President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 22 criticized Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimiyan over his remarks largely focusing on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Summit in Istanbul.
An unidentified person who poured gasoline on a statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, and later hit it with an axe, survived a lynch attempt by locals who witnessed the incident, Doğan News Agency reported on May 22.
Iraq has announced it would ban tomato imports from Turkey as of May 21 to protect its own producers, according to an official statement from the Turkish Economy Ministry.
The Foreign Ministry on May 22 summoned Unites States Ambassador to Turkey John Bass over a brawl in front of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Washington on May 16
Istanbul’s famous Reina nightclub, in which 39 people were killed in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack on Jan. 1, was demolished on May 22.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for announcing on May 21 that the state of emergency will remain in place “until peace is fully provided.”
A trial begins into the prime suspects in last year’s failed coup, with prosecutors demanding up to 2,988 life sentences for top generals and others
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have requested to become intervening parties in the case in which top soldiers are on trial over events at the General Staff Headquarters on the night of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Turkey and Russia signed a declaration in Istanbul on May 22 to remove restrictions on bilateral trade that were imposed after a jet crisis in 2015.
Dozens of legal and real persons flocked to the courtroom to voice their opposition to a Booking.com ban, citing the losses they have incurred from the decision, daily Dünya reported on May 22.
A municipality in southern Turkey has decided to remove all signs written in Arabic in order to “remove visual pollution,” according to its official Twitter account.
The Turkish government’s measures to ease skyrocketing prices are ready to be applied, amid aims to gradually bring down inflation rate to single digits again, a top official announced on May 22.
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The chief of NATO has said he is in touch with both Germany and Turkey regarding their latest dispute over visiting rights to a Turkish airbase where German soldiers are stationed
Two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants who were killed in a police operation early on May 21 in Ankara had been preparing for potential attacks in the capital, including the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party’s extraordinary congress, the Ankara governor has stated
Turkish foreign minister believes that a negotiated solution to the Cyprus issue is possible based on the compromise of both sides, saying the Turkish Cypriots showed their willingness for reconciliation, “now the ball is in the Greek Cypriot side’s court.”
U.S. President Donald Trump said in Israel on May 22 he came away from a weekend visit to Saudi Arabia with new reasons for hope that peace and stability could be achieved in the Middle East
The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH) circumcised 1,100 children in Syria last week as part of a charity organization, an official for the foundation has said, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on May 22
A total of 642 militants have been neutralized in Turkey since 2017, the Turkish Interior Ministry said on May 22, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Turkish President Erdoğan officially assumes the leadership of the ruling AKP once more while promising to bring ‘more democracy’ and ‘more economic development’ to the country
An 87-year-old local woman has impressed social media with her paragliding skills in the Aegean province of Muğla, Doğan News Agency reported on May 21
A court in the western province of İzmir has sentenced the alleged killer of a Russian jet pilot to five years in jail over “violating the law on firearms” and “keeping a warfare weapon” in a separate case into him.
N Korean leader Kim Yong Un orders deployment of a new missile tested on May 21, raising regional concerns. The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors today to discuss the issue
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One of the key points in President Tayyip Erdoğan’s address to the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 21, after he took back the helm as a result of the April 16 referendum, was his heralding of a “six-month roadmap” for the transformation of Turkey’s political and administrative system.
The Foreign Ministry’s seasoned diplomats did warn the government prior to the U.S. presidential elections that a possible Trump administration did not promise a rose garden. But some of the advisers and some with access to the presidential palace argued otherwise. They were extremely enthusiastic about the prospects of a White House with Donald Trump.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the chair of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) from the day it was founded on Aug. 14, 2001, until he resigned on Aug. 27, 2014, because he was elected the president, registering a total of 13 years and 13 days. He is back as the chair of AK Party after 998 days
The tourism crisis has naturally also hit one of Turkey’s first touristic regions, Cappadocia. I was in Cappadocia to see a close friend’s newly-bought house in one of its villages, and to participate in the Cappadox Festival.
Donald Trump’s first visit abroad is to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. This will be followed by Israel and the Palestinian territories. Then, he will go to the Vatican and onward to Brussels to meet NATO leaders
Over the weekend my wife and I went to see the film “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” directed by Joseph Ruben. It narrates the story of the love between an Ottoman officer and an American nurse in Van, the city that became a milestone with an Armenian insurgency in 1915
All the talk of special prosecutors and the like will not bring the man to book. The soap opera will continue and no amount of dysfunction in the White House will make it stop until early 2019 at best. Even though a great deal of damage will have been done by then
Five weeks after the April 16 referendum which consolidated executive powers in the president’s hands – while also enabling the president to lead a political party instead of maintain his erstwhile non-partisan status – Tayyip Erdoğan returned to the chair of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) at an extraordinary congress on May 21 in Ankara.
A number of artifacts unearthed in Mardin’s Cultural Faith Park, which is home to the Mor Yakup Church and Zeynep Abidin Mosque, have been cleaned and restored for a publication
UNIQ Istanbul and Başka Sinema (Another Cinema) are jointly organizing a new festival this summer, the UNIQ Open-air Film Festival
David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks,’ the quirky TV show turned cult classic, returned to television after 26 years, becoming the top trending US hashtag for much of the day
A Turkish pavilion opened at the 70th Cannes Film Festival has been promoting Turkey and Turkish cinema to the world as well as hosting many well-known guests
One of the main topics at this year’s Cannes Film Festival seems to be the migrant issue. We have already seen two pictures on the topic and others will follow, among which one is the highly expected title of the year, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.”
The Archaeology Museum of the Adana Museum Complex opened on May 18, presenting artifacts from the ancient ages along with documents, visuals, dioramas and animations
A Hittite village will be established in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum’s Boğazkale in an effort to provide a taste of the ancient past.
Leader Beşiktaş will have a chance to bolster its lead ahead of Medipol Başakşehir when it takes the field in the Spor Toto Super League this weekend with just three weeks left in the year.
A statement from State Opera and Ballet General Director Selman Ada sent to provincial directorates reveals that the State Opera and Ballet General Directorate is struggling financially