News archive of April 2020

Volunteers organize online chess tournament amid lockdown

Three Turkish volunteer organizers decided to organize an online chess tournament amid coronavirus lockdown.

Seçkin Serpil, a member of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), international chess player Handenur Sahin and FIDE trainer Ali Polatel organized an online chess tournament in Turkey, and they already plan another one at an international level.

Europe's central bank to adopt 'wait and see policy'

The European Central Bank (ECB) is not expected to take additional measures and could implement a "wait-and-see" policy amid the coronavirus crisis, according to economists.

Turkey launches digital market for agriculture

Turkey on April 29 set up a digital ecosystem for the agriculture sector to establish a direct link between the cultivator and the consumer.

Germany bans Hezbollah’s political wing

Germany has banned Hezbollah entirely, the Interior Ministry announced on April 30.
Interior Ministry spokesman Steve Alter described Hezbollah a "Shia terrorist organization" in a statement he posted on Twitter, and said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has ordered a ban Thursday on the activities of the group in Germany.

Coronavirus deaths top 224,000 worldwide

More than 224,000 people around the world have lost their lives from the novel coronavirus as of April 29, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The university's study found 224,562 fatalities caused by COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, as well as more than 3.16 million infections.

Libyan warlord declares ceasefire during Ramadan

Forces loyal to Libya's renegade commander Khalifa Haftar on April 30 announced a unilateral ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ahmed Al-Mismari, a spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), said all military operations have been paused during the Muslim fasting month.

Ottoman WWI victory marked

Turkey on April 29 commemorated the 104th anniversary of the historic Ottoman military victory over British forces during World War I.