Turkey threatens to open borders after airstrike

February 28, 2020

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Greek soldiers stand guard at the closed Kastanies border crossing with Turkey's Pazarkule, Feb. 28, 2020.


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Refugees from Syria clamored to board buses in Istanbul on Friday with the hope of a passage to Europe. We're fact-checking the news that's being seen as a response to the escalating war in Syria where 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by Russian-backed Syrian government troops. And, how Singapore may be a model for handling the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, gorillas at the Werribee Open Range Zoo near Melbourne, Australia, love listening to Michael Bublé. So, the crooner decided to stop by and give them a private concert.

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The death of 33 Turkish soldiers killed in an airstrike in northern Syria has led to an escalation of violence. Turkey has indicated that it will no longer stop refugees from making their way to Europe. The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in sub-Saharan Africa, as Europe cracks down to contain the spread and markets continue to plunge. And a court ruling could finally push the US government to expedite visas for Afghan and Iraqi translators who have risked their lives to help the US military.

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