Ankara municipality distributes aid amidst Erdogan controversy | AFP

The Mayor of Ankara Mansur Yavas urges wealthier residents to help poorer citizens during the coronavirus pandemic by paying off their debts to grocers.

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Coronavirus: Young Liberians make African print masks for protection | AFP

With only three confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Liberia, young people are getting creative in finding means to fight the pandemic among the local population. A young Liberian woman starts making the African version of the face mask using Ankara fabrics to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan start talks in Moscow on Syria | AFP

The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow after a surge in fighting in Syria raised fears of their armies clashing and launched a new migrant crisis. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is looking for Putin to agree to a rapid ceasefire in Idlib, the northwestern province of Syria where Ankara is battling Moscow-backed regime forces. IMAGES

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Those seeking to test EU unity ‘will be disappointed’: von der Leyen | AFP

“Those who seek to test Europe’s unity will be disappointed. We will hold the line and our unity will prevail,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says after visiting the border area with the Greek prime minister and chiefs of the European Council and European Parliament. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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EU will provide Greece ‘all the support needed’ in migrant crisis: von der Leyen | AFP

The European Union will provide Greece “all the necessary operational support” to help tackle the migration surge from neighbouring Turkey, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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Greece: a boat loaded with migrants arrives on Lesbos island | AFP

A boat loaded with migrants arrives on the coast of Lesbos after Turkish officials say Ankara will no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe. Thousands of migrants have flooded to Turkey’s border with Greece in a bid to enter the EU after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to open its frontier to Europe as tensions mount over its deepening conflict in Syria. IMAGES

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Migrants continue to arrive on Lesbos island | AFP

Migrants continue to arrive on Lesbos, despite the bad weather, after Turkish officials said Ankara would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe.

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Turkey: Tear gas fired to push migrants away from Greece border | AFP

Tear gas appears to be fired from the Greek side to push migrants away from the border, as hundreds are blocked at the Turkish border with Greece. They now hope they can cross into the EU member state after Ankara said it would no longer prevent refugees from crossing into Europe following the death of 33 Turkish troops in northern Syria. IMAGES

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Greece blocks migrants on border with Turkey | AFP

Hundreds of migrants who are blocked at the Turkish border with Greece now hope they can cross into the EU member state after Ankara said it will no longer keep its door closed to refugees who want to enter Europe. IMAGES

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Migrants rush to get buses in Istanbul heading for Greek border (2) | AFP

Dozens of migrants flock to buses in Istanbul to reach the Greek border after Turkish officials announced that Ankara would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe.

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Migrants rush to get buses in Istanbul heading for Greek border | AFP

Dozens of migrants flock to buses in Istanbul to reach the Greek border after a senior Turkish official Turkish officials announced that Ankara would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe. IMAGES

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Migrants arrive on Lesbos Island from Turkey | AFP

Migrants arrive on Lesbos Island from Turkey, after Turkish officials said Ankara would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe. IMAGES

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Turkish mother fights to free cadet son from life sentence | AFP

Wearing a multi-coloured headscarf and a long coat to guard against the bitter Ankara frost, Turkish mother Melek Cetinkaya would not usually catch the police’s attention. But when she dons her vest calling for justice for her imprisoned son and demands the public’s support, she is swiftly detained. Her son, Furkan Cetinkaya, is a 19-year-old Turkish military cadet who was given a life sentence for coup involvement.

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Turkey’s Defence Minister visits troops at border with Syria after deadly flare-up | AFP

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar arrives in Turkey’s Hatay province, on the border with Syria, to meet with troops after Turkish and Syrian troops traded deadly fire in Syria’s northwest on Monday, further raising tension between Ankara and regime backer Moscow over the war-torn Idlib rebel enclave. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Evacuees disembark Turkish cargo plane in Ankara | AFP

42 people with 32 Turkish citizens, along with citizens of Azerbaijan, Albania, and Georgia disembark a Turkish military cargo plane in Ankara after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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EU top diplomat condemns Turkey ‘interference’ in Libya | AFP

The EU’s diplomatic chief condemns Turkish “interference” in Libya after Ankara sent troops to support the UN-backed Tripoli government, warning this complicates the crisis in the oil-rich state. SOUNDBITE

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Greece, Israel and Cyprus sign EastMed pipeline agreement in Athens | AFP

Greece, Cyprus and Israel sign an agreement for a huge pipeline project designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. The move comes amid tensions with Turkey over its own activities in the area and a contentious maritime deal with Libya expanding Ankara’s claims over a large gas-rich area of the sea. IMAGES

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