Wednesday, July 01, 2015
'Turkey concerned by China's Ramadan restrictions'
Turkey's Foreign Ministry said it has expressed "deep concern" to China about reports that the country has instilled a fasting ban on segments of its Uighur Muslim population... More
Parliament to choose speaker today
Four candidates running for Parliament speaker competed yesterday; however, no candidate received two-thirds of the votes in the first two rounds, equivalent to the votes of 367 deputies. The speaker will be elected in today's voting sessions More
Turkey’s exports and imports both sink deep in May
According to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (Turkstat) on Tuesday, Turkey's exports decreased by 18.8 percent to $11.11 billion and its imports decreased... More
US not to provide support if Turkey imposes buffer zone in Syria unilaterally: official
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that the U.S. and coalition countries do not need a buffer zone in Syria, and imposing one would be conducted by... More
Two Turkish soldiers drown after falling into brook in southeastern Turkey
Two Turkish soldiers drowned in Şemdinli district of southeastern city of Hakkari late on Tuesday.
A private washing his face near the Hezer brook suddenly lost his balance... More
Greece on verge of default with no help in sight
There is "no way" euro zone finance ministers will release funds for Greece to meet a crucial payment to the International Monetary Fund which is due by midnight (2200 GMT)... More
- Asia Pacific
Ramadan time of persecution for Uighurs
The oppressive policies of the Chinese government toward the Uighur minority during Ramadan have drawn harsh criticism on social media as well as in the diplomatic arena More
IMF will not declare Greece bankrupt until after referendum
The European Central Bank has become the guarantor of Greece, as the Greek government confirmed it will not pay the IMF debt leaving the country's fate up to referendum results More
Barcelona gets involved in transfer for Arda Turan
Football giants Barcelona are now involved in transfer talks for Turkish national Arda Turan according to Catalan newspapers on Tuesday. According to the local media outlets,... More
ISIS unexpectedly attacks Tal Abyad
The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) militants on Tuesday launched a surprise attack seizing a district of the Syrian border town Tal Abyad, which was... More
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck getting divorced after 10 years of marriage
Hollywood A-lister and actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announce on Tuesday that they are getting a divorce after being married for 10 years.
The couple said in a... More
20,000 people in support of EU bailout rally in Athens
At least 20,000 people filled the streets and Syntagma Square in Athens on Tuesday to support Greece's bailout deal with the European Union.
The country is left on the... More
'We'll evaluate offers regarding aid to Greece'
Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci commented on financial aid proposals put forward in the last couple of days prior to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK... More
Istanbul traffic makes inventive entrepreneurs rich
Mobile apps on cell phones make life easier. Some of the most popular apps have recently come from the field of transportation solutions. Inventive entrepreneurs have developed... More
EU efforts in vane as migrant arrivals in Italy, Greece hit record
The number of refugees arriving in Greece and Italy hit more than 120,000, while the EU has negotiated a contested proposal to spread 40,000 refugees being housed in Italy and Greece across the bloc More
AK Party-CHP coalition harms both, poll finds
It has been more than three weeks since the June 7 general elections and Turkey's agenda is occupied by discussions over political parties present in Parliament forming a... More
Bus falls off bridge in China, kills 7 South Korea officials, 2 Chinese
A bus carrying a group of South Koreans fell off a highway bridge Wednesday afternoon in northeastern China, killing 7 South Koreans, the Chinese driver and a Chinese guide,... More
Obama threatens to walk away from Iran nuclear talks
President Barack Obama said Monday he would walk away from negotiations if Iran fails to abide by prior commitments about its nuclear program.
"There has been a lot of... More
White House removes 40-year ban on taking photos on public tours
The White House lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion on Wednesday and invited visitors to share their shots on Twitter using... More
Most Greeks expected to vote no in referendum
Most Greeks responding to a poll say they would vote 'no' in this weekend's referendum on the terms of its bailout, according to results published Wednesday, but the data... More
Four teams to represent Turkey’s basketball scene in Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Along with Fenerbahçe Ülker and Anadolu Efes, newly crowned champions Pınar Karşıyaka and wildcard-granted Darüşşafaka Doğuş have qualified to compete in the Turkish Airlines... More
Turkey’s exports sink further in June
Turkey's exports decreased by 6.4 percent to $ 11.7 billion in June compared with the same month in the previous year, according to the report by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly... More
Al-Qaeda chief for Pakistan killed in raid, official says
The head of the al-Qaeda terrorist network in Pakistan was killed this week by security forces, a senior Pakistani official said Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, police... More
Greece defaults as it fails to make IMF payment
Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan... More
Turkish police detain 7 ISIS-linked suspects in three cities
Turkish police detained on Wednesday seven ISIS-linked suspects in three cities including İzmir.
The İzmir Police Department launched an operation on Wednesday based on... More
Prison break convict busted at hairdresser
Erman Sever, who escaped from a prison in Turkey's northwestern province of Tekirdağ two month ago, has been caught by the police on Wednesday morning at a hairdresser.
World Bank cuts 2016, 2017 Turkey growth forecasts over political outlook
The World Bank cut its 2016 and 2017 growth forecasts for Turkey to 3.5 percent due to the political uncertainty and gradually tightening global financial environment. The... More
173 Uighurs detained by Thailand arrive in Turkey
After months of diplomatic negotiations with Thailand, Turkey has brought over 150 Uighur Turks who were kept under detention by the Thai government.
According to reports,... More
Rescue teams recover 135 bodies from Indonesia plane crash site
The day after an Indonesian Air Force plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after takeoff, search and rescue teams have removed 135 bodies from the crash site.
ISIS threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza
The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) insurgents threatened on Tuesday to take control of the Gaza Strip, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the... More
'Minority government would not end Turkey’s problems'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reminded all political parties represented in the parliament that the government formation process is a critical test and states that... More
'Tight measures against ISIS not imminent war'
In response to allegations that Turkey is going to war in Syria, Turkish officials have said the precautions taken to push ISIS as well as other threatening factors in the region from its border does not mean immediate military action will take place More
Liberia announces return of Ebola, with one new death
Liberia announced the return of the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday, more than six weeks after the country eradicated the disease.
"A new case of Ebola has been reported... More
‘Turkey won't act unilaterally in Syria'
Turkey's Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said at a news conference on Tuesday that Turkey will not take unilateral action in Syria, but will act to protect its borders.... More
Fitch downgrades Greece rating deeper into junk
Ratings agency Fitch cut Greece's credit grade Tuesday from "CCC" to "CC" -- highly vulnerable to default -- following the collapse of bailout talks and the Greek government's... More