Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suicide attack in Syria’s al-Bab, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Feb. 24.
A long-awaited restoration in the world’s oldest covered bazaar, Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar, has begun with efforts to replace the tiles in the commercial and tourist venue.
Video footage recorded by a pilot performing the iconic “salt bae” move of Nusret Gökçe, the co-partner of the global Nusr-et chain of grill houses, allegedly during the ongoing Euphrates Shield operation in Syria has gone viral on social media.
Turkey has suggested what it calls a “Mosul model” for the potential Raqqa operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), highlighting that Raqqa is also a predominantly Arab city that must be saved by mostly Arab forces.
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani is set to meet senior Turkish officials for the second time in a week in Istanbul on Feb. 26.
Turkey could head to yet another referendum to decide on whether to restore capital punishment if parliament disapproves of the change, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 24.
Turkey and Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels gained full control of Syria’s al-Bab as part of the Euphrates Shield operation, the Turkish Armed Forces said Feb. 24, on a day in which two Turkish soldiers were killed in a suicide attack near the city, as dozens of others were also killed in a separate attack
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım for being ineffective and easily influenced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
An Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) car bomb attack killed at least 27 civilians and six Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in northern Syria’s strategic al-Bab area on Feb. 24, according to reliable sources from the region
There are no plans to grant citizenship to Syrians before the upcoming referendum on shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system, Prime Ministry sources have said.
The White House excluded several major U.S. news organizations, including some it has openly criticized, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary on Feb. 24, representatives of the organizations said
Ankara has received intelligence that U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen might be considering leaving the United State for Canada after purchasing land in the country, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said
An official ceremony was held on Feb. 24 to commemorate the victims of the 1942 Struma incident, a World War II tragedy that resulted in the death of over 750 Romanian Jews after their ship was sunk by a Soviet submarine after it had been forced to remain docked for two months in Istanbul
Turkey attracted $12.1 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2016, higher than expected in light of the latest developments in both Turkey and the surrounding region, a top association announced on Feb. 24.
The Pentagon’s top officer has said he is readying a “full range of options” for President Donald Trump on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, adding that he would underline the importance of Turkey.
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There is serious global interest in Turkey’s newly founded sovereign wealth fund, particularly from investment banks, and it plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with three other sovereign funds, its head told Reuters.
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Police detained an employee of the U.S. consulate in the southern province of Adana on Feb. 23 on suspicion of involvement with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to a police official
Turgut Aslan, the head of the Turkish police’s Anti-Terror Bureau, is gradually returning to life after spending five months in intensive care, where he was taken after being shot in the head by soldiers on the night of the attempted coup on July 15, 2016, daily Habertürk reported on Feb. 24
Turkey’s parliament has approved an omnibus law which introduced an exemption of 18 percent of value-added tax (VAT) for foreigners who invest in real estate in Turkey.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has accused the main opposition CHP)and its leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, of “making terror propaganda,” due to a social media post shared by CHP Istanbul lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu
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The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has prepared a new construction project on the coastline of Istanbul’s Golden Horn that will transform a 9,000 square-meter area with remnants of Ottoman-era armory depots into an education facility and a culture center, amid concerns that the area is at risk of flooding
The media should be on alert against the “propaganda power of terrorism” and will have to “watch its step,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Feb. 23, state-run Anadolu agency has reported
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Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Staff, made a public appearance at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Feb. 23, just a few days before the presentation of a new plan by the U.S. security apparatus to President Donald Trump about a new plan to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, that involves military operations to take Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq from their hands.
Daily Hürriyet reporter Burak Coşan has documented child laborers between the ages of 10 and 14 who work for 12 hours a day at unregistered textile workshops in Istanbul’s Küçükpazar neighborhood.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will officially launch its campaign for the April 16 referendum in Ankara on Feb 25, kicking off its seven-week-long work aimed at garnering no less than 55 percent of votes to have constitutional amendments approved by the Turkish people. As usual, it is planned to be a massive event with big crowds attending the launch.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım gave this answer when his opinion was asked on the dismissal of academics such as Professor İbrahim Kaboğlu whose only “political fault” was being a democrat, as well as journalist Ahmet Şık, who was imprisoned in the past by Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) judges and who is now arrested on charges of being a member of FETÖ:
Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev recently appointed his wife as the country’s first ever vice-president. His elected colleagues greeted this decision with a standing ovation.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was touring the Gulf last week. During the trip, he spoke to a number of Arab media outlets, including the Qatari newspaper Al-Arab.
For the first time in six years, there is famine in the world: a real, United Nations-declared famine, with more than 30 percent of the affected population suffering acute malnutrition and more than a thousand people dying of hunger each day. And there are three more countries where famine may be declared any day now
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık announced on Feb. 23 that the Syrian town of al-Bab had been largely captured from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DEASH, by Turkish-backed Free Syria Army (FSA) forces during the Euphrates Shield operation, as a new round of talks were set to start in Geneva for the political future of the war-torn country.
The Louvre in Paris has gathered a third of 17th-century painter Vermeer’s canvasses, making it the Dutch master’s most ever shown in one place since his death
In the wake of a social media photo showing a Turkish employer stepping on a Syrian worker’s stomach, Erospolis takes a look at the daily lives of two Syrian families through an artist’s lens.
Fourteen endangered black francolins that were seized two weeks ago in the Kapılı village in the southeastern province of Şırnak’s Silopi district, located near the border with Iraq, have been released after treatment.
Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul is set to organize an exclusive “crepe day” bringing renowned actor and musician Teoman Kumbaracıbaşı’s delicious homemade jams and their extraordinary story together with Italian Executive Chef Giovanni Terracciano’s specially prepared breakfast favorites.
Turkish league champions Beşiktaş eliminated Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-2 on aggregate late on Feb. 23 to advance to the last 16 in the Europa League, leaving it as the only Turkish side left standing in European competition for the year.
Rock tombs inside the ancient caves in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa be opened to tourists, with work ongoing for further examinations
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.