No obstacles left in the AKP and MHP talks for a charter shift, which includes system change, PM Yıldırım says. The draft will be sent to parliament on Dec. 10
The hashtag “#FreeTurkeyJournalists” circulated on Twitter on Dec. 9 by Turkish and international press organizations as part of a social media campaign to bring attention to 146 journalists imprisoned by decree laws
A 62-year-old mother from the Honaz district of the Aegean province of Denizli on Dec. 9 was acquitted of charges over throwing a slipper at her 38-year-old son, Doğan News Agency has reported
A U.S. official has categorically denied recent media reports claiming that Washington was preparing to send Stinger missiles, an effective weapon in air defense, to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara considers a terrorist group.
A state in which power is concentrated in one hand is not just, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said
The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition stated on Dec. 8 that it was facilitating joint talks with Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to simmer down tensions between the two parties that are both fighting jihadists in northern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed his gratitude to people who joined campaigns to shore up the struggling lira, but added that it was insufficient, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported
Turkish business representatives have welcomed a number of key measures announced by the government aimed at boosting the ailing economy and shoring up the Turkish Lira
A total of 300 Turkish commandos will join Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation, according to a military source, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported Dec. 9
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will “face destruction” after April 2017, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has predicted
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ready to “play ball” on reaching a deal to reunify divided Cyprus because it would help resolve overarching regional issues including mending Turkey’s relations with the European Union, a United Nations envoy said Dec. 8
Selahattin Demirtaş, one of the two jailed co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has said he did not insult President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader did by calling the head of state a “thief.”
The Turkish education system still has some shortcomings, but it is in a “much better position” than in previous years, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said Dec. 8.
ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
An EU counter-terrorism report that was set to be presented to European interior ministers on Dec. 9 said cooperation with Turkey and other regional countries is “essential.”
Six female teachers who volunteered to provide additional education to 35 students in a village of the Karabağlar district in the western province of İzmir barely escaped sexual assault by a group of men in the village in May
ADANA – Doğan News Agency
Police teams in the southern Turkish province of Adana on Dec. 9 raided an apartment used as a set for a YouTube series, after receiving calls from local residents about its storage of fake long-barreled weapons, which they thought were real.
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON – Reuters
Residents of the remote Solomon Islands rushed into the hills after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck early on Dec. 9, with some reports of small tsunami waves as aftershocks rattled the South Pacific nation.
The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) on Dec. 8 decided to suspend the observer status of the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), citing concerns that the body is no longer sufficiently independent from the state’s executive and legislature branches.
Fifty-one academics out of 87 who were issued detention warrants have been detained by police at Istanbul University over suspected links to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of orchestrating the July 15 failed coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
İsmet Sezgin, a former parliament speaker of Turkey who died aged 88 on Dec. 7, was laid to rest following an official ceremony at the Turkish Parliament
AMSTERDAM – The Associated Press
A Dutch court convicted populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders of hate speech Dec. 9 at the end of a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech.
South Korean lawmakers on Dec. 9 impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.
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Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Syria are about to gain control of the country’s second city of Aleppo as rebel groups seek ways to exit their last positions
2016 has been the year when the West desperately started to question whether this was the end of the hegemonic liberal democratic order as we know it.
It is not yet certain when the two people of Cyprus will be asked to go to separate simultaneous referenda to vote on an agreement uniting the divided island in a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation.
The Cyprus issue is not independent of the Syrian issue. But while the imperialist intervention that has dragged Syria and Iraq into civil war and divided both still continues, the Cyprus talks have accelerated.
Finally, the loud voice I was hoping to hear has come from Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH). If it had not, the cries for help from the 7-year-old girl in Aleppo may have continued to echo in the void. Finally, people have heard young Bana’s voice calling for protection.
Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week, to wonder where all of the “250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo” have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled – by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime’s troops had recaptured three-quarters of it – did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civilian dead?
Reinstating the death penalty was imposed on the political agenda by the Turkish leadership after the bloody coup attempt of July 15
I have never understood the popularity that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enjoyed in Turkey.
Turkey will have three teams in the Europa League when the European football’s second-tier competition resumes with the round of 32 in February
Turkish cymbal producer Mustafa Er produces hand-made cymbals with 12 workers in Edirne’s Uzunköprü district. The cymbals are sold to musicians all around the world
With just over a week to go before its release, excitement is building for the eighth installment in George Lucas’s sci-fi saga ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’
Turkish actress Tuba Büyüküstün, who has many fans around the world thanks to her appearance in various TV series, especially in the Middle East, drew great interest at the recent 13th Dubai International Film Festival.
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Curated this year by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, titled ‘A good neighbor,’ will deal with notions of neighborhood and home while exploring how living modes have changed. The biennial will take place between Sept 16 and Nov 12, 2017
The strained glass and mosaic pieces unearthed in the Bathonea excavations in Istanbul reveal that centuries ago people had high-standard lives in the region
Beşiktaş’s hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage were crushed on Dec. 6 when it had two players sent off in a 6-0 mauling by previously winless Dynamo Kiev in Group B
Karagöz and Hacivat, a Turkish traditional shadow theater play, is receiving great interest from Germans thanks to a Turkish father and son in Cologne