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
Major renovation efforts worth around 10 million Turkish Liras at Istanbul’s historic Topkapı Palace have started, after deep crevices were found in the treasury room of the Ottoman-era palace in July
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
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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
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.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said it is providing $55 million in new funds to Turkish lender İş Bank to finance private companies investing in renewable energy and resource efficiency projects in Turkey, in a written statement on Oct. 25
The U.S. Department of State issued an update to its travel warning to Turkey on Oct. 24 over “increased terror threats from terrorist groups” across the country
The newly elected head of the Istanbul Bar Association, Mehmet Durakoğlu, has said the bar now “belongs to everyone.”
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There was only one good aspect of the diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey that erupted after the downing of a Russian war plane by Turkish jets on the Syrian border nearly a year ago: The possible suspension of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project.
Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, a former Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry who is Turkey’s new “point man” at the U.N., believes the Middle East has to move toward a secular and democratic future.
I recently asked Mustafa Ataş, the head of the organization of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), whether the government had run any drills for what would happen in the event of a coup d’état before the July 15 coup attempt.
Having bid farewell to the final TV debate between the two candidates in America’s presidential election, we have now entered the last round in the race to succeed Barack Obama in the White House.
We knew that the number of children serving jail sentences with their mothers was around 400; we learned the exact figure of 476 from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ.
The city of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and the tourism hub of the country, Antalya, the destination for sun- and sea-loving tourists on the same coastline, are 500 kilometers apart. Antalya is in the ancient Pamphylia and Mersin is in the ancient Cilicia region.
On a live TV show on Oct. 22, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said his government was preparing for a new decree in the force of law (KHK) in order to return those dismissed from their public jobs “by mistake” in the wake of the probes after the military coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.
Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated in a TV interview last week that “they want to raise a new generations who will go out onto the streets with flags, as in the case of the July 15 coup attempt.” It means that we will live under the permanent threat of a coup for many years, meaning that in 20 years’ time, we will need people to stop expected atrocities by rushing onto the street with flags. It means that we will live for decades with vigilance against “internal enemies.”
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
As American as apple pie, Halloween is generally perceived as a truly American invention, and often blamed as an invasion of American culture spreading rapidly across the world
Spor Toto Super League leader Başakşehir, and its closest rival Beşiktaş, remained unbeaten after their Week 8 matches on Oct. 23, as Galatasaray suffered its first league defeat.