First confirmed COVID-19 case detected in northwest Syria

The first case of the coronavirus in Idlib follows a veto at the UN Security Council today of a resolution that would have allowed aid to reach the embattled area via Turkey.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor Syrian protesters in the city of Idlib carry placards on July 10, 2020, expressing their opposition to Syrian regime ally Russia's attempt to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country, as they wear protective masks and maintain social distancing due to the first case of the coronavirus recorded a day earlier. Photo by Photo by ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Erdogan: Turkey on path to ‘unstoppable power’ in region

Turkish president throws his lot in again with Russia and Iran in Syria, expands plans for influence in North Africa and moves to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.

Week in Review | Turkish economy | Jul 10, 2020
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Foreign investors flee Turkey, Ankara’s isolation grows

An exodus of foreign investors has aggravated Turkey’s economic woes and could prove disastrous for the AKP’s political future.

Mustafa Sonmez | Turkish economy | Jul 10, 2020
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No more Big Fat Wedding: Turks struggle to be wed in times of the coronavirus

From bejeweled masks to dummy brides, Turks struggle to combine tradition with new social distancing rules.

Nazlan Ertan | Coronavirus | Jul 10, 2020
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Why is France a useful adversary for Turkey?

Although France has the means to hamper Turkey, both in the European Union and Africa, its current strategy often plays into Turkey’s hands, as evidenced by its recent failure to squeeze Turkey through a NATO probe.

Fehim Tastekin | Libya conflict | Jul 10, 2020
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