News archive of April 2020

Energy Exchange hits record in spot gas trade

Turkey's Energy Exchange Istanbul (EXIST) trade volume in spot natural gas market hit Monday a record high for 2020, EXIST data showed on March 31.

Spotify says isolation ups interest in ‘chill’ music

People spending more time cooped up in their homes to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have changed their daily soundtracks, with many opting for more "chill" music, streaming service Spotify said March 30.

But they also noted a surge in the streaming of the old hit by The Police: "Don't Stand So Close To Me."

Greek flag at half mast in honor of Glezos

The Greek flag on the Acropolis is flying at half mast in honor of World War II resistance hero Manolis Glezos who is to be buried Wednesday.
In a post on social media Tuesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the gesture was a tribute to a "great Greek."

Glezos died of heart failure at a central Athens hospital Monday. He was 97.

Turkey sends coronavirus aid to Italy, Spain

A Turkish military aircraft carrying medical aid departed from the capital Ankara for Italy and Spain, the countries worst hit by the novel coronavirus in Europe.

Assad regime says Israel targeted Homs

The Syrian regime on March 31 claimed that Israeli fighter jets carried missile strikes in Homs province.

The SANA news agency affiliated with the Assad regime said: "At 20:25 of March 31, the Israeli warplanes launched a number of missiles, from over Lebanon, into the direction of eastern Homs.

Akbank Jazz Fest continues at home

Akbank Sanat's culture and art events meet art lovers through social media channels within the scope of the measures taken for the new type of coronavirus epidemic.

In this context, "Year-round Jazz" programs and "Jazz State at Home" concerts organized within the "30th Akbank Jazz Festival" are now being presented to the audience.

Turkish hospital opens in Gaza Strip

The Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital in Gaza began operating as part of efforts to curb the novel coronavirus, Palestine's government said March 31.

Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhim said President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart,

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, agreed during a telephone call to start operations at the hospital.

Treasury to repay over $13B debt in April-June

Turkey's Treasury will repay debts worth 86.5 billion Turkish liras (some $13.1 billion) in the April-June period, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on March 31.

The Treasury will repay 35.1 billion Turkish liras ($5.3 billion) in external debts, including 6.8 billion Turkish liras ($1.03 billion) in interest payments.

New transport minister takes oath in parliament

Turkey's new Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu on March 31 took oath in the parliament.

His predecessor Mehmet Cahit Turhan was dismissed on March 25.

Karaismailoğlu, born in 1969, was the deputy minister of transport and infrastructure.

He graduated from Karadeniz Technical University's mechanical engineering department.

Roma: Europe’s Neglected Coronavirus Victims

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Don't Leave Roma Out of EU Enlargement Talks

Roma Face Brunt of Western Balkans Demographic Crisis

From the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia to Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo and Serbia, Roma are often confined to overcrowded neighbourhoods with limited access to infrastructure including clean water and sewage.