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Syrian children who are refugees in Turkey face many barriers to learning.

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment

Many Syrian families in Turkey face school enrollment challenges due to a Turkish law that says no more than 30% of schoolchildren in a single class can be foreigners. Families in border cities like Gaziantep say their children are being turned away with few alternatives.

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment
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Desperate pet owners turn to illegal drug markets to cure a rare cat virus 

Desperate pet owners turn to illegal drug markets to cure a rare cat virus 
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As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion
People put flowers over a memorial placed on the spot of Sunday's explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Nov. 14, 2022.

Turkey detains Syrian suspect in deadly Istanbul bombing

Turkey detains Syrian suspect in deadly Istanbul bombing
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'How long will this continue?': People in Istanbul see their rents double as inflation soars

'How long will this continue?': People in Istanbul see their rents double as inflation soars
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'I'm being strangled here': Refugees returned by Turkey to Syria say conditions are bleak

In the Turkish city of Istanbul, police have continued a stepped-up campaign of random ID checks in immigrant neighborhoods. This week, officials acknowledged that 19,000 people have been deported over the past eight months. It’s not clear how many of them are Syrians.

'I'm being strangled here': Refugees returned by Turkey to Syria say conditions are bleak
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Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he plans to establish an 18-mile “safe zone” in northern Syria to counter a US-backed Kurdish group. Erdoğan considers the People’s Protection Units, or the YPG, a threat to the security of his country.

Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman review a military honor guard during a welcome ceremony, in Ankara, Turkey

MBS visits Ankara as Turkey attempts to repair relations with its regional rivals

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks in Ankara. The visit comes as Turkey seeks to repair ties with its regional rivals. Steven A. Cook at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington spoke with The World's host Carol Hills about the significance of the visit.

MBS visits Ankara as Turkey attempts to repair relations with its regional rivals
In just the first month of the war, scientists reported more than 80 dolphin deaths on the Turkish coast, according to the Turkish Marine Research Foundation. 

A spate of dolphin deaths in the Black Sea prompts scientists to search for answers

Since February, hundreds of dolphins have been found dead off the coasts of Ukraine, Bulgaria and Turkey. Scientists have pointed to the war in Ukraine as a possible cause. Navy sonar systems used to locate other vessels create powerful sounds that may be disorienting the marine animals. 

A spate of dolphin deaths in the Black Sea prompts scientists to search for answers
Iraqi army helicopter takes off at a base in Sinjar, Iraq, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. 

Iraq's Yazidis stuck in 'tug-of-war' between regional armed groups

Recent fighting between the Iraqi army and a local militia in heavily populated civilian areas has led to the displacement of an estimated 10,000 people. 

Iraq's Yazidis stuck in 'tug-of-war' between regional armed groups
A Ukrainian family crosses into Slovakia on Feb. 25, 2022.

Even once female Ukrainian refugees reach safety, they face new burdens as single heads of household

Female Ukrainian refugees are suddenly tasked with shouldering both home and work responsibilities. Policy measures are needed to respond to women’s unique situations during this war.

Even once female Ukrainian refugees reach safety, they face new burdens as single heads of household
Yörük Işık, an independent Istanbul-based geopolitical analyst, is among a small group of ship watchers —  some hobbyists, some professionals — who observe ship traffic in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait. 

At the mouth of the Black Sea, a ship spotter watches for clues amid Ukraine war

Turkey’s ship watchers observe traffic in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait to understand geopolitics — including the comings and goings of Russian ships amid war in Ukraine.

At the mouth of the Black Sea, a ship spotter watches for clues amid Ukraine war
Popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron played to a packed club in Istanbul to raise funds for Ukrainians and their fight against Russia.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 

More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine in the violence of the past three weeks. At the same time, a smaller, more privileged migration route is emerging in eastern cities like Istanbul.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 
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For this man in Istanbul, the pandemic renewed a lifelong passion for drawing 

When the pandemic hit his home city of Istanbul, Ahmet Faruk picked up an old passion: drawing. He wandered around the city, looking for forgotten, underappreciated buildings. Then, he brought them to life on the pages of his sketchbook. Lately, he has been focusing on Islamic architecture, specifically, mosque domes and minarets.

For this man in Istanbul, the pandemic renewed a lifelong passion for drawing 
Afghan refugees walk through an Afghan refugee camp at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, New Jersey, on Sept. 27, 2021. 

6 months after evacuation, thousands of Afghan families are waiting to reunite

​​​​​​​Ahmad Naem Wakili, who worked as a judge in Afghanistan, landed in Arizona after getting evacuated from the country last August. But a bureaucratic quagmire is still keeping his wife and daughter abroad. Thousands of others face a similar legal limbo. 

6 months after evacuation, thousands of Afghan families are waiting to reunite