The U.S. State Department on March 28 issued an update to its travel warning to Turkey, urging its citizens to avoid travel to the southeastern provinces citing the “persistent threat of terrorism,” a day before State Secretary Rex Tillerson’s visit to the country.
U.S. prosecutors on Match 28 charged an executive at a Turkish state-owned bank with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, escalating a case that has added to tensions between the United States and Turkey
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 28 paid an unusual visit to a tent belonging to the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district, set up to promote a “no” vote ahead of the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will pay a visit to Turkey on March 30 to discuss the case of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed 2016 coup, and the U.S.-led offensive to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed German daily Bild for running a bilingual headline saying “Atatürk would have said ‘no’” to proposed charter amendments that will vastly increase the president’s powers, saying Atatürk would have said “yes” because “he lived in a state that we would like to bring in.”
The new system that may be brought by charter change will allow the president to annul the parliament, form a cabinet and be free from a confidence vote, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has once again slammed the opposition for arguing against the constitutional amendment to be voted in a referendum on April 16
A Turkish gold trader’s decision to hire former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to represent him, as he defends against charges he conspired to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran, raises a potential conflict of interest, prosecutors said
Foreign holidays remain a top priority for Europeans despite economic and security worries, tour operator Thomas Cook said on March 28, reporting a 40 percent jump in bookings to Greece and signs of a recovery in travel to Turkey and Egypt
The wives of soldiers granted asylum by Norway after the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt are among the suspects of the case into the leaking of Turkey’s Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) questions in 2010
A top Turkish official has said a technical delegation will visit the United Kingdom to discuss the in-cabin ban on electronic devices, adding that he believes the U.K. will likely lift the ban for flights from Turkey
Israel’s attitude is to blame for the failure to reach a peaceful and just solution to the Palestinian issue, Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız has said.
The International Association of Judges (IAJ) has published an appeal regarding the situation of the judiciary in Turkey, citing a recent report by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission that noted Turkey’s proposed constitutional changes were a big setback for democracy.
A city council in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has approved raising the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) flag over official buildings, receiving protests from Turkmen and Arab members of the council
Some 38,000 Turkish citizens living abroad cast their votes on the first day of voting in the constitutional referendum to decide on whether to shift the country to an executive presidential system with vastly enhanced powers for the president
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Three jailed militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attempted to overturn the constitutional order and establish a caliphate in Turkey by staging attacks with “serious weapons,” according to a decision by a court regarding the case into ISIL militants who killed three people on March 20, 2014, in the Central Anatolian province of Niğde
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has questioned why all general board meetings of Turkey’s state-run lenders have been postponed until after the referendum, speculating that the government may be “afraid of something in their balance sheets.”
Turkey’s Meat and Milk Board (ESK) started offering carcass meat for cheaper prices to butchers and delicatessens to ease increases in red meat prices as of March 27
An investigation has been launched into the local neighborhood heads who participated in a meeting organized by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the Gülşehir district of the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir
Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) has sent files regarding the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen living in Germany to German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) after gathering information on them by spying, according to German media reports
Over 407,000 new jobs were created between Jan. 1 and March 27 in Turkey, a top official has said, adding that around 1 million new jobs were expected to be offered by June
Some 130 illegal rifles and 30 pistols were discovered during a raid on a shop selling circumcision clothes in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district late on March 27
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President Tayyip Erdoğan was asked in a live interview on Habertürk TV on March 27 about German newspaper Bild’s headline in Turkish and German that day.
No, it is not your navigator giving you directions while you are driving. It is the way politics are shaping up in the world these days. Most recently, the U.S. and the Netherlands both decided to move a little to the right.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s gesture of visiting a “no” campaign tent in Istanbul on March 28 was a noteworthy move and a step in the right direction for normalizing the referendum process, after weeks of tension and polarization.
Greek Cypriot politicians staged a very heated verbal exchange in the House of Representatives over reports that ruling Democratic Rally Party (DISI) Chairman Averof Neophytou visited the presidential office in northern Cyprus to discuss ways of overcoming the deadlock in the Cyprus talks during a BBQ with President Mustafa Akıncı.
Weeks ago in this column I questioned the demolition of Istanbul’s Karaköy Passenger Lounge, a building that was supposed to be under first degree protection. Scrutinizing the Passenger Lounge and the historic adjacent post office building, I asked how the Istanbul Conservation Board could have allowed this.
The head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), Professor Mehmet Görmez, said this during an on-the-job training session for religious officials:
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that on the day of the referendum, on April 16, the nation would take possession of the seal. When I read this, I thought, “Well, this means the seal was in the hands of others beforehand.”
As part of a group of journalists, I was recently talking to advisers who took an active part in drafting the constitutional amendments to be put to a public vote on April 16.
Turkey’s State Theaters hosted 1.5 million viewers in the first six months of the 2016-2017 art season
The Pera Museum will be presenting a performance program titled “Look Again” between March 31 and April 2 in collaboration with Performistanbul
Kilims and ceramic trinkets produced by Turkish and Syrian women who attend courses in the Family Support Center in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Harran district are now being sold in Europe, providing income to locals.
Turkey beat Moldova 3-1 in an international friendly on March 27 in Eskişehir thanks to goals from young guns Emre Mor, Cengiz Ünder and Ahmet Çalık
Ümmiye Koçak, who has made a name for herself with a theater group she founded in a southern village, has gained new fame for directing and playing in a commercial with football star Cristiano Ronaldo
The 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards ends, presenting awards to 22 photographers from 17 countries. Frederic Lafargue’s ‘Fleeing from Daesh’ wins Photo of the Year 2017
An ancient sarcophagus smuggled out of Turkey in the 1960s could soon be on its way home following a decision from Swiss prosecutors.
It has been three years since I’ve been a part of the Ski Club International des Journalistes (SCIJ). This year’s meeting is in France, at Val Cenis, a ski resort close to the Italian border
Wood fashioned into lace and sculpted into evening dresses: The Hanae Mori Manuscrit label led the way this Tokyo Fashion Week in showing the world the original craftmanship that helps set Japan apart from the crowd.