Friday, May 29, 2015
Turkey's banking watchdog approves Halkbank's purchase of Serbia's Cacanska Banka
Turkey's banking watchdog approved on Thursday state-run Halkbank's purchase of a 76 stake of Serbia's local lender Cacanska Banka, Halkbank announced in a statement.
Products supposedly of EU origin turn out to be Chinese
The Economy Ministry sent a written order to the Customs Ministry to revise all ATR-free circulation certificates after textile products allegedly of EU origin and sold in... More
OECD transport ministers focus on reshaping transport
Autonomous vehicles, alternative trade routes, mobility, automation and standardization are the focus as politicians and experts from around the world gathered in Leipzig to discuss the future of the transport sector More
EU migration proposal to relocate 40,000 refugees faces challenges
Dealing with a surge of migration, the EU has proposed to relocate 40,000 refugees among EU countries as part of a migration strategy. The proposal has proved controversial with the majority of EU countries have opposed it More
Turkey marks anniversary of the coup that started it all
Turkey yesterday marked the 55th anniversary of the May 27 military coup, the first in the history of the Republic of Turkey, which paved the way for more military takeovers of democratically elected governments More
- Real Estate
House sales to foreigners increases 43 percent in Turkey
House sales to the foreigners have increased 43.4 percent in a yearly period, reaching 19,880 as of the end of April.
According to the information from the Turkish Statistical... More
Turkey offers surgery to Syrian girl burned by bomb
An eight-year-old victim of a Syrian regime barrel bomb will undergo plastic surgery Thursday thanks to Turkish authorities.
Emira's face was completely burned two months... More
ISIS will not destroy Palmyra, just idols, sources say
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) posted photos online, which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra, that appeared to show its ancient ruins... More
Deputy PM: democracy is being poisoned by HDP threat
Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan, a Cabinet member who regularly holds talks with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on the Kurdish question, claimed on Tuesday... More
Egypt detains top Muslim Brotherhood leader
Egyptian security forces detained on Wednesday senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Taha Wahdan, a Brotherhood source has said.
Wahdan, a member of the Guidance Bureau,... More
US military accidentally ships live anthrax to labs
The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate... More
- Asia Pacific
Nepal remains where it fell
The devastatIon caused by the April 25 earthquake and the following tremor on May 12 continues to exact a high price in Nepal, where over half-a-million buildings were destroyed.... More
HDP leader admits brother being PKK member, blames gov’t for not permitting politics
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş admitted that his brother Nurettin Demirtaş is a member of the outlawed PKK and is in Iraq's Qandil Mountains... More
Sisters facing years of prison for using someone else’s discounted travel card
An Istanbul prosecutor has asked for a sentence of up-to-10-years imprisonment for a 31-year-old woman, with initials R.K., for trying to board Istanbul subway using a discounted... More
Girls joining ISIS wish to belong to a sisterhood
The perception that young women are joining the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) merely to get married is simplistic and hampers efforts to prevent other... More
Over 470 bodies exhumed from mass graves in Tikrit
Iraqi officials have exhumed more than 470 bodies believed to have been executed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) near Tikrit, a province located... More
US training of Syrian opposition fighters expands to Turkey
The U.S. military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an expected expansion of a programme... More
Election fever in Turkey grips Turkish nationals abroad
Turkey has effectively entered the general election season and will go to the polls on June 7. Turkish voters abroad began voting as of May 8 with election fever gripping expat Turks and a considerable turnout is expected More
73% of UK shop-bought chickens carry food poisoning bug
Around three quarters of fresh shop-bought chicken in the U.K. tested positive for a food poisoning bug, the Food Standards Agency said on Thursday.
The year-long study,... More
West silent on Morsi's death penalty, fails democracy
The silence of the Western world concerning the military coup that toppled Egypt’s first elected president and Western leaders’ efforts to appease the junta showed it failed the democracy test, President Erdoğan said More
The conquest of Constantinople: The heralding in a new era
The conquest of Constantinople by the Turks on May 29, 1453 is more than just the ordinary fall of a city. The conquest was a turning point both in the Turkish and Islamic history and the history of the world More
'Conversion of Hagia Sophia not on the agenda'
Presidency sources on Thursday have stated that the conversion of one of Istanbul's most famous historical monuments, the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not on the President's... More
French woman found guilty for torturing boyfriend
A French woman, who abused and enslaved her boyfriend over the course of 15 months, was sentenced to a three-year partially suspended prison on Thursday.
Zakia Medkour,... More
Still no sign of a deal in sight for Greece as G7 finance ministers meet
Greece's fate in the euro area continued to cast a shadow over the second and final day of a Group of Seven finance ministers meeting in Dresden Friday with still no sign... More
Turkey’s foreign trade deficit drop by 32 percent in April
Turkey's foreign trade deficit dropped by 31.9 percent in April compared to the same month of the previous year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (Turkstat) announced on... More
Turkish Jews reject anti-Semitism claims
Despite increasing comments aiming to create the perception that Turkey is persuing anti-Semitic policies due to its harsh rhetoric against Israel during its attacks on Gaza,... More
Istanbul’s new metro line to be driverless
Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, will join cities in which automated or driverless trains operate. The city's new metro line on its European side will have driverless trains.... More
‘Friday’ actor Reynaldo Rey passes away at 75
American actor-comedian Reynaldo Rey, who appeared in such films as "Friday", "White Men Can't Jump" and "Harlem Nights", has died on Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of... More
Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges
Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office... More
Rising Islamophobia concerns US Muslim organizations
Islamophobia was on rise particularly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but its frequency and notoriety has increased in the U.S. during the past decade, Muslim... More
Gezi Park rioters vow to return to park on anniversary
Two years after the violent riots, groups that pioneered the infamous Gezi Park protests in Istanbul pledged to mark the anniversary at the park on Sunday, the day that the... More
'I cannot monitor everyone all of the time'
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday that he cannot monitor everyone all of the time as he commented on the corruption scandal in which seven senior FIFA... More
Two car bombs kill at least ten people in Baghdad
Car bombs exploded in the parking lots of two heavily fortified five-star hotels in central Baghdad late on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, police and medical sources... More
Jailed Gülenist police chief now charged for Dink Murder
Jailed Gülenist officer Ali Fuat Yılmazer, who is accused of taking part in a plot to kill Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink has been arrested late Thursday.
Turkish executive Şenes Erzik to be interviewed in FIFA probe
While FIFA's veteran President Sepp Blatter, who chaired an emergency meeting after the corruption scandal, refused the call to resign from UEFA President Platini, Turkish executive Şenes Erzik will also be interviewed by prosecutors More
Turkic journalists meeting aims to develop journalism in Turkic nations
The Kazan Declaration was announced Thursday, the last day of the second council of the Turkic World Journalists held in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan.
Up to 70 journalists... More
HDP poisoning democracy, deputy PM says
Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan, who regularly holds talks with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on the Kurdish question, said on Tuesday during a TV program... More
Gülen linked Bank Asya deleted 800,000 transaction records
While investigations continue into Bank Asya, which was seized by Turkey's banking watchdog earlier this year, it has been discovered that 800,000 transaction records were deleted at the bank just after the Dec. 17 in 2013 operation More
'Electronic devices used to cheat on KPSS exam'
The investigation into alleged fraud in a 2010 nationwide civil-service recruitment exam in Turkey has revealed that the suspects have used wireless electronic devices to... More
Decision to bar US journalist was hers, mayor says
Fatma Şahin, mayor of the southeastern city of Gaziantep, denied claims by U.S. journalist Stephen Kinzer that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked the mayor to cancel the... More