Dolphins swim in the Bosphorus as virus silences Istanbul | AFP

A lull in boat traffic and a ban on fishing in Istanbul forced by the coronavirus has proved good news for some of the city’s longest-standing and most-loved inhabitants — the dolphins that swim in the fish-rich waters of the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia, and that are becoming easier to spot. The city of 16 million has been under lockdown since Thursday as part of government measures to stem the spread of the virus.

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Turkish mosque turned into temporary ‘supermarket’ for vulnerable | AFP

Closed to mass prayers to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Dedeman mosque in Istanbul’s Sariyer district has opened up a “supermarket” where people in need can come to take food and cleaning supplies for free.

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Coronavirus: Istanbul almost deserted as country begins weekend curfew | AFP

One of the busiest commercial streets in Istanbul, Istiklal Avenue, is deserted as a curfew is imposed in 31 cities in the country. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Empty Taksim Square in Istanbul | AFP

Taksim Square, considered the heart of modern Istanbul, is empty as Turkey bans its citizens from leaving home for 48 hours to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city of about 15 million people, has emerged as the country’s virus epicentre with more than 60 percent of the nationwide cases. Turkey has registered more than 47,000 COVID-19 cases — ranking it among the 10 most infected countries in the world and has recorded over a thousand deaths. IMAGES

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Migrants, security forces near Turkey-Greece border amid surge of migrants | AFP

Around 2,000 people including women and children arrived at the Turkish border this morning from Istanbul and walked through a field towards the Pazarkule border gate, an AFP correspondent said. The group included Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis. Thousands who were already at the border had spent the night in very cold temperatures and lit fires to warm themselves up, the correspondent added. Greece says it has blocked nearly 10,000 migrants trying to enter from the Turkey border over the past 24 hours. 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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Scene of Turkish plane after it skidded off Istanbul runway killing three | AFP

Scenes of a crashed airplane the day after it skidded off a runway at an Istanbul airport, caught fire and split into three after landing in rough weather, killing three and injuring 179. IMAGES of

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Turkey plane skids off runway at airport | AFP

One person died and 157 were injured when a plane carrying 177 people skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport, caught fire and split into three after landing in rough weather on Wednesday.

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Turkey: plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into three | AFP

A plane carrying 177 people skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport, caught fire and split into three after landing in rough weather on Wednesday. Officials said that no-one had lost their lives in the spectacular accident, but dozens of people were injured.

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Merkel and Erdogan inaugurate Turkish-German university in Istanbul | AFP

German Chancelor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan give speeches at the inauguration of a Turkish-German university in Istanbul. IMAGES

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Putin, Erdogan, Vucic and Borisov inaugurate Turkstream pipeline | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgarian Prime minister Boyko Borisov inaugurate in Istanbul the opening of the TurkStream pipeline, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. IMAGES

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Putin and Erdogan attend Turkstream inauguration ceremony | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend in Istanbul the inauguration ceremony of the opening of the TurkStream pipeline, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgarian Prime minister Boyko Borisov also attend the ceremony. IMAGES

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Istanbul’s Jews fight to save the language of their ancestors | AFP

Members of Istanbul’s small Jewish community are fighting to save the language of their ancestors who were expelled from Spain in the 15th century: Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, which is made up of old Castilian and several languages spoken under the Ottoman Empire. However, Ladino is now only spoken by a few thousand people in Turkey.

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China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children in Turkey | AFP

At a school on the outskirts of Istanbul, Uighur children take classes before and after their regular school and try to keep their culture and language alive. China believes its persecution can eradicate the sense of Uighur identity, yet this may be breeding another generation of anger and bitterness.

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‘Horses are dying’: activists demand end to Istanbul island rides | AFP

It’s one of the classic excursions in Istanbul: a boat journey to one of the car-free Princes’ Islands followed by a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. But the carriage rides have become increasingly controversial in recent years as activists sound the alarm over the welfare of the horses.

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Chilean feminist anthem against rape echoes in Istanbul | AFP

Around one hundred people perfom the choreography of a Chilean feminist collective, entitled “The rapist is you!”, which has become a global anthem against violence against women.

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