Saturday, April 18, 2015
- Kurdish Issue
'Disarmament of PKK in upcoming months unlikely'
As Turkey's political parties prepare for the upcoming June general elections, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan, a Cabinet member who regularly holds talks with the pro-Kurdish... More
Painting focus of cinema program
Istanbul Modern will present a cinema program in parallel with famous Turkish painter Mehmet Güleryüz's exhibition. The films concentrate on the passions, fears, and inner worlds of eminent painters More
10 police chiefs, 1,776 police commissioners were retired as part of Turkey's police force reform
Ten police and 1,776 police commissioners were referred for retirement on Friday by Directone of Security, the institution that runs Turkey's police force, as part of Turkey's... More
Inviting outdoor cafes to enjoy Istanbul's spring energy
As the energizing, sunny spring comes, outdoor cafes and hangouts around Istanbul are perfect places for you to socialize and relax in the warm breeze More
Iraqi Kurdish leadership angry at PKK’s stance
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Politburo on Thursday slammed Duran Kalkan, a senior figure in the illegal PKK organization, which took up arms against the Turkish state... More
US Embassy in Irbil, Iraq attacked by car bomb
The U.S. Embassy of Irbil, Northern Iraq, was reportedly attacked by two car bombs on Friday, leaving an unknown number of wounded.
The attack came after the capture of... More
'Structural reasons behind current account deficit decrease'
Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek has noted that they will strive to decrease the level of the current account deficit. He added that the current account deficit is not decreasing... More
President Özal commemorated on anniversary of death
Turgut Özal, the eighth president of the Republic of Turkey, has been commemorated on Friday, on the 22nd anniversary of his death. The late president's wife, Semra Özal,... More
Islamophobia hits record high in France
Amid rising anti-immigration sentiments among Europeans, France suffers a six-fold rise in Islamophobic attacks, counting 222 violent anti-Muslim attacks in the first quarter of this year More
Turkey’s live births, fertility rates rising
Birth statistics released on Friday by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) regarding 2014 show a slight increase in live births and the total fertility rate in the country.
Armenians deny archive access, continue ‘genocide' business
The Ottoman collapse caused untold tragedies to people who were a part of the cultural mosaic that formed the empire, but the Armenian diaspora’s attempt to hide facts to present a black and white picture fails to convey the whole truth, say Western historians More
Government proposes total overhaul of judicial system
With less than two months until the general elections, PM Davutoğlu introduced a ‘New Judicial Reform Strategy' that consists of 22 major reforms. Earlier this week the prime minister revealed his election manifesto, in which switching to a presidential system, drafting a new constitution and taking democratization steps top the AK Party's election promises More
World Bank lowers Turkey's growth forecast
Falling oil prices and rising domestic demand have contributed to growth, while depreciation of the currency has held it back. The World Bank expects Turkey's growth rate to be 3 percent and inflation to be 7 percent in 2015 More
ISIS claims car bomb attack near US Consulate in Irbil
The ISIS militant group claimed a car bomb attack near the U.S. consulate in Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, the monitoring group SITE said on Friday.
It cited an ISIS account... More
Protesters attack Greek police guarding Turkey’s Thessaloniki Consulate
The police kiosk guarding Turkey's Thessaloniki Consulate, which includes the house that the Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was born as the Atatürk Museum, was attacked... More
European Parliament ignores Palestinian plight
While the European Parliament asks its members to call the 1915 incidents a ‘genocide,' Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. However, Palestinians who are subjected to continued aggression are not on the world agenda More
UN removes 'Isis' from its official list of hurricane names
'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the U.N.'s World Meteorological... More
Mysterious scholar between East and West: Legend of Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani
Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani whose influence continues to this day, is one of the most debated personalities of recent history. Was he a great reformist who aimed to revive the Muslim world, or a mad man who thought he was the Mahdi, or a spy? More
Australia arrests five for plotting Anzac Day attack
Australian police arrested five Australian teenagers in Melbourne on Saturday over an alleged terrorist plot targeting police officers, officials said.
The suspects included... More
'EP resolution due to rise of anti-Islam groups'
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu angrily condemned the European Parliament on Friday for adopting a resolution urging Turkey to recognize the 1915 incidents as "genocide," saying... More
Turkey extradites Serb war criminal Dusko Dabetic
Dusko Dabetic, a Serb sought by officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina for alleged war crimes committed during the Bosnian War, has been extradited by Turkey.
Dabetic arrived... More
A light at the end of Istanbul's traffic
It might still take years to relieve Istanbul of frustrating traffic jams, but the city's municipality is preparing to roll out a set of measures against the problem - ranging from exclusive lanes for multi-passenger cars to more parking garages and alternative routes for busy roads More