Tag: Turkey

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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‘We Are Like Animals’: Inside Greece’s Secret Site for Migrants

POROS, Greece — The Greek government is detaining migrants incommunicado at a secret extrajudicial location before expelling them to Turkey without due process, one of several hard-line measures taken to seal the borders to Europe that experts say violate international law. Several migrants said in interviews that they had been captured, stripped of their belongings, […]

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Vigilantes Along Greek Border With Turkey Say ‘No More’ to Migrants

EVROS, Greece — The farmers and pensioners wore black clothes and heavy boots, imitating Greece’s special forces, and trod along a rural road on a night patrol looking for migrants trying to cross the northern land border with Turkey. “We’ll get you next time!” they shouted at a small group of men who had made […]

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A Balancing Act for Europe: Stop the Migrants, Support Greece, Assuage Turkey

BRUSSELS — The European Union still has nightmares about the mismanaged chaos of the 2015 influx of migrants and refugees, which produced horrible pictures of dead children, masses of unregistered people wandering the roads, political divisions and a significant boost to far-right populism across the Continent. Turkey’s vow to let hundreds of thousands more leave […]

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Child Dies at Sea as Greece Cracks Down on Migrants From Turkey

EVROS, Greece — A child drowned on Monday when a dinghy carrying 48 migrants capsized while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos from the Turkish coast, the Greek Coast Guard said. It was the first confirmed death since Turkey declared late last week that it was ending its policy of blocking migrants trying […]

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Turkey Declares Major Offensive Against Syrian Government

ISTANBUL — Turkey said on Sunday that it was launching a major counteroffensive against the Syrian government, for the first time openly declaring war on the government of Bashar al-Assad and steeply escalating Ankara’s involvement in Syria’s nine-year war. The announcement came three days after Turkey suffered its worst military losses in a single attack […]

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Greece Sends Army to Border as Turkey Open Gates for Migrants

ORESTIADA, Greece — Greece deployed additional military forces to the country’s northern border with Turkey on Sunday to fortify the area and to repel a stream of migrants after Turkey opened the floodgates to the European Union over the weekend. Military officials would not say how many additional troops were being deployed, but they confirmed […]

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Turkey ‘Opened the Doors’ for Migrants Into Europe, Erdogan Says

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey declared on Saturday that he had opened his country’s borders for migrants to cross into Europe, saying that Turkey could no longer handle the numbers fleeing the war in Syria. “What did we do yesterday?” he said in a televised speech. “We opened the doors.” His comments […]

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Turkey, Pressing E.U. for Help in Syria, Threatens to Open Borders to Refugees

BRUSSELS — In an apparently coordinated effort by Turkey to raise the pressure on Europe, Turkish state news agencies on Friday showed videos of hundreds of migrants making their way to the Turkish-Greek land border, seemingly facilitated by the Turkish authorities. The broadcasts, an apparent effort by Turkey to press European leaders into supporting its […]

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Turkey Vows to Resist Attacks Against Its Forces in Syria

ISTANBUL — Turkey vowed on Friday to resist further aggression against its troops in northwestern Syria, a day after Russian or Syrian air and artillery strikes killed 33 Turkish soldiers, bringing Russia and Turkey close to open conflict. NATO ambassadors met on Friday in an emergency session called by Turkey, a member state. European officials […]

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In Syria and Libya, Trump Is Torn Over 2 Wars, and 2 Strongmen

WASHINGTON — President Trump has long sought to avoid confronting the leaders of Turkey and Russia — two foreign strongmen who are facing off in civil wars in Syria and Libya. But after an airstrike on Thursday that killed dozens of Turkish troops in northwest Syria, Mr. Trump may be forced to pick a side. […]

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Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria

ISTANBUL — The Turkish army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike in northwest Syria late Thursday, an attack that could dramatically change the course of the Syrian war. At least 22 Turkish soldiers were killed, said Rahmi Dogan, the Turkish governor of the southern province of Hatay, where the Turkish casualties were arriving. News reports […]

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Children Freeze to Death as Attack Prompts Largest Exodus of Syrian War

REYHANLI, Turkey — The baby wasn’t moving. Her body had gone hot, then cold. Her father rushed her to a hospital, going on foot when he could not find a car, but it was too late. At 18 months, Iman Leila had frozen to death. In the half-finished concrete shell that had been home since […]

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Syria’s Drawn-Out Agony

The Syrian civil war has entered its end game and it is as gruesome and fraught as any stretch in the hellish nine-year struggle. As the Syrian troops of Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, move to clear the last rebel-held enclave in northwestern Syria, some 900,000 civilian refugees — more than half of them children […]

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