Thursday, July 02, 2015
LGBTI campaigners file complaint over dispersal of Istanbul Pride Parade
Gay rights campaigners on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Sebahattin Öztürk over the police dispersal of Istanbul's Pride parade last Sunday.
Greece bailout fund manages to raise €1.39 million in 5 days
A campaign launched on crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise the necessary 1.6 billion euros to bail Greece out of its debt payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)... More
Egypt air strikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai
Egypt launched air strikes on militant targets in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources... More
British ISIS member woman arrested over terrorism
British police said on Thursday they had charged a 26-year-old woman with being a member of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and inciting terrorism... More
Greece's bond rating downgraded by Moody's
Credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service on Thursday downgraded Greece's government bond rating to 'Caa3' from 'Caa2,' over concerns that Athens will default on debt... More
US payrolls increase by 223,000, below expectations
Non-agricultural employment in the U.S. has increased by 223,000 jobs, below market expectations, according to figures released by Labor Department on Thursday.
An earlier... More
- Asia Pacific
At least 36 dead in Philippine ferry accident
At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said.
Washington Navy Yard on lockdown amid reports of shooter
The US Navy locked down the Washington Navy Yard facility in Washington on Thursday, but did not confirm reports of an active shooter.
Personnel were taking shelter, the... More
Freedom Flotilla demands release of activists
Pro-Palestinian activists on Wednesday called for the release of those detained by Israel after their aid ship was intercepted on its way to Gaza.
The Freedom Flotilla... More
Turkey to apply tax hike for import electronic products
Additional taxes on imported electronics will be implemented soon. Exempt from customs tax, high-tech imports significantly worsen the current account deficit, but forecasts indicate recovery by the end of the year More
BBC rejects UK MP’s demands to call ISIS Daesh
Tony Hall, the general director of BBC, has rejected the demand of over 120 UK MP's to stop the channel from using the term "Islamic State" when referring to the terrorist... More
Greek Cyprus President says negotiations to reunify Cyprus show ‘progress’
Negotiations to settle the Cyprus island's division are starting to show some progress, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, an unusually upbeat assessment... More
Police disarm man carrying explosives, weapon
Turkish police have disarmed a man carrying 14 kilograms of explosives and a firearm near a shopping center in the western city of İzmir.
A police team performing a routine... More
Parliament speaker elected, parties’ stance indicates early elections
In the fourth round of the Parliament speaker election, the AK Party’s Yılmaz received 258 votes, while the CHP’s Baykal lagged behind with 182. Opposition parties showed strong objection to the AK Party’s rule in the pre-election period but they failed to come together to elect the Parliament Speaker More
PKK aims to bring heavy weaponry into Turkey
Sources from Ankara further indicated that the National Security Council (MGK) discussed the PKK's aim to bring the heavy weaponry it seized in northern Syria to Turkey to form local armed forces. A PKK leader, Murat Karayılan, recently said if Turkey intervenes into northern Syria, the terrorist organization will turn Turkey into a war zone. More
Kuveyt Türk becomes Germany’s first Islamic bank
The Islamic bank Kuveyt Türk based in Turkey opened its first branch in Germany on Wednesday as it becomes the first financial institution which offers a full range of banking... More
Early elections needed to set things right, Demirtaş says
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has expressed reservations over a possible coalition on Thursday saying there is a slim chance of... More
PKK not a terrorist organization, HDP deputy says
Pervin Buldan, deputy chairman of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), said the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as by the U.S. and EU, "is... More
Foreign trade deficit down 22 percent
According to preliminary data, Turkey's foreign trade deficit decreased by 21.96 percent to $6.28 billion, indicating gold exports could be realized at a low amount following... 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
Frustrated with Parliament speaker election, CHP begins to discuss snap elections
Following the recent Parliament speaker election won by the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) İsmet Yılmaz over Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal, according... More
Brazil to lower age of criminal responsibility to 16
Brazil's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a controversial bill on reducing the age of penal majority from 18 to 16 as the country's decision drew heavy criticism... 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
'Turkey's leadership crucial to solve regional issues'
Jamie Shea, NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, underlined that Turkey's leadership is necessary as its strategic position enables... More
ING emerges as top bidder for HSBC's Turkish unit
Dutch lender ING Group has emerged as the leading bidder for British banking giant HSBC's Turkish operations, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Ministry of Education to monitor social media bullying
Students who utilize social media to slander their schoolmates or school employees will be subject to disciplinary punishment, as per the new ban put into effect and published... More
Turkish people protest China's Ramadan ban
Protests broke out overnight all over Turkey with thousands of people taking to the streets to demand that China stop its alleged discrimination against Muslims.
'ISIS selling Syrian, Iraqi treasures on industrial scale'
The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants are looting ancient sites across Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale and selling on treasures to middlemen... More
Foreign diplomats enjoy Ramadan spirit in Turkey
Diplomats from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand in Turkey are using the opportunity of living in another country to experience and learn about the Muslim holy... More
French soldiers arrested in child sex abuse probe
Two French special forces soldiers were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of sexually abusing children while on operations in West Africa, local media said.
The soldiers,... More
2 PKK-linked suspects caught kidnapping 4 children
Two people affiliated with the outlawed PKK were caught while attempting to recruit four children, ages 15 to 16, in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
Muslim Brotherhood calls Egyptian people to overthrow Sissi regime after raid kills 13 of its leaders
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) urged the Egyptian people to rebel against Sissi regime with a statement late Wednesday, after 13 of its leaders were killed in a raid by security... More
'Turkey to keep its doors open to refugees'
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu expressed the importance of resolving the refugee problem immediately at an iftar dinner hosted in Ankara on Wednesday.
Speaking to the ambassadors... More