Thursday, July 02, 2015
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
Trabzonspor coach Ersun Yanal resigns
Trabzonspor coach Ersun Yanal has resigned nearly eight months after taking up the post, the football club said on Friday.
According to reports on Turkish media, the reason... More
Turks, Germans protest attack on Munich mosque
The Turkish community and German public joined forces on Tuesday night to stage a protest against attempted arson on the Hacı Bayram Mosque in Munich's Pasing district last... More
Greece must reform before debt relief: IMF's Lagarde
One day after Greece became the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund, the head of the international lender on Wednesday suggested... More
NSA spied on high-ranking German officials: WikiLeaks
The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied not only on German Chancellor Angela Merkel but also on government ministries and members of her cabinet, documents released by... More
Greek pensioners besiege banks to withdraw 120 euros
In chaotic scenes, thousands of elderly Greeks on Wednesday besieged the nation's crisis-hit banks, which reopened to allow them to withdraw vital cash from their state pensions.
Turkey tightens security along frontier with Syria
Turkey has tightened security along its frontier with Syria amid ongoing border clashes and threats from ISIS upon Azaz, a small town northwest of Aleppo.
According to... More
US not to support Turkish idea of a buffer zone in Syria
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
US makes list of "serious security concerns"; China, Russia in top spot
Russia, China and North Korea have been singled out as part of the United States' new military strategy as the U.S. said they pose an aggressive threat to the country's security... More
Millions of homes in France in the dark as heat wave sweeps through Europe
Millions of houses in France were left in the dark on Tuesday night as temperatures soared in a blistering heat wave sweeping through Europe.
Around a million homes in... More
Turkey's Rönesans to build gas facility at the North Pole
The signing process of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facility project that will be built in Sabetta, located in the polar region of Russia, by Rönesans Industry Facilities,... More
Tsipras to accept Greece bailout conditions: report
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is getting prepared to accept bailout conditions from Greece's creditors, according to a letter written by Tsipras, which was leaked and... More
Turkish Cypriot leader wants to be “part and parcel of Europe”
President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Akıncı on Wednesday called for Europe's support in reuniting the divided island in a meeting in Brussels with... More
Turkey condemns terrorist attacks in Egypt's Sinai
Turkey on Wednesday condemned the attacks on the Egyptian military in northern Sinai that killed at least 70 Egyptian soldiers.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign... 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
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
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
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 will be imposed soon on imports of electronic products such as cellphones and tablets, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said yesterday.
"Special measures... 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