Turkey earthquake: World Bank estimated making homes safe would cost $465bn

The World Bank estimated in 2021 that retrofitting or rebuilding millions of residential buildings in Turkey to withstand an earthquake would cost almost half a trillion dollars. In December 2021, the Washington-based bank, which provides loans and grants to governments, said it was providing the Turkish government with “technical assistance” to help it meet[…]

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Rescuers toil on in rubble of Türkiye and Syria

Exhausted rescuers pulled dwindling numbers of survivors from earthquake rubble in Türkiye and Syria on Saturday five days after one of the region’s worst natural disasters whose death toll neared 26,000 and looked set to rise far higher. In Kahramanmaras, close to the epicentre in south Türkiye, there were fewer[…]

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Dozens dead as powerful earthquake shakes Turkey, Syria

Syrian health ministry says more than 200 dead. Some 237 people have been killed and 639 injured in Syria in the powerful earthquake, assistant health minister Ahmed Dhamiriyeh has told state television. The affected swath of Syria is divided between government-held and opposition-held areas. In rebel-held northwest Syria, the opposition’s[…]

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Turkey-Syria meeting: No deals made at the first high-level talks in 11 years

The first high-level meeting between Turkish and Syrian officials in Moscow last week was cordial but no deals have been made, multiple sources told Middle East Eye. The Turkish and Syrian defence ministers, along with their Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, met on Thursday, elevating contacts that had previously been held on a strictly intelligence level. Ministerial[…]

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Turkey denounces French politicians attending protest over killing of Kurds

INTERNATIONAL Turkey on Thursday denounced French politicians for attending a Paris protest over the killing of three Kurds, where demonstrators waved flags of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The protests on Saturday, which started peacefully, descended into violence. Footage from the demonstrations showed protesters throwing projectiles at police who responded by firing[…]

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