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Turkey: Country in Western Asia with a small portion in Southeastern Europe
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe. East Thrace, the part of Turkey in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles. Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the largest city in the country while Ankara is the capital. Turkey is bordered on its northwest by Greece and Bulgaria; north by the Black Sea; northeast by Georgia; east by Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran; southeast by Iraq and Syria; south by the Mediterranean Sea; and west by the Aegean Sea. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish, while Kurds are the largest minority at anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of the population.

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No Champions League final for Istanbul this week [Video]

No Champions League final for Istanbul this week

May 30 should have been the day Istanbul hosted the Champions League final but it was postponed by UEFA due to the novel coronavirus.

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Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure [Video]

Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure

A recent study links eating at least two daily servings of dairy to lower cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome).The observed associations were strongest for..

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Sheep take over Turkish city during curfew [Video]

Sheep take over Turkish city during curfew

Sheep temporarily took over a city in Turkey that was on lockdown. This surreal scene is from Atakum, on Turkey's northern Black Sea coast. The city was under a four-day lockdown along with 30 others..

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Turkey's oldest tortoise celebrates centenary in style [Video]

Turkey's oldest tortoise celebrates centenary in style

Turkey's oldest tortoise, Tuki, turned 100 years old on Thursday (April 30) and celebrated with a quiet birthday party as the private Faruk Yalcin zoo in the northwestern province of Kocaeli remained..

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Dolphins take advantage of Turkey's lockdown to explore Istanbul's Bosphorus [Video]

Dolphins take advantage of Turkey's lockdown to explore Istanbul's Bosphorus

Dolphins take advantage of Turkey's lockdown to explore Istanbul's Bosphorus

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Turkey imposes COVID-19 movement curbs before Ramadan begins [Video]

Turkey imposes COVID-19 movement curbs before Ramadan begins

To stop the spread of coronavirus, Turkey orders partial lockdown on some provinces and says new infections tapering off.

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RAF plane thought to be carrying PPE arrives from Turkey [Video]

RAF plane thought to be carrying PPE arrives from Turkey

An RAF cargo plane, believed to be bringing supplies of PPE from Turkey, lands at RAF Brize Norton.

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Wild animals wander abandoned streets amid lockdowns [Video]

Wild animals wander abandoned streets amid lockdowns

From wild boars patrolling the Israeli city of Haifa to deer venturing into London suburbs, virus closures are drawing wildlife into the abandoned streets of many cities.

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Istanbul brought to standstill by cornavirus lockdown [Video]

Istanbul brought to standstill by cornavirus lockdown

Thirty-one major provinces in Turkey on Saturday headed into a second round of a weekend lockdown, as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirusView on euronews

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Turkey to free thousands of its prisoners to curb coronavirus [Video]

Turkey to free thousands of its prisoners to curb coronavirus

A bill passed by Turkey's parliament will see at least 45,000 prisoners temporarily released to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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'Mixed picture' in Europe, vaccine at least a year away: WHO [Video]

'Mixed picture' in Europe, vaccine at least a year away: WHO

The World Health Organization believes we're yet to reach the peak of the global health crisis and are cautious about the "mixed picture" in Europe, despite improvements in some countries after weeks..

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Displaced Syrians, fearing virus, return to Idlib [Video]

Displaced Syrians, fearing virus, return to Idlib

Thousands of displaced Syrians have begun moving back to their homes in war-torn Idlib province despite the risk of renewed conflict, some driven by fear that the new coronavirus could wreak havoc on..

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Turkey's interior minister resigns over coronavirus response [Video]

Turkey's interior minister resigns over coronavirus response

Turkey's interior minister resigns over coronavirus response

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Turkey imposes 48-hour curfew in major cities to curb virus [Video]

Turkey imposes 48-hour curfew in major cities to curb virus

Restrictions placed in 31 provinces across the nation but bakeries, pharmacies and health facilities to remain open.

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