Category: News – Turkey

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Nine killed on Gaziantep coronavirus ward after oxygen machine explodes

Nine patients have died following an explosion and fire on an intensive care ward treating coronavirus patients in southeast Turkey. The fire was triggered by an oxygen ventilator exploding at the SANKO University Hospital in Gaziantep. Eight of the nine victims, whose ages were between 65-85 years old, have been named: Okkaş Akbulut, Elif Akgül, […]

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Rapper Ezhel is Spotify’s most streamed Turkish artist of 2020

This week, music streaming service Spotify released its annual “Wrapped” statistics, providing data about the listening habits of 2020 for individual users, countries, and the platform as a whole. In Turkey, rap, pop and indie music were the most popular genres for streaming in 2020, with Ezhel topping the charts as the most listened to […]

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Turkey tops Europe’s Covid-19 table after Health Minister shamed into telling real number of cases

Debates have been raging for weeks in Turkey about the extent of coronavirus infections and deaths, with the government resisting announcing the actual numbers. In September, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca was forced to admit that the daily statistics released were not the total number of infections, but for patients showing symptoms. The confession that the […]

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Turkish parliament approves peace-keeping force deployment to Nagorno-Karabakh 

Turkey’s parliament has approved a motion that allows Turkish troops to be deployed in Azerbaijan for the next 12 months. The troops will join Russian forces as observers in Nagorno-Karabakh, helping to uphold the peace deal brokered by Russia and signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan on 10 November. The motion [‘tezkere’], submitted to Parliament on […]

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Turkey accused of “policy of impunity” after police officer acquitted in killing of student Kemal Kurkut

A court in Diyarbakır has found a police officer not guilty of killing Kemal Kurkurt, a young man shot dead during the Nevruz celebrations in 2017. The Diyarbakır Seventh Heavy Penal Court acquitted the policeman, identified only by his initials Y.Ş., despite overwhelming evidence disputing the officer’s defence that he and his colleagues were trying […]

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Lewis Hamilton triumphs in Turkish Grand Prix to take historic 7th world title

Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix lived up to all expectations. A thrilling race fought in wet, difficult conditions that saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton come from sixth on the grid to win and claim the seventh World Drivers’ title of his career. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completed the podium. Valtteri Bottas – the […]