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Turkey ends rescue efforts after earthquake toll reaches 41

ANKARA: Turkey has called off rescue operations in eastern areas hit by Friday’s earthquake after emergency workers recovered the body of a final person they were searching for in a collapsed building, bringing the death toll to 41, authorities say. The magnitude 6.8 quake caused 37 deaths in Elazig province, …

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Rescuers pull survivors from earthquake debris in Turkey

ANKARA: Rescue efforts are continuing in eastern Turkey after Friday’s magnitude-6.8 earthquake, which left 39 dead and over 1,600 others injured. A total of 45 people were rescued from ruins, and search and rescue operations were still going on on Sunday. The earthquake occurred at 20:55 local time in the …

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Earthquake death toll rises to 31 in Turkey

ANKARA: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck eastern Turkey has risen to 31, as rescue efforts continue two days after the natural disaster. A magnitude 6.8 quake hit the small lakeside town of Sivrice, in Turkey’s Elazig Province, on Friday evening. It also affected neighboring cities. The …

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Turkey ‘not pessimistic’ about ceasefire in Libya but wary of Haftar

ANKARA: Turkey says it is not pessimistic about the prospect of a ceasefire in Libya, even after the collapse of peace talks in Moscow, but accuses renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar of seeking continued conflict. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks in the capital, Ankara, on Wednesday, two …

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Turkey to implement deals with Libya in 2020: Erdogan

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will materialize its two agreements with the Libyan government on defense and maritime rights next year, a few days ahead of a parliament vote on deploying troops to the North African country. Erdogan’s comment came on Tuesday, just a day after the …

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Libya requested military support from Turkey: Erdogan’s aide

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director says Tripoli has asked for Ankara’s military aid, stressing his country’s commitment to agreements signed with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). In a series of tweets on Friday, Fahrettin Altun reiterated Turkey’s support for Libya’s “internationally recognized legitimate government” and …

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Iran, Turkey sign religious cooperation agreement

ANKARA: Iran and Turkey have inked a cooperation agreement focusing on further expansion of religious relations. The agreement was signed in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday between Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, the head of Iran’s Islamic Culture and Communication Organization, and Ali Erbaş, the head of Diyanet or Religious Affairs …

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