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Turkey detains pro-Kurdish mayors, removes them from office

May. 15, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Friday detained four more elected mayors from Turkey’s mainly Kurdish populated east and southeast regions, as the government pressed ahead with its crackdown on a pro-Kurdish party it accuses of links to Kurdish militants. The mayors from the People's...

Turkish teenagers sit in popular Kugulu public garden amid the new coronavirus, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May 15, 2020. Teenagers were able to leave their homes for the first time in 42 days on Friday, as their turn came for a few hours of respite from Turkey's coronavirus lockdowns. Turkey has subjected people aged 65 and over and those younger than 20, to a curfew for the past several weeks.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkish teenagers get very brief respite from virus lockdown

May. 15, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish teenagers were allowed to briefly leave their homes for the first time in 42 days on Friday, as their turn came for a few hours of respite — but just for one day — from coronavirus lockdowns. Turks aged 65 and over, and under 20, have been subjected to a curfew...

The Latest: China’s foreign minister lashes out

May. 15, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — China’s foreign minister lashes out and says...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

Children wearing face masks for protection against the coronavirus, play on swings in Kugulu public garden, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Parks filled with the sound of children as Turkey allowed those aged 14 and under to leave homes for the first time in 40 days. The country's youngest population were allowed to venture out for four hours between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Wednesday as Turkey eased some restrictions in place to fight to coronavirus outbreak.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Children let out to play as Turkey mulls tests for tourists

May. 13, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parks filled with the sound of children Wednesday as the government allowed people ages 14 and under to leave home for the first time in 40 days. As the Turkish government continues to loosen some of its coronavirus restrictions, the country's youngest residents may now...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, listens during a teleconference with his cabinet in Istanbul, Monday, May 11, 2020. Erdogan announced a new four-day curfew to stem infections, that includes the weekend and a public holiday on May 19. The country has opted to impose short weekend curfews, instead of full lockdowns, fearing their possible negative effects on the already troubled economy.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey accuses five nations of forming 'alliance of evil'

May. 12, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an “alliance of evil” after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara’s policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya. In a strongly-worded...

A security official wearing a face mask for protection against the coronavirus, checks a customer's temperature at entry of popular Karum shopping mall, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, May 11, 2020. Shopping malls, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty salons have reopened for business across Turkey for the first time in seven weeks as the country gradually eases restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Malls, barber shops and beauty salons reopen across Turkey

May. 11, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Lines formed outside of shopping malls Monday in Turkey as they opened for the first time in seven weeks, albeit with strict hygiene requirements. Barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons also were back in business as the Turkish government gradually eases the restrictions on public...

An elderly woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, holds flowers she have received on the Mother's Day in a public garden during a two-day curfew declared by the government in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Only senior people over 65 have been allowed to go out for four hours on Sunday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turks over 65 venture out for 4 hours as virus rules ease

May. 10, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s senior citizens got their first chance to venture outside in seven weeks Sunday under relaxed coronavirus restrictions. People aged 65 and over — the age group most at risk from the virus — were subjected to a stay-at-home curfew on March 21. As part of a...

2nd member of Turkish left-wing band dies of hunger strike

May. 7, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A second member of a left-wing popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey has died of a hunger strike in protest of the government’s crackdown on the band, the group said Thursday on its Twitter account. Grup Yorum said bass guitarist Ibrahim Gokcek, 41, died in a...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stands during an event to mark Turkey's National Sovereignty and Children's Day, in Istanbul, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Turkey celebrates National Sovereignty and Children's Day on the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Turkey's parliament and Turks are marking their first national holiday under lockdown amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey announces plan to ease virus restrictions

May. 4, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Monday what he called a “normalization plan” to gradually ease restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic as the death rate falls, but warned of tougher measures to come should the number of infections rebound....