Cries of joy greeted a small girl as she was pulled out of the rubble alive in Turkey’s Izmir on Tuesday, some 91 hours after an earthquake flattened parts of this coastal city. The child, whose hair was caked with dust, was immediately wrapped in a gold foil blanket and carried to an ambulance through a sea of rescue workers.
Rescue workers extricated a 70-year-old man from a collapsed building in western Turkey on Sunday, some 34 hours after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea struck Turkey and Greece, killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 900. It was the latest series of remarkable rescues after the Friday afternoon earthquake, which was centered in the Aegean northeast of the Greek island of Samos.
Turkey on Tuesday accused French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo of “cultural racism” over a front-page cartoon for its latest edition that mocks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Charlie Hebdo’s intervention came during an escalating war of words between Erdogan, Macron and other European leaders after the beheading of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty by a suspected Islamist attacker this month.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that any attack on a Turkish ship exploring for oil and gas in disputed Mediterranean waters would incur a “high price” and suggested Turkey had already acted on that warning. “We said that if you attack our Oruc Reis you will pay a high price, and they got their first answer today,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara without giving details.
Turkey’s parliament has passed a law to control social media platforms, a move human rights groups say poses a severe threat to freedom of expression. The law requires social media firms with more than a million Turkish users to set up local offices and comply with requests to remove content. If companies refuse, they face fines and may have data speeds cut.
Thousands of Turks gathered near Hagia Sophia early on Friday for the first prayers there since President Tayyip Erdogan declared the monument a mosque once again. A top Turkish court announced this month it annulled Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum. Erdogan immediately turned back into a mosque a building which was a Christian Byzantine cathedral for 900 years before being seized by Ottoman conquerors and serving as a mosque until 1934.
A series of explosions at a fireworks factory in north-west Turkey trapped more than 150 workers inside the building and left 41 people wounded, officials say. A dark plume of smoke billowed above the factory and the government’s disaster agency described the blasts as an industrial accident. Mr Kaldirim, the governor of Sakarya province, said 150-200 people had been working at the site at the time of the explosions.
Fists flew as a fight broke out between lawmakers from opposing parties in Turkey’s parliament Wednesday during a tense discussion about the country’s military involvement in northwest Syria. Dozens of legislators from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party and from the main opposition party were caught on camera pushing and punching each other. Tensions are running high following the deaths of more than 50 Turkish soldiers in Idlib in the past month.
The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week. Turkey makes more than 900 parts of the F-35, the supply chain would transition from Turkish to mainly U.S. factories as Turkish suppliers are removed.
President Trump announced the imposition of ‘large sanctions’ on Turkey on Thursday following the detainment of an American pastor accused of aiding a failed coup attempt in 2016. Trump officially spoke about Andrew Brunson’s release with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in June. A Turkish court ordered Brunson to house arrest while his trial continues.