Turkish artillery units are shelling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group in Bashiqa near Mosul, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Oct. 23
The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Oct. 22 issued a security notice over potential terror attacks targeting citizens and other foreigners living in the city
The Turkish military said on Oct. 23 that it had hit a total of eight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and 51 Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) targets in northern Syria as part of the Euphrates Shield operation.
Turkey and the European Union need to work together more than ever to save lives amid historic challenges, France’s top diplomat has said, admitting the bloc must help Turkey’s development, modernization and democratization even if the road will be long
Turkey is looking to kill a number of birds with one stone amid its recent insistence on participating in the offensive on Mosul, according to a Turkish professor of international relations
Ankara rules out Turkish troops participation in a ground offensive to retake Mosul but float the idea of a safe zone for refugees and security
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has finalized preparations for a draft of a constitutional amendment, which will change the country’s parliamentary system to an executive presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Oct. 23
Sharpshooters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group have become a threat in the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk in Iraq on the third day of clashes, with security forces still tracking down the militants
Dozens of Turkish diplomats, military officers and their families have sought asylum in Germany since the July 15 coup attempt, local officials have said
Four militants with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s Dohuk district were “neutralized” on Oct. 23 during an operation with an armed drone, according to the Turkish military, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported
A law on the Istanbul Finance Center (IFC) will soon be issued, Finance Minister Naci Ağbal has said, adding that the center will offer many opportunities to attract investors
Two police officers were killed and nine people were wounded in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack late on Oct. 22 in the eastern province of Bingöl, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
DENİZLİ - Doğan News Agency
Some 15,000 exporters will be offered a special kind of passport that will enable holders to acquire visas quicker and gain visa-free entrance to many countries as part of new incentives in the sector, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has said
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, are co-financing the development of a 769.6-million-euro high-tech hospital in İzmir
ISTANBUL - Agence France-Presse
Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines on Oct. 21 said it has banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from all of its flights with immediate effect after reports of fire risk
Dr. R. Erdem Erkul, who has been representing Turkey for the last six years at the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and was selected as vice president two years ago, is once again a candidate for the position in the coming term
BAGHDAD – Agence France-Presse
Iraq’s parliament has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties
Prisoners in the Black Sea province of Giresun got a special day out on Oct. 22 after a local prosecutor permitted them to attend a match between local side Giresunspor and Boluspor in Turkey’s second tier.
SAN FRANCISCO - Agence France-Presse
Cyber attacks pounded the underpinnings of the internet on Oct. 21, crippling Twitter, Netflix and other major websites with the help of once-dumb devices made smart with online connections
CARACAS – Reuters
Led by women dressed in white, several thousand Venezuelans marched through Caracas on Oct. in the first of what the opposition hopes will be growing protests against the quashing of a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro.
Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, a sharp rise owing to favorable weather, growing insecurity and declining international support for counter-narcotics operations, the U.N. said on Oct. 23.
Most inmates of a northern Haitian prison escaped on Oct. 22 after killing a guard and stealing firearms, said authorities who launched a manhunt with support from U.N. peacekeepers for the 174 fugitives.
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On a live TV show on Oct. 22, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said his government was preparing for a new decree in the force of law (KHK) in order to return those dismissed from their public jobs “by mistake” in the wake of the probes after the military coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.
Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated in a TV interview last week that “they want to raise a new generations who will go out onto the streets with flags, as in the case of the July 15 coup attempt.” It means that we will live under the permanent threat of a coup for many years, meaning that in 20 years’ time, we will need people to stop expected atrocities by rushing onto the street with flags. It means that we will live for decades with vigilance against “internal enemies.”
Cyprus talks will soon head to Geneva where discussions on territorial issues will be brought to the table. Shrugging all the warnings separating territorial aspects of the problem from the security and guarantees issues would weaken his hand, President Mustafa Akıncı not only agreed to split the two correlated issues, but also tried to present it to the Turkish Cypriot people as a success.
The Mosul Operation started on Oct. 16. Till now, we discussed the issue from the viewpoint of the strategies conducted by the Iraqi Army, the Peshmerga and the coalition forces.
Since it is the hottest topic nowadays, how about a different and more realistic approach to the novel “Madonna in a Fur Coat” gaffe?
Before you call him a man?
In the same way as an advertisement serves to commerce, propaganda is serving politics. It is not strange that in the midst of intra-European crisis scapegoats are in high demand.
Turkey is revisiting a long-standing discussion on whether it should adopt a presidential system through a constitutional amendment after Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli opened a new page on the issue.
Istanbul returns to Hollywood with ‘Inferno,’ the latest film version of a work by Dan Brown, although the teeming metropolis is again shoehorned into just a few locations in the old city
As American as apple pie, Halloween is generally perceived as a truly American invention, and often blamed as an invasion of American culture spreading rapidly across the world
Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul women’s volleyball team retained their world title in a 3-2 over Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy in Philippine capital Manila on Oct. 23
Some of the first visitors at a newly opened Quran exhibition on Oct. 22 said they hoped the display would help overcome prejudice and spread awareness about Islam
The third Istanbul Design Biennial, “Are We Human? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years,” will open this weekend with events around the city for the next month.
The Levantine Heritage Foundation will organize its second interdisciplinary conference, “The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge,” between Nov. 2 and 4 in London’s Europe House and the Hellenic Center.
Praxis Perform, an İzmir-based group of actors, takes on censorship, sexual violence and resistance in a one-woman play on the French Revolution and the death of Marat.
The ancient city of Misis in Adana has been the site of archaeological excavations for the past four years. The castle, ancient theater and historic Roman-era windmills are some of the attractions in the city.
FOLDED CORNER - ‘On Extremism and Democracy in Europe’ by Cas Mudde (Routledge, 163 pages, £45)