At least 19 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in air strikes carried out by Turkish jets in northern Iraq, the military announced on Dec. 10
A court in Istanbul on Dec. 9 dropped the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid case that saw charges being brought against four Israeli suspects, including the then chief of Israeli General Staff
No obstacles left in the AKP and MHP talks for a charter shift, which includes system change, PM Yıldırım says. The draft will be sent to parliament on Dec. 10
A U.S. official has categorically denied recent media reports claiming that Washington was preparing to send Stinger missiles, an effective weapon in air defense, to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara considers a terrorist group.
A state in which power is concentrated in one hand is not just, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said
Roger Hardy speaks to Hürriyet Daily News about his book ‘The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East,’ a vivid account of the half-century between 1917 and 1967
The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition stated on Dec. 8 that it was facilitating joint talks with Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to simmer down tensions between the two parties that are both fighting jihadists in northern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed his gratitude to people who joined campaigns to shore up the struggling lira, but added that it was insufficient, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported
Turkish business representatives have welcomed a number of key measures announced by the government aimed at boosting the ailing economy and shoring up the Turkish Lira
A total of 300 Turkish commandos will join Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation, according to a military source, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported Dec. 9
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will “face destruction” after April 2017, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has predicted
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ready to “play ball” on reaching a deal to reunify divided Cyprus because it would help resolve overarching regional issues including mending Turkey’s relations with the European Union, a United Nations envoy said Dec. 8
Selahattin Demirtaş, one of the two jailed co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has said he did not insult President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader did by calling the head of state a “thief.”
The Turkish education system still has some shortcomings, but it is in a “much better position” than in previous years, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said Dec. 8.
ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
An EU counter-terrorism report that was set to be presented to European interior ministers on Dec. 9 said cooperation with Turkey and other regional countries is “essential.”
Six female teachers who volunteered to provide additional education to 35 students in a village of the Karabağlar district in the western province of İzmir barely escaped sexual assault by a group of men in the village in May
ADANA – Doğan News Agency
Police teams in the southern Turkish province of Adana on Dec. 9 raided an apartment used as a set for a YouTube series, after receiving calls from local residents about its storage of fake long-barreled weapons, which they thought were real.
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON – Reuters
Residents of the remote Solomon Islands rushed into the hills after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck early on Dec. 9, with some reports of small tsunami waves as aftershocks rattled the South Pacific nation.
The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) on Dec. 8 decided to suspend the observer status of the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), citing concerns that the body is no longer sufficiently independent from the state’s executive and legislature branches.
Fifty-one academics out of 87 who were issued detention warrants have been detained by police at Istanbul University over suspected links to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of orchestrating the July 15 failed coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
İsmet Sezgin, a former parliament speaker of Turkey who died aged 88 on Dec. 7, was laid to rest following an official ceremony at the Turkish Parliament
AMSTERDAM – The Associated Press
A Dutch court convicted populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders of hate speech Dec. 9 at the end of a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech.
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In a statement on Dec. 7, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan underlined that Turkey was on the eve of “very crucial” decisions on the European Union, in reference to ongoing negotiations on granting visa liberalization to Turkish citizens.
Earlier this week, the American dollar rose to a record high against the Turkish Lira, upon which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on citizens to convert their foreign exchange into liras. Yet it is not only Turks who are concerned nowadays. There are some who are in a much worse situation than us: The Mexicans.
Since my late 20s I have defined myself, politically speaking, as a classical liberal.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said, “We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes…” He continued, “Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], and we will.”
According to those who are ruling our country, we are experiencing an international attack. It is said that they have trained their “economy weapons” on us and are firing.
Last I checked, on Dec. 8, it had dwindled down to 0. Just 14 months ago, on Oct. 20, 2015, it was more than 10,000, mind you. Prefer long-term averages? The daily average was around 5,000 for November 2015 and 66 for November 2016.
İstiklal Avenue, the heart of Istanbul, is bleeding. Shops are being closed down. We are all telling each other about how major brands are moving out of the street but we are not actually doing anything about it.
Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Syria are about to gain control of the country’s second city of Aleppo as rebel groups seek ways to exit their last positions
On the 82nd anniversary of women getting the right to vote Turkey, Erospolis takes a look at semantics around women and wonders how we can urge ‘Votes for Women’ if we continue to ‘euphemize’ the term ‘women’ by using ‘ladies’ and ‘girls’ instead
The Street Art Istanbul App, which guides users around the city to discover the art of the streets, suggests over 50 locations, many of which are hidden away in the backstreets
Turkey will have three teams in the Europa League when the European football’s second-tier competition resumes with the round of 32 in February
Turkish cymbal producer Mustafa Er produces hand-made cymbals with 12 workers in Edirne’s Uzunköprü district. The cymbals are sold to musicians all around the world
With just over a week to go before its release, excitement is building for the eighth installment in George Lucas’s sci-fi saga ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’
Turkish actress Tuba Büyüküstün, who has many fans around the world thanks to her appearance in various TV series, especially in the Middle East, drew great interest at the recent 13th Dubai International Film Festival.
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Curated this year by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, titled ‘A good neighbor,’ will deal with notions of neighborhood and home while exploring how living modes have changed. The biennial will take place between Sept 16 and Nov 12, 2017
The strained glass and mosaic pieces unearthed in the Bathonea excavations in Istanbul reveal that centuries ago people had high-standard lives in the region