Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Tourist numbers down due to Russian effect
The number of tourists visiting Turkey dropped to 3.8 million in May, marking a decline of 2.46 percent. Due to the nearly 30 percent decline in the number of Russian tourists... More
ISIS seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration: Pentagon
A year after the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military... More
Aggressive coach Pereira expels combustible Fenerbahçe captain
Vitor Pereira, the new manager of Fenerbahçe, came to the fore on Sunday by parting team's ways with captain Emre Belözoğlu, a star regarded as one of the integral parts of... More
HDP voices opposition to any coalition gov’t that threatens resolution process
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has voiced its opposition to any coalition government that threatens the "resolution process" to the conflict between... More
Facebook opens first sales office in Africa
Facebook has opened its first sales office in Africa, the company said on Monday.
In a statement, Facebook said the sales team in Johannesburg will initially focus on sub-Saharan... More
New viewpoint: A virtual tour of Presidential Palace goes online
Ankara's fight against the defamation campaign targeting the new Presidential Palace took a new turn on Monday with the presidency's website offering panoramic images of venues in the palace More
Referendum to make Greece stronger for new deal with creditors: Tsipras
Greece referendum bailout offer is intended to make the country stronger in the fight for a new deal with its international creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday.
Far-right Dutch politician to broadcast more Muhammad images on public television
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders is set to broadcast more cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch public television, he announced on Monday.
The fresh broadcast... More
Bomb attack in Cairo kills Egypt's chief prosecutor
Egypt's chief prosecutor has been killed in a bomb attack carried out in Cairo.
The bomb exploded as a convoy carrying Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was passing through... More
Most not pleased with inconclusive election, poll shows
A survey has found that 67.4 percent of voters who went to the polls on June 7 are not content with the election results in which no party received enough votes to form a... More
Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Assad regime
President Vladimir Putin said at the start of talks with Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem on Monday that there was no change in Russia's support for the Syrian leadership.
EU, UK and Turkey cooperate to eradicate financial sources of terrorism
Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek emphasized the importance of cooperation against those financing terrorism. "Both Turkey and the region has suffered a great deal from terrorism.... More
Israel intercepts Marianne en route to Gaza Strip
Marianne of Gothenburg, a humanitarian aid vessel headed to Gaza Strip from Sweden was approached by three Israeli military boats early on Monday in international waters and... More
Turkey may establish a buffer zone in Syria
President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu have stepped up for a military operation into Syrian territory. Reports claim that the Turkish General Staff is on the verge of a possible military intervention with some 18,000 soldiers ready to be deployed into Syria More
ISIS and Assad cooperate to destroy FSA
A source close to the Turkish National Intelligence Organization claims an agreement was made between the Assad regime and ISIS to destroy the Free Syrian Army in the country's north, continue oil sales, assassinate Zahran Alloush and surrender Tedmur and Sukhna More
Cameron regrets use of 'Islamic State' term by BBC
British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized Monday the use of the term "Islamic State" by the BBC when referring to the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham... More
US training of Syrian rebels deteriorating
The U.S. military's program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering, with fewer than 100 volunteers, raising questions about whether the effort... More
2 dead after 71-year-old man sets himself alight on train
A 71-year-old man set himself alight on a Japanese bullet train Tuesday, killing himself and a female passenger.
Kyodo News agency reported firefighters as saying that... More
European shares fall as Greece conflict intensifies
European shares fell on Tuesday for a second straight session as a conflict between Greece and its lenders intensified, with Greece looking set to default on a major international... More
100 feared dead after Indonesia military plane crash
An Indonesian air force transport plane crashed Tuesday shortly after take-off exploding in a fireball in a city residential area, killing over 100 people while a police official... More
Turkey's private sector foreign debt rises by $12.5 billion
Turkey's private sector foreign debt rose by $12.5 billion in year-on-year terms to $277.4 billion since March 2014, the Turkish Treasury reported on Tuesday.
Private sector... More
ISIS beheads women for first time
The self proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such execution of women in Syria,... More
Grexit now a possibility: ECB's Cœuré
European Central Bank executive board member Benoît Cœuré said on Monday it was now possible that Greece may end up exiting the euro zone although this was not what the ECB... More
'AK Party's base supports coalition with MHP'
AK Party's vice chairman and spokesman, Beşir Atalay said on a live TV program Monday that the party's grassroots base supports an AK Party – MHP coalition. However,... More
Security meeting shapes contours of possible operation against ISIS
A National Security Council meeting was held Monday attended by top political and military officials to discuss in detail every option before a possible incursion into Syria to prevent ISIS from entering Turkey More
Greek banks to remain closed for a week
Greek banks will remain closed until Sunday since the ECB refused to increase credit for Greece, while Greek PM Tsipras urge citizens to say no to referendum, and top EU executive said Greek people shouldn not commit suicide More
Netherlands to pay compensation for Srebrenica victims
The Netherlands has agreed to compensate the families of three Bosnians killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
The Netherlands last week (for the first time) apologized... More
Greece’s July 5 Referendum ballot, question revealed
As the Greek government's decision to take international bailout offer of its creditors into referendum on July 5 opened a wide argument and grind Greece's economy into a... More
PKK pledges to turn Turkey into warzone if attacked
As Turkey's top officials have begun preparations for a possible two-alternative military intervention into Syria, according to local media, the PKK's second-in-command, Murat... More
Turkish deputy offers €1.6 bn helping hand to Greece
Ertuğrul Kürkçü, deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of the western province of Izmir, said Monday in a press conference held in Ankara that Turkey should... More
Yemeni forces launch Scud missile at Saudi Arabia: Yemen military spokesman
Yemeni forces launched a Scud missile at a missile base in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Yemeni state news agency Saba quoted the military's spokesman as saying.
"The rocket... More