Police intervened to quash demonstrations against the expulsion of 16 academics from Ankara University after mistakenly believing that protesters were playing Kurdish “propaganda music,” daily Birgün has reported.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) vice chair and spokesperson Selin Sayek Böke has received a death threat after appearing on a television program on Feb. 21.
People of the world should “acquire the ability to co-exist” as they are closely interdependent to each other in the modern day in the face of intertwined threats, daily Hürriyet Chairwoman Vuslat Doğan Sabancı has said.
Turkish armed forces and allied Syrian rebels have almost total control of the Syrian flashpoint town of al-Bab after entering the center of the former jihadist stronghold, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on Feb. 23
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has expressed Ankara’s appreciation to Pakistan for its support of Turkey following the July 15, 2016, coup attempt, following a joint meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif
The upcoming referendum will be a chance to display a stance against the oppression of naysayers, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, noting that the “no” voters should never feel intimidated
The main investigation into the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt, widely believed to have been masterminded by the network of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, has been completed
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has penned a letter to his U.S. counterpart Jeff Sessions regarding the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of masterminding Turkey's failed July 2016 coup attempt
Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on Feb. 23 that Turkey would not grant Syrians citizenship before the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments.
Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev has commented on Turkey’s upcoming referendum on whether the country should retain the current parliamentary system or opt for an executive presidency, saying “he’s sure it will go very well.”
The situation in Turkey is worsening on every visit, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri said Feb. 22 during a visit to daily Cumhuriyet with other EU parliamentarians Elisabetta Pietrobon, Mariska Heijs and Jörgen Siil.
The European Union has criticized measures taken in Turkey against the co-chairs of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş, saying they “add to the concerns” of the institution.
Turkey may become an energy exporter in a decade’s time, Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak has said.
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The suspect of the arson attack on the Müjdat Gezen Arts and Culture Center in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district was released on judicial control on Feb. 23
Some 1,734 people have been arrested for “making terror propaganda” on social media since the failed July 2016 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
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The Turkish Lira appreciated against the U.S. dollar early on Feb. 23 amid hints from the Federal Reserve pointing to rate hikes as soon as March.
A spokeswoman for Republican Senator John McCain said Feb. 22 that he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss plans for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with U.S. forces stationed there.
Oya Armutçu – ANKARA
Overpopulation in Turkish prisons in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt has led the Turkish Justice Ministry to introduce new regulations that would better prison conditions for inmates serving less than 10 years in prison.
U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Feb. 23, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the western half of the city
Three Egyptian real estate executives said yesterday that their companies have suspended housing deals with the Saudi Arabian government amid political tensions between the two countries.
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In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents
Heavily indebted telecoms giant Telefonica said yesterday that its net profit fell close to 14 percent last year to 2.36 billion euros, hit by restructuring costs linked to a voluntary redundancy scheme in Spain.
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Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım denies there has been any policy change from his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) ahead of the launch of its official campaign on Feb. 25 for the constitutional referendum on April 16.
“My husband does not want me to work,” the wife of a religiously conservative man complained to her psychologist. “He insisted I see a women psychologist,” she added.
A few days ago, the Iraqi army launched its second offensive in the last six months to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that has controlled the city and its surroundings for almost three years.
As the Donald Trump administration shapes its Mideast policies, the front against Iran is becoming clearer by the day.
A change in the system is much more important than writing a constitution, and it leads to far more important consequences.
As I grew up, I realized that the world was indeed divided. But I believe that the divide is not between countries or races: It is between people who try to contribute to the future of humankind (even if it would affect them negatively in the short run) and those who want to maximize their profits today at the expense of others.
The arson attack earlier this week against the theater academy and cultural center owned by actor/director Müjdat Gezen brings us back to the old question: Is there a growing threat to art and culture in Turkey?
If you change the word “parliament” with “congress,” it could also be applicable to the United States under Donald Trump and if you like, you could add the word “courts” as well for all strong leaders.
The International Bodrum Jazz festival will be held between Sept. 7 and 17 with the support of the Jazz Association and Bodrum Municipality.
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Two Turkish teams will be at home on Feb. 23, hoping to advance to the next round of the Europa League competition.
Necati Korkmaz, Turkey’s only representative of the art of Gubari calligraphy, uses fox whiskers or spider legs to perform his art
The Sultanhanı caravanserai, located on the Aksaray-Konya road, was built during Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat’s rule, and will undergo restoration after 60 years
Police in the Mediterranean province of Adana seized on Feb. 22 an 18th century icon that has the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ embroidered on gazelle skin.
The Alt Art Space is currently exhibiting “And Yet My Mask is Powerful,” which is the most recent installation by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, who work collaboratively from their base in Ramallah, Palestine
Aydın’s Afrodisyas Museum is home to 300 statues and reliefs unearthed during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Aphrodisias
A New York-based musician has become a social media sensation by covering songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and the theme song of “Game of Thrones” while using the oud