-held province of Idlib, Ankara is trying to reach a compromise with Russia, the main...
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Turkey seeks EU accession amid East Med dispute

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by Burak Akinci Turkey expressed willingness to start the frozen EU accession process, but chronic differences and rising tensions with the bloc...
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Greece’s refugee decision to strain ties between EU and Turkey

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Greece's latest decision on sending illegal immigrants back to Turkey bears the potential to further strain the already tense ties between the European Union...

Turkey hunts 28 suspects over failed coup

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Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 28 suspects over their alleged links to a network believed to be behind a coup attempt...

Turkey urges Russia to fulfill responsibilities in Idlib deal

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Turkey on Monday urged Russia to fulfill its responsibilities in the Astana process that aimed at a cease-fire in Idlib province of Syria, the...

Turkey, Russia discuss rising tension in Syria’s Idlib

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Turkey and a visiting Russian delegation held talks in Ankara late Saturday over the escalating tension in the Syrian province of Idlib. ...