First Turkish soldier killed during Syria operation: defense ministry

Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria began on Wednesday after US troops pulled back from the area. (AFP)
Updated 11 October 2019

First Turkish soldier killed during Syria operation: defense ministry

  • Three more soldiers were injured in the ‘operation region’

AKÇAKALE, Turkey: Turkey Friday reported the first death of one of its soldiers in its operation in northern Syria, during clashes with a Kurdish militia following a day of heavy shelling on both sides.
Three more soldiers were injured in the “operation region,” the defense ministry said in a statement after the clashes on Thursday, without giving further detail.


Germany extends distancing rules to end of June

Updated 17 min 59 sec ago

Germany extends distancing rules to end of June

  • Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible
  • Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to open up entirely

BERLIN: Germany has extended social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic to June 29, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Tuesday.
Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible, according to the rules agreed between the federal government and 16 states.
Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to ditch the measures and open up entirely.
Germany’s virus caseload now tops 179,000 with just over 8,300 deaths — much lower than European counterparts such as Britain, France, Spain and Italy.
“This success is mainly based on the fact that the rules on distance and hygiene have been implemented and respected,” the government and the regions said.
However, officials warned that further restrictions could be imposed if local outbreaks made them necessary.