The Transport Ministry issued a ban on Turkish-flagged commercial yachts and regular passenger ships sailing to Greece as of Sept. 25
At least 1,000 passengers at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, who were set to travel abroad, were not able to embark early on Sept. 26 due to a breakdown in the Istanbul provincial security directorate’s Polnet data system.
The ancient city of Ephesus, three kilometers southwest of the present-day town of Selçuk in the western province of İzmir, is set to once again have a harbor on the Aegean coast, according to an ambitious new project.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned that all military and economic measures are on the table against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)
Germany will fail to form a government following the recent federal elections in the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 26, blasting Berlin’s "anti-Turkey stance" before the elections.
Iraqi soldiers joined Turkish troops for military exercises in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq on Sept. 26 as the two countries coordinate steps in response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.
A number of radical changes regarding entrance to universities in Turkey are on the way, with the announcement that 10 universities in the country have been determined as research-focused universities and that the current university entrance exam system will be completely changed.
An Istanbul court ordered the release of veteran journalist Kadri Gürsel on Sept. 25 in the third hearing of the case into critical Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
Ankara will regard any attempt to freeze or suspend accession talks as a breaking of the negotiation process, Turkey’s EU Minister Ömer Çelik has said.
Russia will start the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems to Turkey in a “minimum of two years,” Defense Industries Undersecretary İsmail Demir stated on Sept. 25.
Hakan Atilla, a deputy general manager of Halkbank who was arrested in the U.S. in March on charges of cooperating with Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab in order to evade sanctions against Iran, has requested that a total of 15 Turkish witnessed be listened to by the court.
Turkey will offer subsidies to A-group tourism operators of cruise ships bringing foreign tourists into the country in a bid to bolster visitor numbers which have fallen sharply due to a series of bomb attacks of 2016.
Turkey’s Supreme Court has ruled that use of smartphone application ByLock can be considered as evidence of membership of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), widely believed to have been behind the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
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A major airline passengers group has lauded Turkish Airlines as a Five-Star Global Airline based on passenger experience and comfort, Turkey’s flag carrier announced on Sept. 26.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu has questioned a protocol signed between the Education Ministry and the Ensar Foundation, an Islamic-inspired children’s group that was previously embroiled in a major child abuse scandal.
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Outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants killed three migrants on Sept. 25 and injured seven others, one critically, in the eastern province of Ağrı, according to a military source.
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The Syrian government is open to negotiations with Kurds over their demand for autonomy within Syria’s borders, the foreign minister has said, striking a conciliatory tone as military tensions worsen between the sides in eastern Syria.
WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse
U.S. President Donald Trump will host Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the White House next week, in a personal triumph for a Thai autocrat who was shunned by Barack Obama’s administration for his regime’s dismal rights record.
Japan said on Sept. 26 it killed 177 whales off its northeast coast in an annual hunt that sparks anger among animal rights activists and others.
NEW DELHI – Agence France-Presse
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed that every home in India will have electricity by December 2018 as he moves to shore up voter support amid doubts over his handling of the economy.
North Korea is bolstering its defenses by moving aircraft to its east coast and taking other measures after US bombers flew close to the Korean peninsula
Police officers raided 211 addresses at dawn on Sept. 26 and detained at least 150 suspects in a major anti-narcotics operation in the southern Turkish province of Adana.
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“We warned you that the far right is on the rise,” said Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on Sept. 25, implicitly addressing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as if she was not aware of the rise in xenophobic, even racist votes in her own country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has proven to be both a lifesaver and a troublemaker for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
As expected, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the German elections with 33 percent of the votes. This is less than expected but a victory it still is. The real winner, however, appears to be the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which gained an unprecedented 13 percent of the votes.
There is a book called “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by the author Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Those who have not read it, please do.
Parliamentary elections in Germany have resulted in the fourth consecutive victory of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has apparently lost considerable support and received the second worst result in elections since 1949.
As we enter the last months of the year, which was expected to be difficult, the latest developments in domestic and foreign policies increase these complications more. Clearly, it is difficult to ensure stability in the economy at a time when nothing goes in its normal pace.
Thanks to Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Masoud Barzani’s move to hold a referendum on carving out an independent Kurdistan, the Middle East is once again a high-risk spot, competing with the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
Ankara may be right to be alarmed by the northern Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) call for referendum, as it could herald a radical change along Turkey’s southern border.
The Yılmaz Büyükerşen Beeswax Sculpture Museum, which has been visited by more than 1 million people in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir since it opened four years ago, is now in Istanbul. The museum, opened in the Özdilek Park Istanbul shopping mall in the Levent neighborhood, is home to over 100 beeswax sculptures.
A settlement from 11,500 years ago has been unearthed in Hasankeyf Mound. People lived in the settlement for 1,000 years but later abandoned it, excavations reveal
The Fire of Anatolia, a dance group synthesizing the music and culture of Anatolia with modern and folk dances, is working on new shows. One of them aims to draw attention to tragedies refugees face in Turkey
Tens of thousands of coffee lovers flocked to the Istanbul Coffee Festival held between Sept. 21 and 24 to sip on different kinds of coffees from all around the world.
The secrets behind the construction of the oldest and only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the World have been locked within its limestone and granite walls for centuries.
Turkish champion Beşiktaş wants to maintain its good start to the Champions League on Sept. 26 when it hosts RB Leipzig for the first time as the German upstart hunts a maiden win in its debut season in Europe.
The Mediterranean basin is the cradle of civilizations, no doubt about it.
Stuffed, rolled, baked or fried: rice paper rules in food-obsessed Vietnam, where diners have spurned factory-made versions for homespun ones, propping up a thriving cottage industry in the Mekong Delta.
An Istanbul derby between Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş on the night of Sept. 23 descended into farce amid five red cards, 10 yellow cards, and two penalties, with the home side Fenerbahçe eventually extending its unbeaten streak against the visitors to 15 games with a 2-1 victory.