Turkey’s main stock exchange, Borsa Istanbul, has become the first institution to convert all of its cash assets into the Turkish Lira
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved a bill on Dec. 2 that will gradually increase sentences for the sexual abuse of children nine days before a Constitutional Court annulment over the content of the crime goes into effect
One person was killed and two others were wounded due to the explosion of a fuel tanker in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district on Dec. 2, Doğan News Agency has reported
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said he has no concern that a constitutional amendment on a presidential system will be approved by at least 330 votes in parliament, repeating his call for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to join the joint effort of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on the motion.
The prosecutor in the Mavi Marmara case demanded its dismissal on Dec. 2, citing a reconciliation deal signed between Turkey and Israel, one day after Israel’s new ambassador to Ankara, Eitan Na’eh, arrived in the Turkish capital to take up his post
Mistreatment is widespread in post-coup attempt detentions in Turkey, U.N. human rights expert Nils Melzer has said, referring to numerous testimonies from inmates, their lawyers and civil society organizations he met last week in the country
It is not possible to determine the number of journalists currently under arrest in Turkey, Turkey’s Justice Ministry has stated in response to a lawmaker’s written questionnaire
Turkey’s government and Central Bank have been taking required measures to ensure the country suffers only minimal effects from the latest temporary fluctuation in the economy, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, adding that the cabinet was set to make an evaluation on economic issues during a new economic coordination board (EKK) meeting late on Dec. 2
Three soldiers were killed and six were wounded in an operation against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the eastern province of Hakkari early on Dec. 2, Doğan News Agency has reported
A prosecutor’s office in Istanbul, which ordered the detention of Doğan Holding’s Ankara representative, Barbaros Muratoğlu, has cited articles published in two pro-government newspapers as evidence, daily Hürriyet has learned
Demark announced on Dec. 2 that it would not extend a six-month mission for seven F-16 jets deployed at the İncirlik Air Base in the southern Turkish province of Adana, currently participating in the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said there are registries of aircrafts that flew over the region where Turkish troops were hit in northern Syria on Nov. 24, and the truth would be eventually understood, hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied either Moscow’s or Syria’s involvement in the strike.
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The name of the historic new “Eurasia tunnel” crossing under Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait will be be chosen through an online poll, Turkey’s transport minister has said
Turkey’s prison population rose by nearly 12 percent in 2015, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on Dec. 2
The four political parties in Turkey’s parliament agreed on Dec. 1 to establish a committee to investigate potential negligence in a deadly fire at a girls’ dormitory in the southern province of Adana
One of the judges who is trying 35 suspects for the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink in 2007 was detained on Dec. 2 on accusations that he is tied to the Gülenist organization.
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Arrested People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said he knew he would be arrested 15 days before his arrest, during a visit from a committee of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Nov. 30.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Dec. 1 discussed negotiations between Ankara and Brussels on the migrant crisis, as well as the latest developments in the Cypriot peace process, Turkish presidential sources have stated.
The scope of the toll the six-week old battle for Mosul has taken on Iraqi forces emerged Dec. 1, with U.N. figures showing that around 2,000 had been killed in fighting last month alone, while 926 civilians were also killed in fighting in the past month.
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A group of around 1,000 people protested in Turkish Cyprus on Dec. 1 over the decision to abandon Daylight Saving Time, blaming the move for a road crash that killed two schoolgirls.
The Turkish government has raised the special consumption tax on alcoholic drinks and tobacco products, according to a notice in the government’s Official Gazette on Dec. 1
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Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), declared in a joint press conference on Dec. 1 that they had agreed on the draft of a constitutional change to shift Turkey’s parliamentarian system to an executive presidential one.
Probably you keep hearing about it all these days, the concept of “post-truth.” After a spike in use around Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the word “post-truth” has been named as Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.
Turkey was pulled into a nightmarish situation with the failed July 15 coup attempt.
In 2004 when the then prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was receiving praise after praise from the West’s blind leaders for his “reformism and supreme democratic credentials,” he abruptly reverted to his Islamist self: He drafted a bill that would outlaw adultery. Under pressure from Brussels, he had to drop the idea, but since then, he has danced around the theme of outlawing “sins” stated in the Islamic holy book.
The significance of the famous French writer and thinker Albert Camus’ quote, “One way to know a country is to know how people die there,” was once again learned by us the other day, when 11 young girls and one educator burned to death in the Aladağ district of the southern province of Adana
The TV was showing orange and blue body bags being unloaded from an ambulance.
There are still things that all concerned parties can do to save relations between Turkey and the EU, which currently seem to be on a crash course heading to the wall.
Around 5,000 foreign fighters from Western Europe are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Turkish pianist İdil Biret’s 75th birthday will be celebrated at a concert by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 3 in Ankara.
A new exhibition by Oliver Ressler at SALT Galata brings together photographic works, wall texts, films and installations addressing migration, borders, citizenship, capital and alternative economics
Models were on the runway during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris. Performances by Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars accompanied the show
Turkey has entered the top 10 countries with the most items on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List, with the addition of traditional flatbread during the 11th official meeting.
Five Nobel prize winners, including Turkey’s laureate Orhan Pamuk, called on Dec. 1 for urgent international action to protect world heritage sites from the destruction wrought by extremist groups and conflicts.
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Vertebrate fossils unearthed in excavations in Kırşehir will be displayed at a new museum set to be established in Cappadocia
A partnership project featuring nine international research centers located in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district has been launched.
Erdal Tosun, a well-known Turkish actor of stage and screen, died early on Nov. 30 in a car accident in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district