The United States on Jan. 22 acknowledged it takes “seriously” Turkey’s legitimate security concerns, amid Ankara’s ongoing military operation against terrorist groups in Afrin, Syria.
The former chairman of the Alevi Bektaşi Federation, an umbrella organization of the Alevi community in Turkey, has criticized references of cemevis in the latest curriculum presented by the Education Ministry, which do not describe cemevis as a house of worship.
According to research conducted by Hacettepe University’s Migration and Politics Research Center, the population of Syrians in Turkey will exceed five million within the next 10 years, daily Birgün reported on Jan. 23.
The three largest creditors of Otaş, a company that was set up by Oger Telecom to acquire a 55 percent stake in Türk Telekom in 2005, have reached an agreement with the Turkish Transport Ministry to acquire a majority stake in the company as they cannot charge their loan receivables, sources have told daily Hürriyet, adding that the lenders and authorities were now working on the legal aspects of the deal.
The European Union on Jan. 23 removed eight countries including Panama and South Korea from its new tax haven blacklist after they pledged to address their concerns, the bloc said.
Chief executives are more optimistic about the economic outlook than they have been for many years although anxieties are rising about geopolitics, cyber threats and terrorism, a survey showed on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
China and South Korea on Jan. 23 hit out at a U.S. decision to impose stinging tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines, which marked the latest salvo in Donald Trump’s “America First” drive.
For Iranian parachuting enthusiast Bahareh Sassani, skydiving is “a way to prove that women are just as capable as men” -- a small step from a big height for women’s equality in her country.
A Japanese soldier was killed on Jan. 23 after a volcano erupted near a popular Japanese ski resort, sparking an avalanche that left several injured and scores stranded up a mountain, officials said.
A South Korean delegation crossed into the North on Jan. 23 to inspect venues for joint Olympic-linked events, even as Pyongyang demanded Seoul apologize for “despicable” protesters who burned Kim Jong-Un’s image, as controversy mounts over the rapprochement.