Twenty years after a deadly earthquake, Istanbul “not ready” for the “Big One” | AFP

Twenty years after a devastating earthquake ravaged the northwest of Turkey, Istanbulites live with the knowledge that another “Big One” is unavoidable, and that their city of 16 million is not prepared. On Saturday, Turkey will mark the anniversary of the 7.4-magnitude quake that hit Izmit — around 100 kilometres east of Istanbul — on August 17, 1999, leaving at least 17,400 people dead, including 1,000 within the economic capital of the country.

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Deported from Turkey, Syrians return to unfamiliar country | AFP

Still reeling from his sudden deportation from Turkey after years of exile with just the clothes on his back, Mohammad Hassan stands at a border crossing in northern Syria unsure what to do next; unable to return to his home city Aleppo under regime control.

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US forces patrol Syria’s northeast close to Turkish border | AFP

Armoured vehicles carrying US forces patrol the city of Ras al-Ain and its surroundings in Syria’s Hasakeh province bordering with Turkey. Damascus said Friday it would reject any agreement between Turkey and the US to establish a “security zone” in northern Syria as tantamount to a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

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US kicking ally Turkey out of fighter program

In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. (July 17)

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Pentagon: Turkey’s S-400 purchase inconsistent with commitments to NATO | AFP

“Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 is inconsistent with its commitments to NATO, and will have detrimental impact on Turkish interoperability with the alliance” says Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ellen M. Lord. SOUNDBITE

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US confirms Turkey blocked from F-35 program after Russian missile purchase | AFP

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ellen M. Lord, confirms that Turkey will no longer be permitted to join in NATO’s F-35 fighter program after it purchased a Russian missile defense system. SOUNDBITE

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