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After a little bit of resignation drama, Turkey’s heavy-handed minister is back in business

Süleyman Soylu is the best possible person to be an Interior Minister and thus he keeps his job. He is an executioner and hard-line nationalists’ man in the government. Yes, he has issues with the son-in-law but for the moment he is still needed. There was an attempt to manufacture some approval rate for him in the media and among the Aktrolls but I do not believe they can persuade others but only themselves…

Coronavirus Updates: Turkey Rejects Resignation of Minister Who Led Botched Lockdown

The interior minister’s hastily announced curfew led to panic buying in Istanbul. And in an international competition for limited medical supplies, Israel has turned to its powerful spy service for an advantage.

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Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that the party is “highly content” with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to reject Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu’s resignation.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Turkey to Release Thousands of Prisoners

The release comes amid fears of a widening outbreak, but does not include those accused of trying to foment a coup.

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February 5: Turkey’s Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry seized flights to and from China.

February 23: The Interior Ministry released a notice that they closed Turkey’s border with Iran.

Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu has announced that he has resigned from office. “The responsibility for implementing the decision of curfew for the weekend lies with me in its all aspects,” Soylu has said in his statement on Twitter.
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There are many lessons to be learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and one of them might be how the world is in desperate need of a greater number of women at the highest level of politics. In the global fight against the Coronavirus, New Zealand and

 

No pants, no problem. But cover your face.

As coronavirus cases soar past 4,700 in the Czech Republic, the Eastern European nation’s nude sunbathers are being targeted by authorities for neglecting to cover up their mouths.

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

Prague’s Old Town Square, devoid of tourists amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Screencap of video by Lukas/Youtube.

Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19.

We often associate the sight of an empty city with science fiction.

Movies such as The Omega Man (1971), I am Legend (2007), and many others come to mind. They all feature memorable shots of their protagonists walking through deserted streets in post-apocalyptic cities whose bustling life had been decimated by a pandemic, a zombie apocalypse, or an alien invasion.

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