The ruling the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is scheduled to submit a draft massive constitutional amendments to parliament following talks with the nationalist opposition once it collects the signatures of its 316 lawmakers.
German citizens with diplomatic passports have started to be investigated and searched in detail at passport control offices at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport after the deputy speaker of Turkish Parliament was temporarily held in an airport in Germany
Some foreign chefs on cooking programs shown on Turkish TV are engaging in spying activities as they travel around the country, Yiğit Bulut, a chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has claimed
A drone that killed four Turkish soldiers last week in Syria might belong to Iran, the Pentagon has said.
PM Yıldırım’s government announces a raft of measures in a bid to salvage the faltering Turkish economy, vowing to tighten the belt in 2017
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has converted all his currency into the Turkish Lira, his spokesman has said, upon questions from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader over the president’s participation in the campaign to shore up the struggling lira
A Greek appeals court rejected on Dec. 8 a decision to extradite the last two of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to the country after the failed coup of July 15, meaning only three soldiers will be extradited to Turkey
Ankara has launched a humanitarian campaign for war-torn Aleppo amid the Syrian regime’s intensified military offensive aiming to capture the remaining parts of city from rebel groups and serious accusations of attacks on civilians
A leading NATO’s top commander said on Dec. 7 that he did not believe Turkish personnel sacked from NATO command were involved in July’s failed coup attempt and has raised his concerns with Turkey about the impact on its armed forces.
The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has quoted Voltaire in his response to critics over his honoring of controversial journalists, saying he would defend the rights of imprisoned journalists even though he disagreed with their opinions
One of the arrested co-chairs of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, has sent a message from prison, saying he is “being held hostage, but it won’t last for very long.”
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) is cooperating with the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the north of Aleppo province, presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said Dec. 8
CNN Türk, its Ankara representative Hande Fırat, and daily Hürriyet columnist Abdulkadir Selvi have received the “Information and Democracy Award” for their critical role in countering the July 15 coup attempt, at the 33rd National Informatics Congress held by the Turkish Informatics Society (TBD) and launched on Dec. 8 by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.
A decree issued by the French government that reformed the general inspection of judicial services practically putting it under the direct control of the government caused a fresh debate between the judiciary and the government as the former accused the latter of breaking the principle of the separation of powers
A Turkish-EU deal on migrants is yielding positive results, the European Commission said on Dec. 8, but no progress was made on the issue of visa-free travel for Turks even though the process has been unblocked for Ukrainians and Georgians
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has unanimously turned down an application by a Turkish teacher who was dismissed by a government decree, saying he had not yet exhausted the domestic legal recourses available to him.
The 5th Turkey Innovation Week, during which dozens of innovation gurus from 10 different countries in various disciplines will meet, started on Dec. 8 in Istanbul
The Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has sent a file on Adil Öksüz, one of the prime suspects of the July 15 coup attempt who was released shortly after his detention, to the parliamentary commission formed to investigate the thwarted coup
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The Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık has reviewed a test for Turkey-made medium-altitude air defense missile Hisar-O which is expected to meet the needs of the Turkish Land Forces Command.
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Serdar Kiğılı, a Turkish restaurateur in the quiet London suburb of Sidcup, and his business partner Tacettin Genç, have suddenly turned into popular figures on social media after announcing plans to offer Christmas dinner to elderly and homeless people in the neighborhood.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Dec. 8 he was “hopeful” about reaching an agreement with Russia over the Syrian city of Aleppo as government forces continued their advance in the city
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The Turkish unit of Chinese lender ICBC completed a 450 million Turkish Lira ($132.55 million) swap transaction at the end of November, banking sources said on Dec. 8, marking the first such deal under an agreement between the two countries
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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
2016 has been the year when the West desperately started to question whether this was the end of the hegemonic liberal democratic order as we know it.
It is not yet certain when the two people of Cyprus will be asked to go to separate simultaneous referenda to vote on an agreement uniting the divided island in a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation.
The Cyprus issue is not independent of the Syrian issue. But while the imperialist intervention that has dragged Syria and Iraq into civil war and divided both still continues, the Cyprus talks have accelerated.
Finally, the loud voice I was hoping to hear has come from Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH). If it had not, the cries for help from the 7-year-old girl in Aleppo may have continued to echo in the void. Finally, people have heard young Bana’s voice calling for protection.
Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week, to wonder where all of the “250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo” have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled – by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime’s troops had recaptured three-quarters of it – did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civilian dead?
Reinstating the death penalty was imposed on the political agenda by the Turkish leadership after the bloody coup attempt of July 15
I have never understood the popularity that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enjoyed in Turkey.
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
Beşiktaş’s hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage were crushed on Dec. 6 when it had two players sent off in a 6-0 mauling by previously winless Dynamo Kiev in Group B
Karagöz and Hacivat, a Turkish traditional shadow theater play, is receiving great interest from Germans thanks to a Turkish father and son in Cologne
Spain’s gift to the Flamenco scene, Los Vivancos, will take the stage in Istanbul to present their newest show, ‘Born to Dance,’ which premiered earlier in April