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Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece with Joint Tourist Packages?

Turkey is keen on increasing its tourist flow through joint tourist packages with Bulgaria and Greece when the land and sea borders fully reopen.    This was announced by Turkey's Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy at a meeting with businessmen in Izmir.

Libya escalation puts Athens on high diplomatic alert

Athens on Friday remained on increased diplomatic alert following recent developments in Libya where Turkey appears to be consolidating its presence and taking on a kingmaker role after halting Khalifa Haftar's forces which are waging a battle in the west of the country against the Tripoli-based government.

Nearly $300 mln raised for Turkey’s COVID-19 fight

More than 2 billion Turkish liras have been collected so far under Turkey's National Solidarity Campaign to aid the fight against COVID-19, a government official said on May 23. 

Coronavirus: The Current Situatuation in the World

New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America - both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. The virus hit a reopened church in Germany and possibly a restaurant, too.

High-speed train services set to resume after virus pause

The high-speed train services will resume in Turkey as of May 28 after they have been suspended as part of coronavirus precautions, a government official said on May 23. 

In a written statement, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said the train services suspended on March 28 will resume in four routes with 16 services in a day.

Super Lig club reports 2 coronavirus cases

Turkish Super Lig club BtcTurk Yeni Malatyaspor said on May 22 that two people, including a football player, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Malatyaspor said on Twitter that a player and a club personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

The club added that the two are being treated.

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Turkey repatriates nationals from S Africa, Mozambique

Turkey on May 22 repatriated 84 of its nationals who were stranded for weeks in South Africa and Mozambique after countries closed borders to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Turkey launches package to protect exporters amid virus

Turkey has launched a financial support package to cushion exporters from the impact of coronavirus, Ruhsar Pekcan, the trade minister, announced on May 22. 

The package, called the Stock Financing Support Package, came into use through Turk Eximbank, according to a press release issued by the Trade Ministry.

Ankara to prepare foreign direct investment strategy

Turkey on May 22 announced plans for a foreign direct investment strategy aiming to benefit from the conditions following the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Technology and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank told businesses in a virtual conference that as power balances shifted, the world would likely transition from a unipolar order to a multipolar one.

Coronavirus brought EU, Turkey closer: Deputy FM

The European Union and Turkey got closer during the fight against novel coronavirus, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, a senior Turkish official said on May 22. 

23 more eco-friendly Turkish beaches get Blue Flag award

With a delayed tourist season on the horizon, Turkey boasts the third-highest number of beaches worldwide with the eco-friendly Blue Flag certification, according to the group handing out the honor.

Turkish crew returning home after 2-months at sea

Fifteen Turkish crew members from a cruise ship headed home on May 22 from Barcelona, Spain after spending 65 days at sea during a coronavirus quarantine.

The group working on a ship affiliated with a large U.S.-based company was forced into quarantine after cruise ships stopped operations.

Turkish envoy slams US senators for Uyghurs comments

Turkey's Ambassador to U.S., Serdar Kılıç, hit back on May 22 at two American senators for comments regarding Ankara's treatment of Uyghurs.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Jim Risch, shared a news report on Twitter that claimed Ankara reversed some of its support for Uyghurs and Turkish police are questioning refugees fleeing China's crackdown.

Turkish Central Bank boosts swap auction limit

The Turkish Central Bank on May 22 boosted its lira swap sale limits from 40% to 50%, according to banking sources.

The bank increased the limit of the swap auctions in the Turkish Lira Swap Market for Foreign Exchange, as per a directive it sent to lenders.

Thus, the banks' flexibility in Turkish lira and foreign currency liquidity management will have further increased.

Erdoğan speaks with Qatari, Iraqi leaders over phone

Turkish president held separate phone calls with Iraqi and Qatari leaders to discuss cooperation in combating the novel
coronavirus outbreak, the Communications Directorate said on May 22.