Saturday, May 30, 2015
Germany offers 'constructive' role to help keep UK in EU
Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Friday Germany would play a "constructive" role to help keep Britain in the EU and work with Prime Minister David Cameron to reform the 28-nation... More
Borsa Istanbul and EBRD negotiate a 10-percent-stake sale
In a landmark deal, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced on Friday that the bank is starting exclusive talks to acquire a 10 percent stake... More
Bulgarian central bank governor says may step down
Bulgarian central bank governor Ivan Iskrov said on Saturday that he was ready to step down if there was enough support in parliament for his successor.
The ruling GERB... More
Expat Turks flock to ballot boxes for next week's general elections
Expat Turks who began voting as of May 8 for the forthcoming June 7 elections have only two more days to cast their votes. According to reports, so far, 717,000 Turkish citizens... More
Spain approves permanent US military base
The Spanish government approved an agreement Friday to host a permanent military presence of the U.S.'s Africa Command (AFRICOM) in the southern province of Seville, Spanish... More
- Asia Pacific
Gunmen attack buses in Pakistan, kill 19: officials
A Pakistani official says armed men hijacked two buses in the southwestern Baluchistan province and killed 19 passengers.
Baluchistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti says... More
Silk Road website creator gets life term for drug scheme
The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of... More
Bosnian Damir who grew up in war, takes on tennis ace Federer
It is 1992 and snipers are firing from all sides as bombs fall across Sarajevo. "You're a lucky mother. Not even one bullet hit you," says the Red Cross driver, speeding expectant... More
US economy shrinks at 0.7 percent rate in first quarter
The US economy went into reverse in the first quarter of this year after a severe winter and growing trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated.
The overall... More
- Expat Corner
Do good and have fun at ‘expat-heavy' charity events
Isn't the ideal way to shop or party doing so while knowing that every penny, or kuruş as it were, spent is going to a good cause and benefitting others? Well, there are a number of entertaining fundraising and charity events in town this weekend with more to follow, so why not start off the summer by doing some good while having fun More
First state-owned participation bank starts operation
Ziraat Participation Bank officially began operating as Turkey's first state-owned participation bank on Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.... More
Nigeria's new president vows to end Boko Haram
Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari has promised on Friday to end a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram group, an effort he said begins with relocating the military command... More
The conquest of Constantinople: The heralding in a new era
The conquest of Constantinople by the Turks on May 29, 1453 is more than just the ordinary fall of a city. The conquest was a turning point both in the Turkish and Islamic history and the history of the world More
Bomb alert at FIFA congress: Zurich police
A bomb threat was made Friday at the FIFA congress in Zurich, a spokesman of the Zurich city police confirmed to dpa.
No further comment was made but a FIFA media team... More
Citizenship in process for Syrian table tennis player
Tesnim Nebhen, a Syrian table tennis player who was on the Syrian national team before she fled to Turkey with her family, may be granted Turkish citizenship after a phone... More
U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
The United States formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties but one that will have limited... More
Turkish villager proud custodian of Roman artifacts
With her şalvar, a type of harem pants popular among villagers, and a red yemeni scarf, Hatun Dilci, 72, does not stand out among fellow residents of her village in the southern... More
Syrian Turkmens appreciate Turkish aid, ask for more assistance
The Syrian Turkmen community, which is spread throughout the country unlike the Kurdish and Nusayri communities, expresses its gratitude for the continued support from Ankara and expect more ‘to defend themselves’ from ISIS and the Syrian regime More
Earthquake measuring 8.5 magnitude strikes Japan
A strong earthquake with 8.5 magnitude shook buildings in Tokyo on Saturday, setting off car alarms as it rattled the Japanese capital, an AFP correspondent in the city reported.
MP expelled from party for not calling 1915 ‘genocide’
Democratic Humanist Centre (CDH) Deputy Mahinur Özdemir resisted the pressure from the members of her party and rejected to call 1915 incidents 'genocide'. CDH's "ethical... More
Ukraine president appoints Saakashvili regional governor
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, governor of... More
Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president
Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.
Measures against PKK increasing as election day nears
With only days left until the June 7 general elections, Ankara has increased measures in the east and southeast for election day to secure voting by locals. To prevent a possible... More
Egypt releases jailed Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan
Egypt freed American-Egyptian activist Mohamed Sultan after he renounced his Egyptian citizenship, Sultan's family and lawyer have said on Saturday.
"It is with pleasure... More
Israel's treatment of Palestinians suicide for Jews: Jewish NGO
Israel's policies for Palestinians mean suicide for the entire Jewish community, a representative of a Paris-based Jewish body has said.
In a recent interview with Anadolu... More
Aleppo-Latakia line cut off after rebels seize Ariha
Following the seizure of the strategic town of Ariha in Idlib province by unified opposition groups, the Assad regime’s stronghold of Latakia has lost contact with Aleppo and regime troops have been trapped in a small area More
Istanbul elected youth capital of Muslim world
Istanbul, Turkey's largest province, has been unanimously elected the Islamic World Youth Capital by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.
OIC affiliate... More
German lawyers to protest new surveillance powers in Berlin
Lawyers from all over Germany are scheduled to hold an anti-surveillance demonstration outside Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin later Saturday, a statement from... More
Public says Turkey should not remain neutral in Syrian conflict
A new study shows that the Turkish public is increasingly calling for Turkey to become more active in its foreign policy toward Syria and not to remain ‘neutral' More
Palestine withdraws bid to suspend Israel from FIFA
The Palestine Football Association (PFA) dropped its motion on Friday asking for Israel to be suspended by FIFA.
The motion had been included on the agenda at the FIFA... More
Turkey's sacred destinations call you to experience some spiritual comfort
Come hear the stories about the spiritual past of Anatolia, often called the cradle of civilization, home to many religions over the course of history More
Erdoğan-Davutoğlu poster breaks Guinness record
A giant poster showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu side by side has entered the Guinness Book of World Records.
The 4,709... More
Voters intimidated: Italy compared to Turkey’s Kurdish votes
The use of force to threaten people and influence their democratic choices has been known as a phenomenon in many parts of the underdeveloped world, but "mafia-style democracy"... More
Two shot dead in clashes between HDP and Hüda-Par members
Two members of the Free Cause Party (HÜDA-PAR) have been shot dead on Friday during clashes with members of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey's eastern Şırnak province.