Turkish leaders have said protecting Islamic sites in the Holy Land is a sacred mission for them, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan bluntly warning any attack against the 8th-century al-Aqsa Mosque is no different than an attack on the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca.
'This happens when you carry on a business in 2014 with a 1960 model car,' said Faruk Çelik, without elaborating on why the government has not improved such an obsolete system in its 12 years in office
The international community has to take 'all required steps' on the issue, Erdoğan said
The Turkish government has announced the first nine programs of a detailed economic transformation plan that is aimed at reaching ambitious economic goals and boosting the economy
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
This is from this column nearly two years ago: “The bitter truth is that Turkey is too oriental for the European Union, too non-Arab for the Arab League, too non-African for the African Union, too irrelevant for ASEAN and the Union of South American Nations and too western for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (‘The Shanghai seven?’ Feb. 8, 2013).”
Category: ERDAL SAĞLAM
Despite the fall in world commodity prices, primarily oil, in Turkey inflation rates cannot be pulled down to the desired level.
Iraq’s new Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari will visit Turkey from Nov. 5-7 in a bid to restore bilateral ties that deteriorated during then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s term
PM Davutoğlu has accused Syrian forces of committing massacres in and around Aleppo and said Turkey would face a major new refugee crisis if Syria's second city were to fall into his hands
Greek FM Evangelos Venizelos will pay a visit to Turkey in late November amid Cyprus talks that have stalled over a dispute over the island’s natural resources
Turkish PM Davutoğlu stressed there was 'no lack of communication' between economy administration officials
Turkey’s newly inaugurated presidential palace draws more criticism from the opposition, with references to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and the 11th century assassin stronghold of Alamut
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is adamant that Turkey will not send troops into Kobani, or anywhere else in Syria, to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The incident took place Nov. 4 after an assailant entered the HDP’s provincial branch building, and was confronted by Ahmet Karataş, a member of the HDP’s Party Assembly
The quarrel between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) over the Kurdish peace process continues to roil Ankara politics
Turkey’s government will announce a nine-package plan of structural economic reforms on Nov. 6, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announces
The promotion of the Kurdish fighters for their battle against jihadists in the Syrian border town of Kobane is actually meant to lay the ground for the establishment of an independent Kurdista
Category: YUSUF KANLI
It was good that the Interior Ministry’s press section issued a statement and corrected a statement attributed to Interior Minister Efkan Ala that the Turkish state has lost control of the southeastern parts of the country to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) gang.
Category: ARIANA FERENTINOU
Last week’s meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) dealt with the country’s important domestic and external issues and thus determined its policy priorities for the immediate future.
The government should end its patronizing attitude toward the HDP, a leading member of the party has stated, while PM Davutoğlu called on the HDP 'to act like a real political party'
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who headed the Justice and Development Party (AKP) consultancy and evaluation meeting in the western province of Afyon on Nov. 1
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