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VW Aborts Plan For New Plant In Turkey Amid Plunging Car Sales

The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis appear to have put the final nail in the coffin for Volkswagen’s planned multi-brand car factory in Turkey. The project, which was put on hold in October last year among international criticism about Turkey’s military operations in Syria, has reportedly been dropped. The Volkswagen Group has decided […]

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NASA Scientist, Detained in Turkey for Years, Returns to U.S.

ISTANBUL — An American NASA scientist returned with his family to the United States early Tuesday morning after nearly four years of imprisonment and house arrest in Turkey, and more than seven months after President Trump said he had secured an agreement for his release. The scientist, Serkan Golge, arrived in Washington on a commercial […]

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Police Find Over 40 Stolen Canadian Cars In Shipping Containers Heading To Libya And Turkey

More than 40 vehicles stolen from the greater Toronto area were found last week in shipping containers in Italy, thanks to efforts from the York Regional Financial Crimes Unit, Canada’s Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Italian police. The CBSA contacted the York Regional Financial Crimes Unit back in April of this year, in regards to […]

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Suicide Bombing Targets Major Turkish Military Base in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Two people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside Turkey’s largest overseas military base in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Somali officials said, the latest reminder of Somalia’s struggle to curb the deadly attacks that have haunted the country for years. The attack, which bears the hallmarks of the Shabab terrorist […]

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Turkey Court Sentences U.S. Consulate Employee to Over 8 Years in Prison

ISTANBUL — An Istanbul court sentenced on Thursday a U.S. Consulate employee to more than eight years in prison on charges of aiding an armed terror group, a ruling likely to exacerbate a long-running dispute between Turkey and the United States over the prosecutions of three Turkish citizens employed by the American government. Metin Topuz […]

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Erdogan and Trump Form New Bond as Interests Align

ISTANBUL — Relations between President Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were in the worst state anyone could remember 10 months ago, veering toward armed clashes between their armies across the Syrian-Turkish border, while Mr. Trump threatened to annihilate Turkey’s economy. But these days, as the coronavirus threatens recession and rallies their opponents, […]

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Russian-Backed Libyan Commander Retreats From Tripoli

The forces of the military leader Khalifa Hifter on Thursday retreated from their last footholds in the suburbs of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, ending his 15-month-old campaign to capture the city. Mr. Hifter, 76, a former Libyan Army general and one-time C.I.A. asset, has fought for years to try to rule Libya as a new […]

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Move to Drop Flynn Charge Reverberates in Ex-Business Partner’s Case

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for a former business partner of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn who was acquitted on charges of illegal foreign lobbying have asked the Justice Department to abandon an appeal of the case, saying the investigation was intertwined with the prosecution of Mr. Flynn that the department is seeking […]

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Zynga acquires mobile gaming company Peak for $1.8 billion

Zynga will purchase Istanbul-based game developer Peak for $1.8 billion, marking the largest acquisition in the company’s history. In a press release, Zynga officials said the deal would be financed by $900 million in cash and $900 million in stock. Zynga had previously bought Peak’s casual card game studio in 2017 for $100 million. The […]

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Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

In Silicon Valley, the natural order of time is reverse chronological: what matters most is what is newest, and can be constantly refreshed by swiping downward. Why, because the present’s so great? Two decades into a profoundly unpromising century — and amid a pandemic whose social and epidemiological fallout strongly echoes plagues from centuries past […]

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In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

CAIRO — A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of the aspiring strongman Khalifa Hifter and signaled the arrival of Turkey as a potentially decisive force among the foreign powers battling for supremacy in the Middle East’s biggest proxy war. Libyan fighters backed […]

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In Istanbul Under Lockdown, Baklava Makers Are Essential Workers

ISTANBUL — Every weekend, for over a month now, Istanbul has been under a strict curfew because of the coronavirus. No one is allowed out, not for exercise or groceries, and the police impose fines. Sometimes, like last weekend and next, the street-emptying lockdown stretches for four days to take in public holidays. That has […]

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Charges Laid Against Seven Individuals Who Helped Carlos Ghosn Escape Japan

Prosecutors in Turkey have charged seven people who helped ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in December. The BBC reports that prosecutors have charged four pilots, two flight attendants, and an airline executive that were behind the brazen escape. The pilots and airline executive have been charged with “migrant smuggling” while the other crew […]

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Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy

ISTANBUL — An economic crisis was looming even before the coronavirus gripped Turkey with unexpected ferocity. But the contagion has quickly and ruthlessly laid bare the ways President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left the economy vulnerable, presenting him with the greatest challenge of his 18 years in power. The outbreak has exacerbated already high unemployment […]

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Concerns of a Coup Stir in Sudan as Capital Braces for a Virus Lockdown

CAIRO — A dispute over measures to counter the coronavirus in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has led to an open confrontation between the country’s military and political leaders, underscoring the fragility of the country’s transition to democracy. The civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, announced on Thursday that he had fired the governor of Khartoum, […]

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Coronavirus World Live Tracker: Britain Expected to Extend Lockdown

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe nearly empty streets of Camden Town in London on Sunday. The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Britain has surpassed that of China.Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times Across the globe, countries weigh easing restrictions, even as new clusters emerge. As the number of people around […]

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Coronavirus Updates: Turkey Rejects Resignation of Minister Who Led Botched Lockdown

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTaksim Square in Istanbul on Sunday.Credit…Ozan Kose/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Erdogan rejected the resignation of the minister who oversaw Turkey’s rushed lockdown. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declined on Sunday to accept the resignation of Turkey’s interior minister, who offered it after taking responsibility for an abruptly announced curfew […]

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Some Countries Face an Awful Question: Death by Coronavirus or by Hunger?

Though many rich economies have ground to a halt under strict lockdowns to contain the coronavirus, many low- and middle-income countries have decided they can’t afford an all-out fight. Brazil’s president has taken the most controversial stand against shutdowns, saying “we’re all going to die one day,” but he is not alone. A recent study […]

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From Prominent Turkish Philanthropist to Political Prisoner

ISTANBUL — During a tumultuous day in court in February, the Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala was unexpectedly acquitted of trying to overthrow the government and then rearrested before he could walk free. He described it as the best day of his life. “We were acquitted,” he told his lawyers, referring to the eight […]

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Turkey Orders All Citizens to Wear Masks as Coronavirus Infections Rise

ISTANBUL — Turkey has ordered all citizens to wear masks when shopping or visiting crowded public places and announced that it will deliver masks to every family, free of charge, as coronavirus infections increase in the country of 80 million. The order is the latest in a gradual tightening of antivirus measures by a government […]

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The Coronavirus Coups Are Upon Us

As enabling acts go, Viktor Orban’s might be one of the most sweeping since Hitler got his in 1933. On Monday, Orban—the quasi-fascist former communist who has dragged Hungary to the far right since becoming prime minister a decade ago—secured his parliament’s sign-off on a law that effectively makes him a dictator until he decides […]

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Turkey Indicts 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing

ISTANBUL — Turkish officials on Wednesday announced the indictments of 20 Saudi nationals on charges of murder and incitement to murder in the killing of the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi, concluding their investigation into the case. In a statement, the Istanbul prosecutor’s office said the indictments, which have yet to be made public, would show […]

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In World’s Most Vulnerable Countries, Coronavirus Pandemic Rivals the 2008 Crisis

In New Delhi, a fruit vendor whose sales have dropped by half now dilutes the milk she serves to her five children. In central Turkey, a company that runs hot air balloon rides for tourists has banished its 49 employees to indefinite leave while cutting their wages by half. In Manila, a bartender for an […]

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In World’s Most Vulnerable Countries, the Pandemic Rivals the 2008 Crisis

In New Delhi, a fruit vendor whose sales have dropped by half now dilutes the milk she serves to her five children. In central Turkey, a company that runs hot air balloon rides for tourists has banished its 49 employees to indefinite leave while cutting their wages by half. In Manila, a bartender for an […]

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We Asked People Around the World How They’re Coping with Coronavirus

The coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in late December has now spread to more than 170 countries. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Some countries, including much of Europe, Asia, and parts of the U.S., have shut schools and restaurants and […]

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‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can’t Wash Their Kids for a Week.’

MAARAT MISRIN, Syria — In northwestern Syria, where a million people who have fled the civil war are sheltering in muddy tent camps and abandoned buildings, the spread of the coronavirus could wreak untold disaster on a devastated region. Forget hand washing and social distancing, the preventive measures recommended by health authorities around the world. […]

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Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

BRUSSELS — Turkey has signaled that it is winding down its two-week operation to aid the movement of tens of thousands of people toward Europe, following a tough on-the-ground response from Greek border guards and a tepid diplomatic reaction from European politicians. Migrants at the Greek-Turkish land border began to be transported back to Istanbul […]

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3 Men Sentenced to 125 Years Each in Drowning of Syrian Refugee Boy

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Critics Hear Political Tone as Pompeo Calls Out Diplomatic Rivals Over Human Rights

WASHINGTON — Four nations that are among the Trump administration’s top diplomatic adversaries were singled out on Wednesday for rampant human rights violations, raising questions of whether the State Department’s annual review of civil liberties protections worldwide was being politicized. In previewing the 2019 human rights report — an assessment of 199 countries and foreign […]

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