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Trump urges Libya de-escalation on call with Erdogan: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump called for a "rapid de-escalation" of the Libyan conflict on a call with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, the White House said, after recent gains by forces backed by Turkey prompted threats of retaliation. Ankara said the NATO allies agreed to continue pursuing stability in the eastern Mediterranean region, including in Syria, while a spokesman for Erdogan said the international community must stand with Turkey in the Libyan conflict.
Tags: News, White House, Turkey, Syria, Nato, Libya, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Mediterranean, Trump, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan


In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

With a succession of quick victories, Turkish-supported forces in Libya have rolled back the gains of a would-be strongman whose allies, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, now face tough choices.
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, United Nations, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Erdogan, International Relations, Khalifa, Recep Tayyip, Defense and Military Forces, Hifter


Trevor Noah Calls Out Sean Hannity Over ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ Dog-Whistle Racism

On Thursday night, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah addressed “a brand new conspiracy that Trump and Fox News are calling: Obamagate.” (It’s not new but more on that later.)Cue Trump sycophant and Fox News host Sean Hannity, who called it “the biggest abuse of power/corruption scandal in American history,” adding, ‘What did Barack Hussein Obama know, and when did he know it?” “Oh snap! Barack Hussein Obama!” exclaimed Noah. “That’s how you know you’re in trouble, when Fox is calling you by your full...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Russia, Colin Kaepernick, Fbi, Noah, Fox, Fox News, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trevor Noah, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Mike Pence


Turkey's Erdogan imposes four-day lockdown from Saturday

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that a lockdown would be imposed starting on Saturday and ending after Tuesday, May 19, which is a national holiday. Ankara has imposed lockdowns in major cities over the past four weekends, as well as on national holidays to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said intercity travel restrictions on nine more cities had been lifted, as Turkey gradually eases measures taken against the coronavirus.
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan


Coronavirus economic shocks could prove catalyst for Erdoğan's political decline

Collapsing economy and handling of crisis may deal president mortal blowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTurkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a populist juggernaut, fond of suggesting that his leadership is the only way to protect the country from enemies both real and imagined. The coronavirus pandemic, however, is an existential crisis unlike anything he has faced before.“Erdoğan has gradually managed to reform Turkey’s constitution, consolidating power into ...
Tags: US, World news, Turkey, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Freedom House, Coronavirus outbreak, Nate Schenkkan


Coronavirus leaves Turkey’s president with nobody else to blame

Collapsing economy and rising death toll could prove downfall of Recep Tayyip ErdoğanCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTurkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a populist juggernaut, fond of suggesting that his leadership is the only way to protect the country from enemies both real and imagined. The coronavirus pandemic, however, is an existential crisis unlike anything he has faced before.“Erdoğan has gradually managed to reform Turkey’s constitution, consolidatin...
Tags: US, World news, Turkey, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Freedom House, Coronavirus outbreak, Tayyip ErdoğanCoronavirus, Nate Schenkkan


'There is no future': the refugees who became pawns in Erdoğan’s game

First the asylum seekers were used to further Turkey’s regional ambitions, now they are made to suffer in quarantine campsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the beginning of March, thousands of refugees gathered in the shadow of the Pazarkule border gate in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would “open the gate” to Europe.The move was a reaction to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Idlib province on 28 February and designed to exert pressure on t...
Tags: Europe, Eu, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Nato, Refugees, Global development, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Idlib


Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy

Some are hoping that the coronavirus achieves what some of the president’s advisers have failed to do: persuade Mr. Erdogan to reverse his authoritarian grip over fiscal policy in Turkey.
Tags: News, Turkey, Epidemics, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip, Economic Conditions and Trends, Politics And Government, Labor and Jobs, Shutdowns (Institutional, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Erdogan begins to ease Turkey's coronavirus restrictions

Turkey will start easing coronavirus containment measures from Monday, President Tayyip Erdogan said, lifting inter-city travel restrictions in seven provinces and easing a curfew imposed on senior and youth citizens. Turkey has about 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases - the highest total outside Western Europe, the United States and Russia - and has been in lockdown at weekends and on national holidays since the start of April. Ankara started implementing containment measures after its first...
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, United States, Erdogan, Western Europe, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan


Turkish students increasingly resisting religion, study suggests

Young people likely to challenge Islam and see themselves as less religious than previous generationsTwenty-two-year old Esra, from Mersin, is even more bored than usual this Ramadan. Universities are shut and Turkey has taken the unusual step of placing under 20s, as well as over 65s, under a nighttime curfew, because many Turkish families live in intergenerational households.As a result, Esra can’t see any of her friends. And a few days into the Muslim month of fasting, like many young people,...
Tags: Religion, World news, Turkey, Islam, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ramadan, ESRA, Justice and Development, Mersin, Konda, Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, Sarkaya


Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-gay sermon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted people and was condemned in Islamic teaching. Ali Erbas, head of a state-funded agency called the Diyanet, which runs mosques and appoints imams, also claimed during his weekly sermon that homosexuality caused HIV. The Ankara bar association of lawyers accused him of inciting hatred against gay people while ignoring child abuse and misogyny.
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara, Ali Erbas


Erdogan says Turkey will send medical gear to United States

President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will send medical gear including protective suits and masks to the United States on Tuesday to help its efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. "At a time when even developed countries are asking for Turkey's support, we have offered our support to a wide geography, from the Balkans to Africa," Erdogan told reporters following a cabinet meeting. "Most recently, we are sending medical aid to the United States on Tuesday, consisting of surgical mask...
Tags: News, Turkey, United States, Erdogan, Balkans, Tayyip Erdogan, Africa Erdogan


Trump: Why Waste a Crisis?

The global pandemic is his latest rationale for enacting longstanding conservative goals.
Tags: News, Erdogan, Environmental Protection Agency, Defense Department, Relief, Atkinson, Trump, Emanuel, Viktor, Rahm, Orban, Recep Tayyip, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Immigration and Emigration, Executive Orders and Memorandums


Coronavirus live news: Singapore extends lockdown after cases rise; Sweden reports highest daily death toll

Donald Trump signals immigration ban; Oktoberfest cancelled; US oil market collapses into negative prices; global cases near 2.5 millionWHO warns few people have developed coronavirus antibodiesPandemic causing some anti-vaxxers to waverUS coronavirus updates - live UK coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.22pm BST The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey is starting to reach a plateau and the country aims to return to normal life after Ramadan, which ends in late May, presi...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Sweden, Singapore, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, Turkey, US news, Medical Research, Austria, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases


Istanbul Death Toll Hints Turkey Is Hiding a Wider Coronavirus Calamity

Istanbul recorded 2,100 more deaths over recent years between March and April, The Times found, suggesting a hidden toll.
Tags: News, Turkey, Epidemics, Erdogan, Times, Istanbul, Recep Tayyip, Politics And Government, Deaths (Fatalities, Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Turkey's Erdogan accuses Syrian government of violating Idlib ceasefire

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the Syrian government was violating a ceasefire in the northwestern Idlib region, warning that Damascus would suffer "heavy losses" if it persisted. Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed on March 5 to halt hostilities in northwestern Syria after an escalation of clashes there displaced nearly a million people and brought the two sides close to confrontation. Speaking in Istanbul after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan ...
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Damascus, Istanbul, Tayyip Erdogan, Idlib


Coronavirus puts missile showdown between Turkey and U.S. on hold

Turkey's plans to switch on its new Russian missile defence systems have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak but it does not intend to reverse a decision which has raised the threat of U.S. sanctions, a senior Turkish official said. Tensions between NATO allies Turkey and the United States over the S-400 air defence systems had looked set to reach a showdown in April, when President Tayyip Erdogan and the government had said they would be activated. In recent weeks Erdogan and his governm...
Tags: News, Turkey, United States, Nato, Erdogan, Tayyip Erdogan


What Happens Next with Syrian Refugees, Europe and Coronavirus

The question over Syrian refugees is building again for Europe with the threat of coronavirus and President Erdogan's political pressure.
Tags: Europe, News, Erdogan


Erdogan Should Break His IMF Taboo

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- It seems an age ago, but only last September Berat Albayrak was boasting about Turkey’s economic turnaround from recession. The finance minister and his boss (and father-in-law) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were predicting 5% growth for the next two years. Although the recovery was already looking shaky by the end of 2019, they might have pointed with some pride at China-like growth rates for the final quarter.But the coronavirus pandemic dashed hopes of a Bosphorus boun...
Tags: News, China, Bloomberg, Turkey, Middle East, World Health Organization, International Monetary Fund, Erdogan, Bloomberg LP, Istanbul, Imf, Tayyip Erdogan, Dickens, Bosphorus, AK Party, Albayrak


Coronavirus Has Lifted Leaders Everywhere. Don’t Expect That to Last.

Popular support for nearly every head of government has risen during this crisis. History suggests harsh reckonings as the panic eases.
Tags: News, Putin, Merkel, Erdogan, Johnson, Mark, Boris, Conte, Angela, Viktor, Rutte, Orban, Macron, Giuseppe, Kurz, Recep Tayyip


Coronavirus Updates: Erdogan Refuses Resignation of Minister Who Led Botched Lockdown in Turkey

The interior minister’s hastily announced curfew led to panic buying in Istanbul. And in an international competition for limited medical supplies, Israel has turned to its powerful spy service for an advantage.
Tags: News, Israel, Turkey, Erdogan, Johnson, Istanbul, Great Britain, Trump, Boris, Donald J, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Erdogan rejects Turkish minister's resignation after coronavirus lockdown criticism

President Tayyip Erdogan rejected the resignation on Sunday of Turkey's interior minister, who said he was stepping down in the wake of a short-notice coronavirus lockdown which sent people rushing to shops to stock up on supplies. "The incidents that occurred ahead of the implementation of the curfew were not befitting the perfect management of the outbreak," Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in statement on Twitter in which he said he was resigning. Erdogan, however, judged it was not "a...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Tayyip Erdogan, Interior, Süleyman Soylu


From Prominent Turkish Philanthropist to Political Prisoner

Acquitted in February in one trial, Osman Kavala was rearrested before he could even walk free. Now he faces indefinite jail time.
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Philanthropy, Osman, Recep Tayyip, Kavala, Prisons and Prisoners, Coups D'Etat and Attempted Coups D'Etat, Osman Kavala


Turkey Orders All Citizens to Wear Masks as Coronavirus Infections Rise

Resisting a total lockdown, Turkey has introduced gradual restrictions but sought to keep industry and construction working.
Tags: News, Turkey, Epidemics, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip, Travel and Vacations, Ankara (Turkey, Quarantines, Istanbul (Turkey, Justice and Development Party (Turkey, Curfews, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Autocrats’ Quandary: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

The world’s strongmen are reverting to their standard playbook to project an aura of control. It’s a risky strategy for a chaotic crisis.
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Russia, European Union, Hungary, Egypt, Italy, Middle East, Epidemics, United Arab Emirates, International Monetary Fund, Erdogan, Human Rights Watch, Sisi, Turkmenistan


Autocrats’ Dilemma: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

The world’s strongmen are reverting to their standard playbook to project an aura of control. It’s a risky strategy for a chaotic crisis.
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Russia, European Union, Hungary, Egypt, Italy, Middle East, Epidemics, United Arab Emirates, International Monetary Fund, Erdogan, Human Rights Watch, Sisi, Turkmenistan


Turkey imposes curfew on youth, shuts borders of 31 cities: Erdogan

Turkey imposed a partial curfew on citizens under the age of 20 effective from midnight on Friday as part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak, President Tayyip Erdogan said. Turkey also decided to shut down the borders of 31 cities, including Istanbul, for all vehicles, excluding transit passage and essential supplies such as food, medical and sanitary products, to contain the disease, Erdogan said. Turkey's death toll from the outbreak rose to 425 on Friday, while the number of confi...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Istanbul, Tayyip Erdogan, Fahrettin Koca


Coronavirus stokes tensions between Erdogan and Istanbul's mayor

The coronavirus pandemic has rekindled rivalry in Turkey between President Tayyip Erdogan and Istanbul's opposition mayor, with disputes over fundraising and a potential lockdown possibly endangering a coordinated effort to combat the outbreak. The central government in Ankara has said a money-raising campaign launched by the mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, is illegal and it has threatened to prosecute those involved. Imamoglu, seen as a possible future candidate for the presidency, launche...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Imamoglu, Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu


Turkey Widens Virus Response With Central Bank’s Bond Buying

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s central bank on Tuesday added to its emergency program to help contain the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, as the country’s number of confirmed cases surged 25% and the death toll climbed to 214.The bank introduced new measures to ease lenders’ access to credit and support liquidity in the government bond market, before the latest data showed Turkey’s caseload of Covid-19 rose to 13,531 from 10,827 from a day ago.Policy makers said they could make the bulk...
Tags: London, News, Bloomberg, Turkey, Treasury, Erdogan, Central Bank, Tayyip Erdogan, BlueBay Asset Management, Timothy Ash, Bloomberg Turkey, Credit Guarantee Fund


Pressure for Turkey lockdown grows, Erdogan vows to sustain economy

President Tayyip Erdogan is under growing pressure from unions and the opposition for a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, but insists that Turkey should "keep wheels turning" in the economy and that people continue going to work. Ankara has stopped all international flights, limited domestic travel, closed schools, bars and cafes, suspended mass prayers and sports fixtures to counter the outbreak. The authorities have not, however, ordered people to stay at home, even as the number o...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan



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