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SpaceX rocket successfully takes off on historic flight

ANKARA/WASHINGTON SpaceX, the private rocket company of entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two US NASA astronauts toward orbit from the state of Florida on Saturday in a historic mission. SpaceX's Falcon 9...

Turkish health tourism reopens to patients worldwide

ANKARA  Following its success against the coronavirus outbreak, Turkey is now accepting health tourism patients from countries worldwide. After accepting patients from 31 countries, Turkey’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that people...

Turkey assures 70 countries of its tourism safety

ANKARA Turkey started to carry out telephone diplomacy with 70 countries to inform them about the country’s health infrastructure over the pandemic, the culture and tourism minister said Sunday. Turkey in...

Turkish hotels get ready for tourism season amid virus

ANTALYA, Turkey  Hotels in Turkey's Mediterranean resort city of Antalya are getting prepared for the tourism season with the normalization period over the pandemic. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week...

Qatar Airways offers 100,000 medical staff free tickets

DOHA Qatar Airways announced Monday that it will give away 100,000 free tickets to healthcare professionals worldwide as a way of thanking them for “their heroic work looking after people...

Turkey removes 3 foreign banks' FX transactions ban

ISTANBUL Turkey on Monday removed foreign exchange transactions bans with Turkish lira for three foreign banks -- BNP Paribas, Citibank, and UBS. After banks fulfilled their Turkish lira commitments, the restrictions...

Turkey's great success: Producing ventilators in 2 weeks amid pandemic

ISTANBUL Turkey, just in two weeks, achieved to start mass production of mechanical ventilators which are critical in treating the novel coronavirus, while the whole world is looking for these...

Turkey's Central Bank cuts interest rates 100 bps

ANKARA The Central Bank of Turkey on Wednesday reduced its one-week repo rate 100 basis points. The bank's policy rate -- also known as the one-week repo rate -- fell to...

Turkish Airlines halts domestic flights till April 20

ANKARA Turkish Airlines on Friday announced that due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak, it will suspend all domestic service until April 20.  On the heels of earlier flight suspensions due to...

Dow closes in bear territory, first since 2008 crisis

WASHINGTON  U.S. markets closed sharply down again with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 1,300 points Wednesday, off 20% from highs set a month ago, the first such drop since...

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'Emerging markets won't suffer from current account deficits post-COVID'

ANKARA Imports have already surpassed pre-crisis levels in all major emerging markets but most trade deficits have not expanded due to booming exports, according to...

Thousands protest in Madrid against pardoning jailed Catalan leaders

OVIEDO, Spain Around 25,000 people poured into the streets of Madrid on Sunday to protest the Spanish government’s impending move to pardon several jailed Catalan...

Accused terrorist nabbed while trying to enter Turkey

ANKARA  A terrorist wanted with a red notice was among a dozen people arrested while trying to enter Turkey, said the National Defense Ministry on...

Mortar kills 5 civilians in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan A mortar shell fired by Taliban hit a residence in Afghanistan’s Lagman province killed five civilians, according to Afghan Army.The 201st Selab Corps...

UAE, Rwanda ban flights from Uganda due to rise in COVID-19 cases

KAMPALA, Uganda The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Rwanda have banned with immediate effect all flights from Uganda due to reports of rising COVID-19 cases...