Nasuh Mahruki, the head of the non-profit Search and Rescue Association (AKUT), has been released on probation, shortly after being referred to court with an arrest demand on Oct. 24 for allegedly “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
French geophysicist Professor Xavier Le Pichon, a researcher focusing on the Marmara fault line for the last 15 years, has warned of a potential earthquake with a 7.6-magnitude, daily Hürriyet has reported. Le Pichon said the Istanbul earthquake is approaching slowly.
A court in Istanbul has finally decided which brand is the real maker of the Sultanahmet “köfte” (meatball) – a favorite among tourists to the city – after four years of legal proceedings.
Turkey is participating “in a multi-faceted way” in the operation to retake Mosul province from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and four Turkish F-16 jets are part of the anti-ISIL coalition forces, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has stressed.
During his official visit to the Turkish capital, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has criticized Ankara’s comparison of the state of emergency in Turkey with the state of emergency in France
Accusing the Republican People’s Party (CHP) of supporting the Gülen movement is nothing but comedy, the social democratic party’s leader has said, blaming the Justice and Development Party (AKP) for preparing the conditions for the failed coup through its generous support to the Gülen movement since it came to power.
The usage of ByLock, an encrypted messaging application that is said to have been used by members of the Gülen Movement under U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, according to a Turkish-origin U.S. citizen, who has been revealed to be the patent holder for the app
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is working on a system that will impose a single parliament, a presidential system and a two-stage election system on the country, the party’s constitution commission head, Mustafa Şentop, has said.
Istanbul prosecutors sought three aggravated life sentences each for 21 police officers and up to 15 years in prison for eight police officers for their alleged role in Turkey’s failed military coup attempt
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Ankara on Oct. 24 to hold talks with senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and to visit the parliament building that was bombed during the military coup attempt of July 15
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ, accompanied by lawmakers from opposition parties, will depart to the United States on Oct. 25 to hold talks with his counterpart over Turkey’s demand for the extradition of Fethullah Gülen
The closure of Istanbul’s main cruise port for the extension of a port project has negatively affected the economy of one of the top historic districts in the city
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has lashed out at banks for making “speculative gains” through high interest rates, saying they should “have more conscience.”
Mehmet Durakoğlu, a candidate from the Principle Contemporary Lawyers Group (Önce İlke Çağdaş Avukatlar Grubu), was elected as the new head of the Istanbul Bar Association in late Oct. 23 after receiving more than 50 percent of the votes, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
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Turkey’s existing “democracy crisis” has been exacerbated by the ongoing state of emergency in the aftermath of the failed July 15 military coup attempt, former European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judge Rıza Türmen has said.
Five lawmakers from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have openly objected to party leader Devlet Bahçeli’s support for a public vote on a government-led constitutional amendment including a shift to a presidential system, vowing to vote against it at parliament.
Politicians assigned to the southeastern and eastern regions of Turkey may be provided with weapons licenses, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said, commenting on the recent murders of politicians from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Russia is not willing to prolong its “humanitarian pause” in airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo province unless opposition groups comply with the agreement, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Oct. 24.
Turkish Airlines has appointed Bilal Ekşi, the head of Turkey’s civil aviation authority, as its new general manager.
Iraqi security forces on Oct. 24 ended an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes, the provincial governor said, while Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance from the jihadist group
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB); Aktif Bank, the largest privately-owned Investment Bank in Turkey; and Ijara Management Company (IMC), a specialized company offering comprehensive solutions for new and existing Islamic leasing (Ijara) companies, have signed an agreement to collaborate as the new shareholders of Haliç Leasing.
France began clearing the sprawling “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais on Oct. 24, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to be resettled in reception centers across the country.
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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.”
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.
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.
Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul women’s volleyball team retained their world title in a 3-2 over Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy in Philippine capital Manila on Oct. 23
Some of the first visitors at a newly opened Quran exhibition on Oct. 22 said they hoped the display would help overcome prejudice and spread awareness about Islam
The third Istanbul Design Biennial, “Are We Human? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years,” will open this weekend with events around the city for the next month.
The Levantine Heritage Foundation will organize its second interdisciplinary conference, “The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade – Networks of People and Knowledge,” between Nov. 2 and 4 in London’s Europe House and the Hellenic Center.
House sales in Turkey surged 17.8 percent in September, although sales to foreigners declined by roughly 28 percent, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on Sept. 24.