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Turkish high school entrance test annuled by governement

Turkish high school entrance test annuled by governement

As Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz confirmed on Sept. 19 that Turkey’s high school entrance exam will not be held this year, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) continued to raise concerns on the issue, with one of its deputies claiming that the move aims to funnel students to religion-focused high schools.

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Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait temporarily closed to naval traffic for passage of drilling platform

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait temporarily closed to naval traffic for passage of drilling platform

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait was temporarily closed to naval traffic on Sept. 18 as a giant oil drilling platform made its way through the channel.

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Turkish army launches drill on Iraqi border ahead of KRG referendum

Turkish army launches drill on Iraqi border ahead of KRG referendum

The Turkish army said it launched a military exercise on Turkey-Iraq border on Sept. 18, just a week before the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) is set to hold a referendum on independence.

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Istanbul rally demands ‘secular, scientific’ education

Istanbul rally demands ‘secular, scientific’ education

Turkey’s Union of Education Workers (Eğitim-Sen) and Alevi Bektaşi Federation, a leading umbrella organization of the Alevi community, held a rally in Istanbul’s Kartal district on Sept. 17, demanding a “secular, scientific and public education free-of-charge in the mother tongue.”

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Turkey’s new top cleric enters office, vows to continue struggle against FETÖ

Turkey’s new top cleric enters office, vows to continue struggle against FETÖ

The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) will step up its efforts in the fight against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, new Diyanet head Ali Erbaş said on Sept. 18.

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Millions of students head to school amid debate over removal of Turkish high school entrance exam

Millions of students head to school amid debate over removal of Turkish high school entrance exam

Millions of students will head to school for the new education season amid a fresh debate over the removal of the Turkish high school entrance exam.

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Four PKK militants killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq

Four PKK militants killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq

Four outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in airstrikes by Turkish security forces in northern Iraq on Sept. 18, a local governor’s office said in a statement.

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Smart drive alert system might be compulsory to reduce road accidents: Federation head

Smart drive alert system might be compulsory to reduce road accidents: Federation head

Authorities last week put the issue of the installation of smart drive alert systems into all vehicles on the table during a workshop titled “Traffic Safety and Road Transportation in Ankara,” Sabah newspaper reported on Sept. 17.

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Turkish resort Bodrum covered in smoke after garbage dump fire

Turkish resort Bodrum covered in smoke after garbage dump fire

A fire that broke out at a garbage site in the Aegean resort of Bodrum on Sept. 17 left the touristic district covered in smoke.

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Almost 400,000 seasonal child agricultural laborers in fields across Turkey in 2012: Study

Almost 400,000 seasonal child agricultural laborers in fields across Turkey in 2012: Study

Hundreds of thousands of children across Turkey are working in agriculture, with the latest official figure from five years ago citing the number at 400,000. Experts say the real figure is much higher when Syrian refugee children are included.

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