Jul 19, 2018

Turkey lifts state of emergency after Erdogan claims new powers

Erdogan's supporters celebrate outside the AK party headquarters on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ended a nationwide state of emergency that had been in place since a 2016 failed coup, weeks after winning re-election, reports BBC News.

Why it matters: Extended seven times since 2016, the state of emergency allowed the Turkish government to dismiss more than 100,000 people from public office and arbitrarily imprison more than 50,000, including American pastor Andrew Brunson. Erdoğan assumed sweeping new executive powers after winning last month’s election, and appears to believe his position is sufficiently secure that further extensions of the state of emergency aren’t necessary.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: White House studies models projecting virus peak

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The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.

The state of play: The coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, but many states like Virginia and Maryland will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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Why it matters: Access to testing has improved in the U.S. thanks to commercial labs, but the average wait time for a patient's results is four to five days — with some reports of it taking more than a week.

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