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A music school wants to revive Turkish and Syrian connections through song

Monday, January 16, 2023

Founded by refugee musicians, a music institute in Southern Turkey tries to revive forgotten Syrian classics and integrate Turkish and Syrian cultures with music the two have shared for centuries.

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Syrian refugees in Turkey face racist attacks and the fear of deportation

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Syrian refugees found refuge in southern Turkey, even building businesses that help the local economy. But now the political winds are shifting, and many feel they're no longer welcome.

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Turkey plays a tough balancing act as it strengthens ties with Russia

Saturday, December 10, 2022

While the West has cut off much of its business with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, NATO member Turkey has increased its trade with Russia for political and economic reasons.

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Russia and Ukraine renew a grain export deal to help the hungry and keep prices down

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The U.N.-brokered deal to ship Ukrainian grain exports was set to expire on Saturday and will now continue for at least another 120 days.

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Turkey is friendly with both Russia and Ukraine. Now it wants them to talk peace

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Turkey, a NATO ally, has positioned itself as a neutral player in the Ukraine war — as being pro-Ukrainian without being anti-Russian.

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Turkey uses its influence with both Ukraine and Russia to get them to negotiate

Monday, November 14, 2022

After helping shore up the deal to allow grain shipments out of Ukraine, Turkey continues to ride the middle road in the war there, as a leading government official explains.

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Turkey calls the blast in Istanbul an attack. At least 6 are dead

Sunday, November 13, 2022

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast on Istiklal Avenue. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that the nation will not bow to terrorism.

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Photos: A close-up look at Ukraine grain export inspections

Saturday, November 05, 2022

At the heart of the Ukraine grain export deal is a complex inspection process involving Turkey and the U.N. NPR recently joined a team of inspectors aboard a ship carrying grain in the Marmara sea.

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What the inspection of a ship taught us about the deal helping stabilize food prices

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

A look at the inspection of a ship transporting Ukraine's grain supply shows the complexities of the deal helping stabilize global food prices.

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Russia rejoins U.N. deal to ship grain from Ukraine, easing food insecurity concerns

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Russia, which had suspended participation over the weekend, says the grain deal is back on after assurances that shipping corridors would not be used for military purposes.

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An intense global scramble is on to keep Ukraine grain deal alive, as Russia pulls out

Monday, October 31, 2022

Countries are scrambling to salvage a deal allowing Ukraine to export grain, after Russia said it pulled out indefinitely, a decision that risks worsening global hunger.

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Russia faces backlash over threat to pull out of grain deal

Monday, October 31, 2022

Russia has threatened to pull out of the Black Sea Grain initiative - a move that threatens to have a profound impact on global food prices.

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Western leaders blast Russia's exit from grain deal that's helped ease global hunger

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Leaders are condemning Moscow for triggering a new wave of fears about global hunger and rampant inflation with its decision to suspend participation in a U.N.-brokered grain agreement.

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Thousands of Russians continue to arrive in Turkey, fleeing conscription

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Antalya is a longtime Russian tourist destination that's become a refuge for those who don't want to fight in the war. But things are getting more complicated for Russians in Turkey.

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Russian men continue to escape conscription in large numbers to Turkey

Monday, October 03, 2022

Russians who have gone to Turkey to avoid conscription are at a loss to figure out their new future. Meanwhile, thousands of men keep arriving.

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Russian men flee the country. Many are showing up in Istanbul

Monday, September 26, 2022

Men are fleeing Russia by land or air days after President Vladimir Putin said he was mobilizing more forces into Ukraine. NPR met Russians arriving in Turkey, where they don't need visas to enter.

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After Russia orders a partial mobilization, young men flee the country

Monday, September 26, 2022

Military-age men continue to flee Russia after President Putin ordered the country's first mobilization since WWII. Many are arriving in Istanbul, where they can travel without a visa.

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Get a peek inside this Saudi Arabian date festival

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top producers and exporters of dates, and dozens of varieties are sold every year at the Buraydah Date Festival.

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Russians against the war seek refuge in Turkey

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Russian men are fleeing the country to avoid being forced into the military and the war in Ukraine. Many are going to Turkey, where they do not need a visa to enter.

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Russian men are flying to Turkey to avoid military service in Ukraine

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Russia's call-up of additional troops has prompted many men to look for ways to avoid military service. Some of them are packing flights to Turkey.

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