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Here’s the latest for Tuesday October 20th: DOJ sues Google on antitrust concerns; Turkish troops withdraw from Syria; Pope Francis conducts mass in mask; Israel uncovers militant tunnel in Gaza Strip.

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Turkish Cypriots celebrate after Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar win | AFP

Supporters of right-wing Turkish nationalist Ersin Tatar celebrate his win in the presidential election in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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Turkish Cypriots celebrate after Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar win | AFP

Supporters of right-wing Turkish nationalist Ersin Tatar celebrate his win in the presidential election in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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Erdogan denies pro-Turkey Syrians joining fight in Nagorno-Karabakh | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denies the claims that Turkey sent Syrian fighters in support of its ally Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.

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A year on, Syria Kurds displaced by Turkey long for home | AFP

The five-month-old baby girl of Wadha Sheikhmous has only lived in a tent because Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies captured her family’s hometown in northern Syria from Kurdish forces a year ago. She was a born in a dusty camp crowded with Kurdish civilians who fled their towns and villages when Ankara’s October 2019 offensive seized a 120-kilometre (70-mile) long strip of land on the Syrian side of its southern border.

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Protest to support Armenia and Karabakh in front of the Turkish embassy in Paris | AFP

Several hundred people demonstrate in front of the Turkish Embassy in Paris to support Armenia and Karabakh amid the territorial conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh.

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Cyprus: Visitors in Varosha for the first time since 1974 | AFP

Northern Cyprus reopens the coastal area of Varosha. The suburb of Famagusta has been sealed off since 1974 after the Turkish invasion of that year, launched in response to a Greek Cypriot coup seeking to annex the whole island to Greece.

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European rights chief meets Turkish president Erdogan | AFP

Robert Spano, president of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a controversial visit to Turkey. The ECHR ranked Turkey second after Russia on its list of human rights violations recorded in 2019, lodging 113 offences in Turkey and 198 in Russia.

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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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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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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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