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Review: Elliot Ackerman’s latest is a tense tale from Turkey

May. 26, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

“Red Dress in Black & White,” by Elliot Ackerman (Alfred A. Knopf) If you know your Bosphorus from phosphorus and Gezi Park means something to you, you’ll probably love Elliot Ackerman’s new novel. If the strait that separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey and the 2013...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 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: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

In this photo provided by the Turkish Presidency, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe via video link, during the inauguration ceremony for Basaksehir Pine and Sakura City Hospital, in Istanbul, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Abe has called for international cooperation against the new coronavirus, saying any drug or vaccine developed against the virus must be made

Turkey sees drop in daily coronavirus infections

May. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday reported its lowest daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the past two months, with 961 new infections in the past 24 hours. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also reported 27 more deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections in the country...

In this Friday, May 15, 2020 photo, Dr. Melek Nur Aslan, left, the local health director for Fatih, a large district in the historic peninsula of Istanbul briefs a team of contact tracers with Turkey's Health Ministry's coronavirus contact tracing team, clad in white protective gear, masks and face shields. Teams of contact tracers in Istanbul, the epicenter of the pandemic in Turkey and its most populous city, and also nationwide, are going house to house to test people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and inform patients on isolation.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey's pandemic strategy hinges on hazmat-suited gumshoes

May. 20, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — They see themselves as public health detectives, working 24/7 to track the coronavirus' insidious spread through a country of 83 million, blending door-to-door hoof work with mobile apps, CCTV footage and, if needed, police backup. Instead of global coronavirus testing, Turkey has based its...

A man wipes the face of a Turkish soldier wearing a face mask for protection against the new coronavirus, before a ceremony at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. This year's limited ceremony is marking the 101st anniversary of the start of Turkey's War of Independence under the leadership of the young Ottoman army general. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey reports downward trend in virus deaths, infections

May. 19, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey reported a continued downward trajectory in COVID-19 deaths and confirmed infections Tuesday, with 28 new deaths and 1,022 infections over the past 24 hours. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted new figures showing a total of 4,199 deaths and 151,615 reported positive cases since...

People wearing face masks for protection against coronavirus, walk in popular Tunali Hilmi Street during a four-day curfew declared by the government in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Turkey's senior citizens were allowed to leave their homes for a second time as the country continues to ease some coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey's president declares nationwide Eid al-Fitr lockdown

May. 18, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has announced a new four-day curfew during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr to be applied across the country to stem the spread of COVID-19. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped the restrictions would no longer be needed...

Sevim Kocak, 79, wearing a face mask for protection against coronavirus, walks along the city's main Ataturk Boulevard during a four-day curfew declared by the government in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Turkey's senior citizens were allowed to leave their homes for a second time as the country continues to ease some coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey's senior citizens allowed out for second Sunday

May. 17, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s senior citizens were allowed to leave their homes for a second Sunday as the country continues to ease some coronavirus restrictions. People above 65 —the age group most at risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms— could spend six hours outside on Sunday,...

A child plays on a grid in the San Agustin neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 16, 2020. President Nicolas Maduro is relaxing quarantine measures over the weekend by allowing children and older adults out of their homes for a few hours each day. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The Latest: South Korea reports 13 new virus cases

May. 17, 2020 12:13 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: — California resident who attended church on Mother's Day...

People walk on Istiklal street, the main shopping street in Istanbul, a few hours before the weekend lockdown due to the coronavirus, 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/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey registers 41 new deaths, lowest since end of March

May. 16, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s health ministry says 41 more people have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 4,096. The death rate is the lowest registered since the end of March. Minister Fahrettin Koca also tweeted Saturday that 1,610 new infections were confirmed, which...

Turkish pilots, others, to stand trial over Ghosn escape

May. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday accepted an indictment against four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants accused of helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon via Turkey, and set a trial date for July 3. Prosecutors are seeking up...