Friday, July 03, 2015
230,000 worshipers at Al-Aqsa for Friday prayer
Thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem marched to Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray the third Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan.
Men over... More
Two rockets fired from Sinai hit southern Israel
Israel's military said two rockets fired from the neighboring Sinai peninsula, where Egyptian troops are battling the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)... More
Turkey’s automotive sales grow 43 percent in June
Turkey's automobile and light commercial vehicle sales grew by 43.21 percent in June, the Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) reported on Friday. With 86,158 automotive... 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
Solar Impulse 2 arrives in Hawaii, breaks solar-powered flight records
Solar Impulse 2 aircraft broke the all-time solar-powered flight record early Friday, as it landed in Hawaii and completed its 5 days-long environmentally-friendly journey... 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
- Asia Pacific
'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
- Kurdish Issue
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.
Greek voters perplexed and undecided ahead of referendum
Greek voters are confused about what are they voting for on Sunday's referendum. While the majority of Greeks want to refuse more austerity, they are not sure if it means saying no to Europe More
Vecdi Gönül re-appointed as Turkey's defense minister
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Friday announced that Former Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül has been re-appointed to the post following İsmet Yılmaz's election as Parliament... More
Senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders say they will never take up arms
On the second anniversary of the military coup, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is accused by the regime of using violence. But senior Muslim Brotherhood members said the movement will never give up peaceful resistance More
12,000 people to be chosen as torch bearers in 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil
12,000 people will be chosen to carry the Olympic torch around Brazil starting in May 2016 for the Games in Rio de Janeiro, the organizing committee announced on Friday. The... More
Turkey and Israel on the edge of opening a new era in relations
A critical step to establishing reconciliation between Turkey and Israel after the deadly Mavi Marmara attack by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) was reportedly taken with a secret... More
Headmen urge Istanbul Municipality for reclamation, treatment in stream
Twenty-one neighborhood headmen of Istanbul's Kadıköy district signed a petition addressing Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbaş to urgently finish the reclamation... More
Syrian opposition forces aim to hold sway of regime-controlled Aleppo
Syrian opposition forces on Friday gained control of strategic points in one of the regime-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo, after launching a large-scale offensive in the... More
Fenerbahçe dominate Turkey's transfer market
With Nani set to sign for the Yellow Canaries, Fenerbahçe have outdone the other powerhouses by signing stars such as Kjaer, Fernandao, Şener Özbayrak, Ribeiro and Abdoulaye Ba More
Turkish courts order arrest of nine ISIS suspects
Courts in Izmir and Ankara in Turkey have ordered on Friday the arrests of nine suspected self- proclaimed Islamic State and al-Sham (ISIS) members which had been detained... More
Historical trails in Turkey bound bynature and beauty
To walk miles into history and nature as well as find hidden treasures, take a hike on one of the many trails in Turkey this summer More
Erdoğan opens People's Mosque in Presidential Palace
A mosque was opened on Friday at the Presidential Palace complex in Ankara in the latest move to keep the highest office in the country closer to the public More
The daughter of the Bosphorus
During the previous week I had the opportunity to visit one of the precious restaurants on the Bosphorus, Del Mare, and the 10-year-old location has been quite renewed. Located... More
10 month old baby drifts 1 km offshore in Çanakkale
A 10-month old baby who drifted 1 km off into open waters due to the strong north-easter as well as the family's inattentiveness, has been saved by the coast guard boats.... More
‘Fine Tuned and Multiple' works on display
On a hot, humid and horribly busy day last week, I took refuge in the superbly cooled interior of Kuad Gallery, an Istanbul home of modern and conceptual art. Thanks to its... More
Ömer Aşık to extend contract with Pelicans for $58m
Turkish basketball player Ömer Aşık will be singing with his current team New Orleans Pelicans of National Basketball Association (NBA) for a five-season contract which he... More