Turkish artillery units are shelling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group in Bashiqa near Mosul, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Oct. 23
The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Oct. 22 issued a security notice over potential terror attacks targeting citizens and other foreigners living in the city
The Turkish military said on Oct. 23 that it had hit a total of eight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and 51 Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) targets in northern Syria as part of the Euphrates Shield operation.
Ankara rules out Turkish troops participation in a ground offensive to retake Mosul but float the idea of a safe zone for refugees and security
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has finalized preparations for a draft of a constitutional amendment, which will change the country’s parliamentary system to an executive presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Oct. 23
Sharpshooters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group have become a threat in the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk in Iraq on the third day of clashes, with security forces still tracking down the militants
Dozens of Turkish diplomats, military officers and their families have sought asylum in Germany since the July 15 coup attempt, local officials have said
Four militants with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s Dohuk district were “neutralized” on Oct. 23 during an operation with an armed drone, according to the Turkish military, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported
A law on the Istanbul Finance Center (IFC) will soon be issued, Finance Minister Naci Ağbal has said, adding that the center will offer many opportunities to attract investors
Two police officers were killed and nine people were wounded in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack late on Oct. 22 in the eastern province of Bingöl, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Some 15,000 exporters will be offered a special kind of passport that will enable holders to acquire visas quicker and gain visa-free entrance to many countries as part of new incentives in the sector, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has said
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, are co-financing the development of a 769.6-million-euro high-tech hospital in İzmir
ISTANBUL - Agence France-Presse
Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines on Oct. 21 said it has banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from all of its flights with immediate effect after reports of fire risk
Dr. R. Erdem Erkul, who has been representing Turkey for the last six years at the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and was selected as vice president two years ago, is once again a candidate for the position in the coming term
BAGHDAD – Agence France-Presse
Iraq’s parliament has voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties
Prisoners in the Black Sea province of Giresun got a special day out on Oct. 22 after a local prosecutor permitted them to attend a match between local side Giresunspor and Boluspor in Turkey’s second tier.
SAN FRANCISCO - Agence France-Presse
Cyber attacks pounded the underpinnings of the internet on Oct. 21, crippling Twitter, Netflix and other major websites with the help of once-dumb devices made smart with online connections
CARACAS – Reuters
Led by women dressed in white, several thousand Venezuelans marched through Caracas on Oct. in the first of what the opposition hopes will be growing protests against the quashing of a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro.
Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, a sharp rise owing to favorable weather, growing insecurity and declining international support for counter-narcotics operations, the U.N. said on Oct. 23.
Most inmates of a northern Haitian prison escaped on Oct. 22 after killing a guard and stealing firearms, said authorities who launched a manhunt with support from U.N. peacekeepers for the 174 fugitives.
CAIRO – The Associated Press
A little known Egyptian group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior Egyptian army officer outside his suburban Cairo home.
TOKYO - Agence France-Presse
One person was killed and at least two injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Oct. 23, the local fire department said
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Turkey is revisiting a long-standing discussion on whether it should adopt a presidential system through a constitutional amendment after Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli opened a new page on the issue.
“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come,” said Victor Hugo famously. True, nothing is as powerful as something whose time has come. The same applies to Turkey’s “Mosul question.”
Most of those who know Turkey’s human rights community probably also know Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu. He is a medical doctor from the city of Kocaeli, and has been a devoted human rights activist for decades.
Whomever I speak to about living in India, they scream, “Noooo!!!”
“The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind,” writes John Maynard Keynes in the opening sentence of The Economic Consequences of the Peace. “Very few of us realize with conviction the intensely unusual, unstable, complicated, unreliable, temporary nature of the … organization by which Western Europe has lived for the last half century.”
It is difficult to find happiness when you feel your life is constantly under threat. People who live in warzones or in places where terrorism is a daily reality experience this struggle.
The chief source of new problems is solutions to old problems.
The efforts by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) to effect a constitutional shift from Turkey’s parliamentary system to an executive-presidential one have stepped up with support from Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul women’s volleyball team retained their world title in a 3-2 over Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy in Philippine capital Manila on Oct. 23
Some of the first visitors at a newly opened Quran exhibition on Oct. 22 said they hoped the display would help overcome prejudice and spread awareness about Islam
The third Istanbul Design Biennial, “Are We Human? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years,” will open this weekend with events around the city for the next month.
The Levantine Heritage Foundation will organize its second interdisciplinary conference, “The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge,” between Nov. 2 and 4 in London’s Europe House and the Hellenic Center.
Praxis Perform, an İzmir-based group of actors, takes on censorship, sexual violence and resistance in a one-woman play on the French Revolution and the death of Marat.
The ancient city of Misis in Adana has been the site of archaeological excavations for the past four years. The castle, ancient theater and historic Roman-era windmills are some of the attractions in the city.
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The first international performance platform in Turkey to bring performance artists together, Performistanbul, is starting the new season with a series of performances and events that will take place at Art ON Istanbul, BLOK Art Space and Artnivo Project Space.
Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar hit a brace as Ricardo Quaresma-inspired Beşiktaş ended Napoli’s dreams of making Champions League history with a 3-2 win at the San Paolo on Oct. 19