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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:48:32 Z
President Erdoğan slams US ‘lie machine’ over support for SDF
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 23 slammed the United States for its continued support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), saying it is operating a “lie machine.”    

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:44 Z
Turkish army hits 30-40 vehicle convoy in Afrin
The Turkish Armed Forces bombed a convoy of 30-40 vehicles belonging to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG] on Feb. 22 during “Operation Olive Branch” in Syria’s northwestern town of Afrin.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:14:11 Z
CHP submits motion to abolish 10-percent electoral threshold after AKP-MHP alliance move
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has submitted a draft bill to abolish the 10-percent election threshold as a reaction to ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) joint legislation move ...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:30:00 Z
Four Istanbul train lines to be completed by end of year: Mayor Uysal
Ongoing construction on four train lines in Istanbul will be completed at the end of this year, Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal has said.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:12:52 Z
Turkish foreign minister calls on Russia, Iran to stop regime attacks in Syria’s Ghouta
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has called on Russia and Iran to stop the Syrian government’s attacks in Eastern Ghouta.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:51:00 Z
Level of happiness in Turkey goes down in 2017: Survey
Levels of self-reported happiness among all individuals in Turkey were 58 percent in 2017, slightly down from 61.3 percent in 2016, according to figures released the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on Feb. 23.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:38:56 Z
Turkish parliamentary commission approves bill to boost employment
Parliament’s plan and budget commission late Feb. 22 approved a government-sponsored omnibus bill designed to create more jobs and encourage investments.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:43:38 Z
US spokesperson: Some allied forces ‘going to Afrin’
United States Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Feb. 22 that “some of the forces [Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)] that we are working with in the east, we are seeing starting to go to Afrin.”

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:22:05 Z
Atheist man buried with belongings in non-religious ceremony in Turkey’s Ayvalık
An atheist man who died in the Ayvalık district of the western district of Ayvalık has been buried in a cemented grave along with his personal belongings, forgoing a religious ceremony in line with his will.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:46:01 Z
I was hospitalized 12 days for not wearing fur: Turkish singer ‘Diva’ Bülent Ersoy  
The Turkish classical music singer ‘Diva’ Bülent Ersoy, who is known for her taste for luxurious items such as fur and jewelry, has said she was hospitalized for 12 days last year after she gave up wearing fur.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:46:01 Z
I was hospitalized 12 days for not wearing fur: Turkish singer ‘Diva’ Bülent Ersoy  
The Turkish classical music singer ‘Diva’ Bülent Ersoy, who is known for her taste for luxurious items such as fur and jewelry, has said she was hospitalized for 12 days last year after she gave up wearing fur.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:13:22 Z
Turkey sends police special forces to Afrin, signaling urban fight
Turkey has sent hundreds of special operations teams and volunteer village guards into Syria’s Afrin district, where “Operation Olive Branch” against Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has been ongoing since Jan. 20. Turkey has s...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:17:29 Z
Turkey strongly condemns Dutch parliament’s motion of 1915 events
Turkey on Feb. 22 strongly condemned the Dutch parliament’s motion recognizing Armenian allegations of “genocide” during the events of 1915.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:56:00 Z
Turkish student receives orders for self-made drone
Metehan Emlik, a Turkish university student, has received 10,000 orders from New Zealand and 5,000 in Turkey for a drone he developed himself for educational purposes. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:31:03 Z
Reyhanlı attack convict gets 53 aggravated life sentences in Turkish capital
A criminal high court in the Turkish capital Ankara on Feb. 23 handed down 53 aggravated life sentences to the perpetrator of the deadly bomb attack in the southern district of Reyhanlı, which left 53 people dead in May 2013, state-run Anadolu Agenc...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:09:29 Z
Students’ visit to weapon exhibition in Turkey’s Trabzon stirs debate
A visit to a weapons exhibition by primary and high school students, organized by the Black Sea Technical University (KTÜ), has stirred debate amid reportedly rising cases of violence in Turkish schools.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 Z
340 kg of cannabis hidden in ketchup bottles seized in Diyarbakır
Police have seized 340 kilograms of hashish hidden in ketchup bottles in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Feb. 23.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:37:00 Z
Istanbul dams rise to 80 percent capacity
Ten dams in Istanbul rose to 79.88 percent capacity as of Feb. 22, up from 75.35 percent two weeks ago, according to Istanbul Water and Sewage Administration (İSKİ) data. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:45:00 Z
48 years in jail sought for bus drivers who ‘raped hearing-impaired woman’ in Istanbul
An Istanbul prosecutor has demanded 27 and 21 years for two intercity bus drivers over charges of raping a hearing impaired young woman and deprivation of liberty, Habertürk reported on Feb. 23.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:45:44 Z
AKP, CHP in a fresh spat over election alliance bill
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have engaged in a new war of words over the former’s move to allow political parties to form pre-election alliances.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:01:00 Z
World’s oldest temple site Göbeklitepe reopens to visitors in Turkey’s southeast
The ancient site of Göbeklitepe, which is considered the world’s oldest temple area and has been closed for the last 18 months, has once again opened its doors to visitors following the construction of protective roofs.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:01:00 Z
The world of late Ottoman caricaturist Yusuf Franko
‘Youssouf Bey: The Charged Portraits of Fin-de-Siecle Pera’ edited by Bahattin Öztuncay, Sinan Kuneralp, Guillaume Doizy and K. Mehmet Kentel (Vehbi Koç Foundation, $160, 120 pages)

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:14:00 Z
Turkey, West African trade bloc ink cooperation deal
Turkey and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) signed a trade and investment cooperation agreement on Feb. 22 at an economic and business forum in Istanbul. 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:08:00 Z
Turkey must digitally transform its industry: Development minister
Turkey should digitally transform its industry to boost competitiveness, Development Minister Lütfi Elvan said on Feb. 22. 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:40:00 Z
Turkey eyes business with West Africa
The Turkish economy minister suggested on Feb. 22 a free trade agreement would be a key step to boost business ties between Ankara and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:58:10 Z
Turkish Treasury mandates banks for panda market bond issue
Turkey has mandated the Bank of China, HSBC and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC) to explore bond issuance opportunities in China’s Panda bond market, the Turkish Treasury stated on Feb. 21.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:05:01 Z
Confidence in Turkey’s services, retail trade and construction sectors down in February: TÜİK
Confidence in Turkey’s services, retail trade and construction sectors dropped in February compared to the previous month, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) announced on Feb. 22. 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:55:32 Z
SOCAR’s $6 bln oil refinery in Turkey to start up in third quarter of 2018
The first new oil refinery to be built in Turkey in 30 years will start up in the third quarter of 2018, the builder and operator Azeri state energy firm SOCAR said on Feb. 22.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:44:00 Z
Astana process guarantors should act urgently: UN
The three guarantors of the Astana process, namely Russia, Iran and Turkey, must meet urgently to re-install the de-escalation zones in Syria, the UN has said.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:39:00 Z
Turkey calls on Russia, Iran to stop regime attacks in Syria’s Ghouta
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has called on Russia and Iran to stop the Syrian government’s attacks in Eastern Ghouta.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:11:00 Z
Myanmar ‘bulldozed Rohingya villages’
Satellite imagery shows Myanmar authorities have bulldozed at least 55 Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine in recent months, Human Rights Watch said on Feb. 23, condemning the government for erasing evidence at sites where troops are accused of atr...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:03:00 Z
Australia’s scandal-hit deputy PM quits
Australia’s scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced Feb. 23 he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:57:00 Z
North Korea calls UN chief ‘henchman’ of US
North Korea on Feb. 22 accused U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of being a “kind of henchman who is representing the United States” after the U.N. chief said sanctions were essential to pressure Pyongyang.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:20:00 Z
Russia tested ‘over 200 new weapons’ in Syria: MP
Russia has tested over 200 new types of arms in Syria during its campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior lawmaker said Feb. 22, as Moscow was accused of taking part in air strikes against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:19:07 Z
Beşiktaş returns to Super League campaign with crunch Istanbul derby
A crucial game in the race for the Spor Toto Super League trophy will be played this weekend, as Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe clash in a crunch Istanbul derby.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:43:19 Z
Swede Myhrer wins shock Olympic slalom gold
Swedish veteran Andre Myhrer captured a shock slalom men’s gold at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Feb. 22 as the two favorites both spectacularly bombed out.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:01:00 Z
‘Shear Madness’ on Turkish stage
‘Shear Madness,’ one of the longest-running nonmusical plays in the world, will be on stage in Istanbul as of March 3.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:01:00 Z
Ancient road destroyed to make way for villagers’ olive groves in Aydın
Villagers in Aydın’s Söke have destroyed parts of an ancient stone-paved road to make way for their olive groves. Works have been initiated to protect the road

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:05:00 Z
Giant mosaic unveiled in world's second largest Orthodox church    
A four-million-euro mosaic depicting Jesus Christ inside the world's second largest Orthodox church was unveiled in Belgrade on Feb. 22.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:30:00 Z
Istanbul Modern to move to temporary venue in Beyoğlu
Turkey’s first modern and contemporary art center, the Istanbul Modern, will move to its new place that will be built within the scope of the Galataport project

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:46:00 Z
Picasso's hidden mistress set to fetch millions at sale  
A Pablo Picasso painting depicting his muse Marie-Therese Walter with future lover Dora Maar emerging from the shadows behind is expected to fetch an eye-watering sum at a London sale next week.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:22:00 Z
Kuwait's first film on Iraq invasion to make local debut          
Kuwaiti cinemas will launch today public screenings of "Swarm of Doves," the Gulf state's first feature-length film about the 1990 invasion of the Gulf state by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:20:23 Z
Russian ice princess ‘can’t believe’ fairytale Olympic gold
Teenage figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova expressed disbelief Feb. 23 after winning her duel with Evgenia Medvedeva to claim Russia’s first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:22:00 Z
Mane flying as Liverpool looks to go second in Premier League
Sadio Mane says his Champions League hat-trick has given him a confidence boost as Liverpool seeks to climb to second in the Premier League -- at least temporarily -- by beating West Ham at Anfield on Feb. 24.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:21:33 Z
Westbrook, Thunder sink Kings at buzzer
Russell Westbrook drained the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder a 110-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 22.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:40:05 Z
Figure skating-Hanyu hints he may not defend world title
Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, the first man in 66 years to win back-to-back figure skating gold medals, hinted on Feb. 22 that he may not defend his world title to give his injured ankle time to heal.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:38:32 Z
Superb De Gea shuts out Sevilla as United earns draw
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea added another heart-stopping save to his collection as his team held a highly-impressive Sevilla side to a 0-0 draw away from home in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Feb. 21.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:42:00 Z
South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ spice up Olympic curling
They’re dubbed the “Garlic Girls” but go by the names Pancake, Yogurt, Steak, Cookie and Sunny -- meet the South Korean curlers who are whipping up a recipe for success at the Olympics.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:23:00 Z
Indian auditor group begins probe into $1.8 bln fraud case
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), a state-controlled regulator for the sector, has said it is probing whether auditors played a role in perpetrating the alleged $1.77 billion fraud that Punjab National Bank unearthed last week. ...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:07:00 Z
Building starts on Afghan leg of Turkmenistan gas pipeline
Construction has begun on the Afghanistan stretch of an ambitious pipeline that is to carry natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:01:00 Z
United States tells WTO of concerns over China’s new web access rules
The United States told the World Trade Organization on Feb. 23 that Chinese internet access rules coming into force next month appeared to create significant new restrictions for cross-border service suppliers and should be discussed at the WTO.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:58:00 Z
Ford reshuffles executives after abrupt departure of US chief
Ford Motor Co on Feb. 22 named company insider Kumar Galhotra as head of its North American operations, filling the gap left by the abrupt departure of Raj Nair after an internal investigation uncovered “inappropriate behavior” by the executive. ...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:50:00 Z
US Defense Department says prefers targeted steel, aluminum tariffs
The U.S. Defense Department supports moves by the Commerce Department to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, although it would prefer a system of targeted tariffs rather than a global quota or a global tariff.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:23:00 Z
China takes over Anbang, prosecutes ex-boss for ‘economic crimes’
China took over Anbang Insurance Group for a year on Feb. 23 and said its former chairman faces prosecution for “economic crimes,” in the government’s most drastic move yet to rein in politically connected companies whose splashy overseas inves...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:37:54 Z
Brazil to decide in 1st half on Total’s Amazon river basin drilling
Brazil environmental agency Ibama will decide on French oil firm Total’s application to drill in the environmentally sensitive Amazon river basin before the end of May, and possibly as soon as the end of March, an agency official told Reuters on Fe...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:34:41 Z
Global cybercrime costs $600 bln annually: Study
The annual cost of cybercrime has hit $600 billion worldwide, fueled by growing sophistication of hackers and proliferation of criminal marketplaces and cryptocurrencies, researchers said on Feb. 21.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:15:00 Z
EU to double funding for military force in West Africa’s Sahel region
The European Union is set to double its funding for a multi-national military operation in West Africa’s Sahel region to counter Islamist insurgencies, EU diplomats said, part of a broader effort to fight militants and people traffickers.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:50:00 Z
400 kilos of cocaine found in embassy
Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina’s security minister announced Feb. 22.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:41:00 Z
Myanmar generals face EU sanctions
The European Union will start preparing sanctions against Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya Muslims by formally calling on the bloc’s foreign policy chief next week to draw up a list of possible names, two diplomats said.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:37:00 Z
Merkel: EU should confront pressure
The European Union must develop a response to growing global political and economic pressures and this will be the spirit of an EU summit this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Feb.22

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:33:00 Z
Serbian attacks US embassy, kills himself
A Serbian man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the U.S. embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said yesterday.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:22:00 Z
Iraq hands over to Russia 4 women, 27 children linked to ISIL
Iraq has handed over to Russia four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), local television broadcaster Al-Sumaria quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Feb. 22.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:21:44 Z
US looking at new sanctions on Russia
The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia in response to election meddling and a devastating cyberattack last year, senior U.S. officials said on Feb. 21, pushing back against criticism that it has been slow to act.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:18:50 Z
Maduro calls for snap polls
President Nicolas Maduro called on Feb. 21 for snap legislative elections in Venezuela, proposing to bring them forward by nearly two years to coincide with a presidential poll set for April 22.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:01:00 Z
Eastern Express triples number of tourists visiting Ani
Ancient settlement of Ani in the eastern province of Kars attracts more tourists during winter months. Officials say the number of visitors tripled after the Eastern Express became more accessible

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:51:00 Z
Italian pianist Libetta to perform with Turkish pianist Onay
Turkish pianist Gülsin Onay and the Italian pianist Francesco Libetta will perform a concert on Feb. 9 at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center in Istanbul.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:54:00 Z
Museums, ancient sites in Turkey start year with record
The number of visitors to museums and ancient sites increased by 57 percent in January this year. 

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:07:00 Z
Workshop organized on Altaic languages
In collaboration with bilimdili, the Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum in Ankara have recently organized a workshop on Altaic languages, titled “Linguistic and Historic Origin Problems.” Bilimdili is a website that aims to make scientific thoug...

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:01:00 Z
Unknown fairy chimneys demand to serve tourism
Van’s Başkale district, home to rock formations that look like the fairy chimneys in the Cappadocia region, needs promotional activities to host tourists since the end of terrorism in the region

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:21:00 Z
Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies
Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:25:32 Z
Classmate ‘Tombi the cat’ returns to school
Classmate ‘Tombi the cat’ returns to school

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:15:33 Z
300,000 scrap tons to be sent for Turkish Defense Industry
300,000 scrap tons to be sent for Turkish Defense Industry

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:56:25 Z
Idealist art teacher converts school basement into atelier in Turkey's Kocaeli
Idealist art teacher converts school basement into atelier in Turkey's Kocaeli

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:57:58 Z
Remains in Turkey's Sivas belong to cat, not 'mysterious' creature: Analysis
Remains in Turkey's Sivas belong to cat, not 'mysterious' creature: Analysis

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:20:25 Z
Endangered lynxes photographed in Turkey’s Tunceli
Endangered lynxes photographed in Turkey’s Tunceli

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:22:35 Z
New paragliding facility to open doors in Turkish resort town of Fethiye
New paragliding facility to open doors in Turkish resort town of Fethiye

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