Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ, who has been in jail for three months on terror charges, has lost her parliamentary status for a prison sentence she received in a previous case
HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who is currently under arrest, was sentenced on Feb. 21 to five months in prison on charges of "insulting the state and its institutions,” while the party’s Diyarbakır Deputy İdris Baluken was arrested for a second time in Ankara
A man who drew widespread criticism over a photo which showed him stepping on a Syrian worker’s stomach that was captioned “A Turk’s revenge on a Syrian” has been detained and sent to court with a demand for his arrest
A war of words heats up between Ankara and Tehran ahead of a conference on Syria, with Iran accusing Turkey ‘of trying to rebuild an empire’
Fethullah Gülen, who is widely believed to be behind the July 15 coup attempt, will account for his actions, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Feb. 21
More Turkish journalists are currently in jail than were in prison under junta rule in the 1980s, main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, slamming the government for staging a “civilian coup” in an attempt to stage a purge after the July 2016 coup.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has slammed nationalist circles that have launched a campaign against constitutional amendments that will usher in an executive presidential government system in spite of the party leadership’s vigorous support for the change
The trial for the killing of a Turkish anti-coup soldier, who has been idolized for his resistance during a raid on the Special Forces Command in Ankara before he was killed by coup plotting soldiers, has started.
A prosecutor who called on National Intelligence Agency (MİT) Chief Hakan Fidan to provide testimony in 2012 has been arrested on charges of links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which is widely believed to have masterminded the July 2016 failed coup attempt
One Turkish soldier and at least 44 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were killed in northern Syria during clashes as part of Turkey’s ongoing Euphrates Shield operation
Resuming interrupted peace talks on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is up to the Greek Cypriots, said the Turkish Cypriot leader, two days before a planned leaders’ meeting.
A delegation of the Venice Commission, headed by Honorary President Hanna Suchocka, has arrived in Turkey to hold talks with Turkish authorities on the recent constitutional amendments
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) has approved a change in its zoning plan for the city’s historical peninsula, despite objection from its local urban planning office, which claimed the new regulation would lead to “irreversible” outcomes.
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Turkey’s leading defense systems producer ASELSAN has marked an increase of 273 percent in its net profit in 2016 when compared with 2015
Israel will provide Turkish business leaders with longer visas to the country in the future, according to Israel’s consul general to Istanbul, Shai Cohen.
Ongoing operations in areas of the southeastern province of Mardin are proceeding “within legal boundaries,” the local governor’s office has claimed amid growing concern following allegations of human rights abuses in one village
Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mihriban Aliyeva, to the first vice-president post, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Feb. 21
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal Erdoğan’s father-in-law, Orhan Uzuner, has formed a platform to prevent a “possible coup attempt.”
An armed attack was staged on pro-government journalist Cem Küçük’s house in Istanbul’s Güngören district late Feb. 20
The administration of a religious vocational high school in the western province of Aydın has filed complaint against a group of students for listening to Kurdish music and dancing the “halay” folk dance
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Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Feb. 20 after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said
Turkey’s tourist industry is set for a rebound in 2017 following difficult times in 2016, according to the general manager of SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
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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.
There are 50-something days left until the critical referendum that will change the executive branch in Turkey. If approved, the constitutional amendments will annul the position of the prime minister and unite the executive powers under the president.
Years ago many journalists, intellectuals and academics faced prosecution for daring to criticize a constitutional text written under the dictate of the five ruling generals that was submitted to a national referendum.
Those who will run referendum campaign rallies are not on the road yet. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held rallies for the “yes” vote in five cities already, right after his return from his trip to the Gulf region
“Those who are against the presidential system are wrong and unfortunately lying,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
The possibility of President Donald Trump’s decision to lift some sanctions that were imposed on Russia has created some concern in both the media and among experts and even sparked arguments that such a course of action may affect international law enforcement in the most negative way.
Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation into Syria has delivered a major blow to the revenues of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, according to a report by the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) and leading consultant group Ernst and Young (EY).
“If you are going to be hanged, be hanged with an English rope,” is a famous Turkish saying. Anything that has the act of hanging cannot really imply something positive, but this saying has a positive connotation in reference to the British.
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
One of the world’s leading institutions for the study of ancient Iraq, the British Museum trains Iraqi experts in high-tech methods to preserve and document their history
Fenerbahçe will be searching for a much-needed victory when it hosts Russian club Krasnodar in the second leg of a Europa League round of 32 clash.
Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport
Turkish TV dramas, which have drawn great attention in Latin America, can reach wider audiences and contribute to Turkey’s promotion and tourism with the help of collaborations with these countries, officials say
A 100-year ginnery in the southern province of Mersin’s Tarsus district has been restored and has started serving as the Gözlükule Mound Research Center for academic research and archaeological works.
The works of Mersad Berber, one of the leading representatives of Bosnian-Herzegovinian art in the second half of the 20th century, are on display at Pera Museum
The first sign of spring will be falling today. In my childhood, I remember the dates marking the change of seasons were closely guarded.