Turkey’s Hagia Sophia holds first Eid al-Adha prayer after reconverted to mosque | AFP

Thousands pray outside Hagia Sophia on the first day of the Muslim holiday 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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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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Turkey: Disinfection operation at Hagia Sophia after prayers | AFP

Disinfection operations are carried out at Turkey’s Hagia Sophia to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The UNESCO World Heritage site was originally the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral before its conversion into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It was ordered to be turned into a museum in 1934 but Turkey’s highest administrative court on July 10 said the building was registered in property deeds as a mosque, allowing Ankara to change its status once more.

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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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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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The mask to match the wedding dress, Turkey’s new wedding accessory | AFP

Turkey is allowing wedding ceremonies again after a months-long ban due to coronavirus. But a protective mask is now obligatory for the brides as well as for the guests. Seizing the opportunity, Turkish designers are now creating masks to go with the dresses, combining safety and fashion. from a bridal shop in IstanbulN°1UF0C7

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Emmanuel Macron denounces Turkey’s “dangerous game” in Libya | AFP

“Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya,” French President Emmanuel Macron says at a press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied at the Elysée Palace. SOUNDBITE

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Turkey begins its coronavirus antibody testing | AFP

Turkish authorities begin COVID-19 antibody tests across the country. Antibody testing will determine whether the Turkish public has gained immunity against the coronavirus. Households are randomly selected, and each tested person undergoes a nasal swab and gives blood samples.

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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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Hair salons reopen in Turkey after almost two-month closure | AFP

Hairdresser and barber shops reopen in Turkey under strict hygiene rules after almost two months. The country of 83 million is gradually moving to “new normal” in an easing of restrictions imposed by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Turkey donates virus medical supplies to US

A planeload of donated Turkish medical supplies arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for distribution to U.S. health care workers. The supplies include N95 masks, face shields, hazmat suits, and goggles. (April 28)

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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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Coronavirus: Turkey death toll exceeds 200 | AFP

Turkey registers over 200 deaths from COVID-19 as countries grapple with the outbreak of the new coronavirus which has swept the globe and claimed more than 30,000 lives. IMAGES of coffins of victims and hillside cemetery

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