Friday, July 03, 2015
U.S. restaurant offers $10K to couples who name their baby “Quinoa”
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in the United States is offering a $10,000 gift certificate to couples who are willing to name their baby 'quinoa' as an untraditional way... More
Artillery batteries positioned against ISIS, threat grows near border
With ISIS controlling large parts of northern Syria, Ankara will reportedly act in cooperation with the U.S.-led coalition and the Free Syrian Army to hit the militant group if it attempts to take control of strategic points near Azaz. If the region is left in the hands of ISIS, Turkey could see a huge influx of refugees More
Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis
The battle for Greek votes was in full swing yesterday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get cash grinds on in the face of massive uncertainty More
Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrike
A senior leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) was killed by coalition airstrikes, said the U.S. military on Thursday.
Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni... More
Turkey takes command of NATO's mine countermeasures force
Turkey took over the command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2) from Italy at an official ceremony held at the Erdek naval base command in Balıkesir,... More
ISIS and Assad cooperate to destroy FSA
A source close to the Turkish National Intelligence Organization claims an agreement was made between the Assad regime and ISIS to destroy the Free Syrian Army in the country's north, continue oil sales, assassinate Zahran Alloush and surrender Tedmur and Sukhna More
Victims of 1993 Sivas hotel deaths remembered
Ceremonies were held in the central city of Sivas on Thursday to remember 37 people, including Alevi intellectuals and artists who died when their hotel was burned down by... More
US envoy called to Merkel's office over spying reports
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday over new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic... More
Australia to shake world energy market with LNG boom
While the Aussie coal boom has already reached maturity, the country is expected to hit the world energy market with an LNG boom. Seven new LNG projects under construction are due for completion by 2018 More
- Asia Pacific
Magnitude 6.1 earthquake kills 6 people in East Turkistan
At least six people were killed and 48 were injured after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook north-west China's East Turkistan (Xinjiang) region Friday morning, the official... More
Lord Balfe: EU has never been honest to Turkey
Turkey's historical engagement with the European Union has always had its ups and downs, but most of the time uncertainty played a huge part. The first interaction dates back... More
American Muslims defy Israeli funded Gülenist initiative
Prominent American Muslims have launched a campaign criticizing the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) and its program, an organization linked with the Gülen movement and... More
Sunni, Shia Kuwaitis attend Friday prayers together
Kuwaitis, both Sunni and Shia, attended Friday prayers together at the Grand Mosque in Kuwait, in a move to display unity one week after a deadly blast ripped through a Shia... More
US urges PYD to respect Syria’s territorial integrity
The U.S.ambassador to Turkey John Bass said that the U.S. has forwarded Turkey's and the U.S.' mutual concerns about preserving Syria's 'territorial integrity' to Democratic... More
Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen throwing stones
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank on Friday after he threw stones at their patrol, Palestinian medical and security sources said.
Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank
Palestinian Authority (PA) forces arrested over 100 Hamas members in the West Bank who were planning on carrying out attacks, a Palestinian official said, in the biggest raid... More
China 'displeased' about Turkey accepting Uighurs
Beijing has expressed displeasure with Turkey for accepting 174 members of the Uighur ethnic minority who fled China due to persecution.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman... More
Eurozone stability fund: Greece officially in default
Greece is officially in default but the declaration will have no immediate consequences, the eurozone's stability fund said in a statement Friday.
The European Financial... More
'68 pct of rural Indian households own at least 1 mobile phone, but only 11 pct have fridge'
The main breadwinner in three-quarters of households in rural India makes less than $80 a month while barely one in 10 homes has a refrigerator, a survey showed Friday.
France rejects Wikileaks founder's asylum request
The French government rejected an aslyum request from Wikileaks' Julian Assange on Friday, saying he did not face "immediate danger".
Assange has been living for the past... More
HDP's İmralı committee: Reconciliation process being bargain tool an alarm bell for Turkey's peace
Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) İmralı Committee said, the ongoing reconciliation process being a bargain tool is an alarm bell for Turkey's peace, in a written statement... More
Two men, 12 year-old Syrian boy cling underneath truck in attempt to illegally enter Romania
Border police say they have found a 12-year-old Syrian boy and two men hidden under a truck transporting apricots who tried to illegally enter Romania.
Police said in a... More
UN food agency cutting back on assistance to Syrian refugees
The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded,... More
Turkey deploys additional troops along Syrian border
Turkey is deploying additional troops along the border with Syria as fighting between opposition and regime forces in Aleppo has intensified.
Syrian opposition rebels launched... More
Inflation drops by 0.51 percent in June, lowest in two years
Inflation in Turkey dropped sharply in June, the lowest rate in two years, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) on Friday. The Consumer... More
Syrian rebels launch attack in Aleppo
Syrian opposition rebels launched a wide-scale attack on regime strongholds late Thursday in the northern province of Aleppo, killing and wounding some 80 people, a monitoring... More
Turkey not to enter Syria unless national security threatened: PM Davutoğlu
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that he will not plunge Turkey into an "adventure" in Syria unless there is a direct threat to the country's national security.