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Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque after Turkish court ruling

10 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul's Hagia Sophia a mosque on Friday with the first Muslim prayers to begin in two weeks, after a top court ruled the ancient building's conversion to a museum by modern Turkey's founding statesman was illegal.

Russia's Blue Stream gas pipeline to Turkey idle since May - sources

10 Jul 2020

MOSCOW/ANKARA The Blue Stream pipeline delivering Russian gas to Turkey, due to be re-launched after maintenance in May, remains idle, three sources told Reuters on Friday, as Ankara is increasing purchases of super-cooled gas to replace supplies from Gazprom.

Turkish central bank tells investors inflation will dip soon

09 Jul 2020

ANKARA Turkey's central bank said on a conference call on Thursday that inflation, while up a bit in recent months due to the pandemic, will fall back "over the medium term", according to slides of the bank's presentation and investors on the call.

Turkey warns it will respond if EU takes fresh measures against it

06 Jul 2020

ANKARA Turkey will respond with its own steps if the European Union imposes further sanctions on Ankara, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday after meeting the EU's top diplomat.

Turkish court convicts four rights activists on terrorism-related charges

03 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Friday sentenced a former local head of Amnesty International to more than six years in jail and convicted three other activists on terrorism-related charges for holding a meeting about digital security, the rights group said.

Father of Turkish NBA player Kanter acquitted of terrorism links

19 Jun 2020

ANKARA NBA center Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said on Friday his father had been acquitted of charges that he was a member of a terrorist group.

Turkey must restore credibility to win foreign funds, ex-minister says

12 Jun 2020

ANKARA Turkey must restore its economic credibility if it hopes to secure needed foreign funding and return to growth, said President Tayyip Erdogan's former economy czar who recently broke away and founded his own party.

Turkey to host Champions League final in August, resume leagues on June 12

06 May 2020

ANKARA Turkey plans to host the Champions League final in late August, the head of its football federation said on Wednesday, and will resume domestic soccer leagues without fans on June 12 after a three-month suspension caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Idled day workers may slip though Turkey's cash safety net

14 Apr 2020

ISTANBUL Countless Turkish day workers risk falling through a financial safety net being set up to support those idled due to the coronavirus outbreak, as authorities in Ankara scramble for funds to stretch it more widely.

Turkey adopts 'voluntary' stay-at-home quarantine

27 Mar 2020

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday for a "voluntary quarantine" in which Turks stay at home except for shopping or basic needs to stem a surge of coronavirus cases, which jumped by a third in a day to 5,698 with 92 dead.

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