Istanbul police enforce mask wearing as COVID-19 cases rise | AFP

The Turkish authorities are stepping up checks on the wearing of protective masks in Istanbul. Police officers have carried out operations in several places, including the famous Istiklal Avenue.

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Turkey: People pray outside Hagia Sophia for Eid al-Adha | AFP

People pray outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on the holy muslim day of Eid al-Adha – the first time it has taken place since the iconic building was reconverted to a mosque earlier this month. +COMPLETES VIDI1W221L_EN+

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People gather outside Hagia Sophia for Eid al-Adha | AFP

People gather outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on the holy muslim day of Eid al-Adha – the first time it has taken place since the iconic building was reconverted to a mosque earlier this month.

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First Islamic prayers held in Turkey’s Hagia Sophia since mosque reconversion | AFP

Thousands of people pray outside the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in what is the first Musmlim prayers since the controversial reconversion of the iconic cathedral into a mosque. of first prayers outside Hagia Sophia

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Crowds gather at Hagia Sophia for first Friday prayer since mosque reconversion | AFP

Crowds gather outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia for the first Friday prayer since the controversial reconversion of the landmark into a mosque.

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Turkish President Erdogan arrives at Hagia Sofia for Friday prayer | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia since the Istanbul landmark was reconverted to a mosque despite international condemnation.

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ONLY ON AP: Elpidophoros, US leaders discuss Hagia Sophia

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America held a meeting with U.S. political leaders in Washington on Thursday to discuss concerns over the seizure and re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque. (July 23)

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Celebrations in Istanbul as court opens way for Hagia Sophia to be turned back into a mosque | AFP

In Istanbul, people celebrate the decision of a top Turkish court to revoke the sixth-century Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum, clearing the way for the Istanbul landmark to be turned back into a mosque in a move backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Celebrations as Turkey announces iconic Hagia Sophia will be reopened as mosque | AFP

People celebrate outside Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that it would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury in the Christian community and neighbouring Greece. IMAGES

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Khashoggi murder trial begins in Turkey in absentia | AFP

The trial in absentia of 20 Saudi suspects accused of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, including two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, begins in Istanbul.

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Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Khashoggi murder begins in absentia | AFP

The trial in absentia of 20 Saudi suspects accused of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, including two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, begins in Istanbul. IMAGES

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Mannequins help enforce social distancing in Istanbul | AFP

A Turkish restaurant chain has set up mannequins on every other table in its different branches to enforce social distancing. Some lockdown measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, such as the closure of restaurants and cafes, were lifted this week.

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Istanbul Grand Bazaar reopens following coronavirus closure | AFP

Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar reopens following coronavirus lockdown, along with restaurants and cafes. Many other facilities including parks, beaches, libraries and museums also reopened across the country, while millions of public sector employees returned to work. IMAGES

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Istanbul’s Fatih mosque holds first mass prayer since mid-march | AFP

Friday prayer resumes in Istanbul’s Fatih Mosque as Turkey continues to ease its lockdown by partially reopening its places of worship. Several mosques across the country are holding collective Friday prayers for the first time since mid-March. IMAGES

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Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen | AFP

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is set to reopen on Monday for the first time in two months after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say it has been the longest closure in the bazaar’s more than 550-year-old history, except for forced shutdowns following fires and earthquakes.

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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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