Turkey and Greece are working on a new ferry line between Thessaloniki and İzmir which is expected to set sail in early 2017, drawing the countries closer together in the process
The Turkish Interior Ministry has updated its list of individuals linked to terrorist organizations, adding Adil Öksüz, one of major suspects of the July 15 coup attempt, and putting a 4 million-Turkish Lira bounty on his head
An iconic restaurant founded in 1901 in the historic Spice Bazaar and popular spot among international celebrities is set to close due to a dramatic plunge in the number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul and ongoing restoration works in the bazaar
Ankara is set to ask Washington to arrest the U.S.-resident Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of masterminding the bloody July 15 coup attempt, in order to “isolate” him from his network, while legal proceedings on the demand to extradite Gülen continue, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has told the Hürriyet Daily News
Istanbul should be the center of the United Nations, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said in a written statement on the 71st year of its foundation
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ, accompanied by lawmakers from opposition parties, departed to the United States on Oct. 25 to hold talks on Turkey’s demand for the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, the Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher accused of orchestrating the failed July 15 military coup
The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has called on the government to continue its fight against coup plotters within the boundaries of democracy, human rights and the rule of law as halting democracy would not help prevent future coups
Turkey is ready to launch a ground operation in Iraq if it feels threatened by developments there, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Oct. 25, at a time when a U.S.-backed offensive to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the city of Mosul is on the agenda
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (MHP) interprets recent statements by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on a presidential system as “support” in a potential parliamentary vote on constitutional amendments, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said
A majority of the Turkish society does not want a presidential system, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ said on Oct. 25 as a debate on constitutional changes continues to gain momentum
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will decide on its stance on a constitutional amendment that will include a presidential system after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) submits a draft to parliament, MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli said Oct. 25.
The Turkish government has started to canvass public opinion regarding a major new highway project connecting Istanbul to the northern Aegean region
The Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office ordered the detention of 45 people over the controversial “Cosmic Room” investigation, opened back in 2009 following an alleged plot to assassinate former Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç. Some 23 of those on the detention list were detained by police at various addresses, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Ten people were injured early on Oct. 25 in an explosion that occurred in the parking lot of the Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) in southern Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Russia is due to conduct an unarmed observation flight over Turkish territory following the normalization of relations between the two countries, a Turkish diplomatic source said Oct. 24.
A militant from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who was sought with a reward of 1 million Turkish Liras has been killed in the eastern province of Bitlis
İpek İzci – ISTANBUL
A Turkish journalist has begun a research project in which he collects and analyzes different kinds of waste thrown into dumpsters in various parts of Istanbul and İzmir in a bid to ultimately create Turkey’s first waste map.
A new report prepared by Human Rights Watch calls on the Turkish authorities to “reinstate safeguards” that have been discarded by the state of emergency decree laws, thus paving the way for torture and maltreatment of detainees in Turkish jails
As Iraqi forces were inching closer to Mosul, the Western defense chiefs from the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) met in Paris to review the offensive on the jihadist bastion
MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Reuters
Russia said on Oct. 25 that Russian and Syrian military planes had not launched air strikes on Aleppo since Moscow said it was suspending bombing seven days ago, contradicting reports that air strikes in some areas of the city resumed on Oct. 22
Sadi Özdemir – ISTANBUL
A Turkish entrepreneur has established an official betting system particularly for camel and horse races and sporting competitions in Ghana, with his company reaching 100,000 people on a monthly basis and creating 2,000 jobs
A 5-year-old child has died after being struck by an armored police vehicle as he was playing on a street in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak.
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Turkey has started debating the presidential system in an awkward way.
Turkey is going through a historically important process. Turkish troops are in both Iraq and Syria, actively fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside and outside Turkey, and its offshoot the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria
There is a Turkish proverb, “The sheikh doesn’t fly, his followers make him fly.” The meaning is clear.
The optimists were optimistic that former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s forced de-parture in May and his replacement with the pragmatic Binali Yıldırım would recalibrate Turkey’s Sunni Islamist-based foreign (and domestic) policy.
On Oct. 22, an interesting symposium was held by Kuramer, or the “Qur’an Research Center,” at May 29 University, a government-owned Islamic institution for higher education in Istanbul. The topic was “The Faith in the Awaited Savior.” More specifically, what was addressed was the Islamic belief in the “Mahdi,” or the Islamic version of the Jewish Messiah, who is expected to emerge at the end of times and save Muslims, and ultimately humanity, from evil.
The 16-year-old pop singer Aleyna Tilki has been banned from taking the stage in bars in Turkey.
A milder course has been followed since the beginning of the week, but expectations on foreign exchange rates are worsening. We see that the estimates of foreign analysts, especially on the Turkish Lira value of the U.S. dollar exchange rate, are increasing.
A Hittite village project, designed for the 30th anniversary of Hattusha’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will recreate daily life in the Hittite kingdom of 3,500 years ago
As Turkish contemporary artists and galleries open to the international art scene, the awareness and knowledge of the country’s art scene has also increased. With the new trends in world contemporary art, Turkey’s art scene has become more famous. The Hürriyet Daily News spoke to 15 prominent names in the Turkish art scene to find out about the rising names in the country
More than 40 ancient shipwrecks from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods have been found during a mapping expedition in the depths of the Black Sea where there is no light and no oxygen, the Daily Mail has reported.
Ali Koç, a former official of Turkey’s Fenerbahçe and a third-generation member of Turkey’s wealthiest family, has confirmed he will run as a candidate in a bid to replace the Istanbul-based club’s chairman, Aziz Yıldırım
Members of the Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul women’s volleyball team, which won the world title in the Philippine capital Manila on Oct. 23, was given a hero’s welcome upon arriving back at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on Oct. 25
An interesting memorial ceremony was held on Sept. 7 in the Hungarian city of Szigetvar with the participation of Turkish, Hungarian and Croatian officials, as well as thousands of visitors.
Miniature artist Taner Alakuş’s third solo exhibition, ‘Auto portrait,’ curated by Ceylan Harmancı, will open at the Caddebostan Culture Center Art Gallery on Oct 20
The 53rd Antalya International Film Festival ended on Oct. 23 with a closing gala and the traditional Golden Orange award ceremony held at the EXPO 2016 Antalya Congress Center.
Istanbul returns to Hollywood with ‘Inferno,’ the latest film version of a work by Dan Brown, although the teeming metropolis is again shoehorned into just a few locations in the old city