Geography of Asia

Turks under 14 venture out for four hours as virus rules ease

Turkey's juniors got their first chance to venture outside on May 13 after weeks of partial curfew, under relaxed coronavirus restrictions.

According to an Interior Ministry circular sent to governor's offices across Turkey, people aged 14 and under were granted the chance to go outside on May 13 between 11.00 a.m. and 15.00 p.m. local time.

Two Turkish lawyers sue China for alleged negligence in fight against coronavirus

Two lawyers from the capital Ankara have filed a lawsuit case against China, where COVID-19 first emerged, over "lost profit" damages on the allegation that the contagiousness of the virus was not made public initially and the country was hiding data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Virus shows weakness of global order: Turkish aide

The novel coronavirus outbreak has revealed how weak the immune system of the global order is, Turkey's presidential spokesperson said on May 12. 

"The global system has been locked for around two to two-and-a-half months. We have seen once again how the global order is disabled with many great weaknesses," İbrahim Kalın told a program broadcast on YouTube.

Ankara slams EastMed declaration branding Turkish drilling ‘illegal’

A declaration signed on Monday by the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates denouncing "ongoing Turkish illegal activities" in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) "is a case in point of the hypocrisy of a group of countries who are seeking regional chaos and instability," Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hami Aksoy, said on Monday.

Turkey's Wealth Fund to raise state lenders' core capital

The Turkish Wealth Fund (TWF) announced late on May 11 that it will raise the core capital of three state lenders.

"To strengthen capital structures and support the adequacy of Ziraat Bank, Halkbank and VakıfBank, we have launched the necessary works to raise core capitals by a total of 21 billion Turkish liras [some $3 billion]," the TWF said in a statement.