Turkey: World’s oldest temple attracts record visitors

Turkey: World’s oldest temple attracts record visitors

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SANLIURFA, TurkeyLocated in southeastern Turkey, Gobeklitepe, the world’s oldest known temple, was visited by nearly 26,000 people during the recent nine-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, according to an official at the ancient site.Celal Uludag, head of…

Turkey: 2.5M students to take university entrance exam

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Over 2.5 million Turkish students will take the country’s national university entrance exams this weekend, the head of Turkey’s examination body said on Thursday.”The YKS [Higher Education Institutions Examination], which consists of three rounds, will…

Galatasaray High School Reunion Day: ‘Freedom to Academics for Peace’

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On the 85th traditional reunion day at Galatasaray High School in Istanbul, the Galatasaray Common Sense Platform has sent their greetings to arrested Academics for Peace Fusun Astel and Tuna Altinel and said, Our solidarity will always continue. On th…

‘The Rich Spend 23 Times More on Education Than the Poor’

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In her article entitled The Gap Between Ayse and Elif as part of her Long Story article series, Umay Aktas Salman from the Education Reform Initiative has underlined that the educational expenses of the rich are 23 times higher than those of the poor. …

Publisher and Writer of ‘Zumrut Apartment’ Book Released on Probation

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The publisher and the writer of the book “Zumrut Apartment”, who were previously taken into custody on the allegation that “they praised child abuse” in the book, have been released on probation later in the day. After the book “Zumrut Apartment” penne…

Report by Ankara Bar Association Regarding Allegations of Torture in Custody

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Releasing a report regarding the allegations of torture in Ankara Financial Crimes Investigation Bureau, the Ankara Bar Association has shared detailed information on the allegations and requested an investigation against law enforcement officers. The …

Teachers Protesting Discharges Released for the Fifth Time

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Teachers Nursel Tanriverdi and Selvi Polat, who were arrested for the fifth time for protesting discharges, have been released again after serving 14 days in prison. Teachers Nursel Tanriverdi and Selvi Polat, who were discharged from civil service by …

Turkey publishes Quran translation in Amharic language

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The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) has published the Muslim holy book Quran with Amharic translation for Ethiopian Muslims.Some 15,000 copies will be distributed to the Muslims once the publication is completed with the cooperation of Turkey’s Presid…

President Erdo?an receives Speaker Furey of the Senate of Canada

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Speaker of the Senate of Canada, George J. Furey, at the Presidential Complex. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

“Education is the main pillar on which we build our future”

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Speaking at an iftar with educators, President Erdogan said: Education is the main pillar on which we build our future. Societies, which neglect education, cannot build a bright and prosperous future for themselves. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliv…

Over 100 FETO suspects held in exam irregularities bid

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At least 111 suspects from Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) have been arrested on Monday as part of an investigation into irregularities in staff recruitment exams for the Foreign Ministry.According to the prosecutor’s office in capital Ankara, a…

Turkey’s UN ambassador warns of looming Idlib disaster

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A potential large-scale regime offensive on northwestern Syria’s Idlib province would “cause a major humanitarian catastrophe,” Turkey’s UN ambassador said Friday.Feridun Sinirlioglu told the Security Council while such a scenario has so far been avoid…

Turkey-Cyprus Tensions Escalate With Naval Exercise

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In a move expected to ratchet up tensions, Turkey is holding a major naval exercise amidst an escalating row over energy exploration rights in Cyprus. The dispute is adding to existing tensions between Turkey and its Western allies.”Our aim in military…

Arrested Academic for Peace Tuna Altinel: Solidarity Keeps One Alive

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Arrested Academic for Peace Assoc. Prof. Tuna Altinel has sent a message from prison to bianet: We will keep on showing the same consistency with all my fellow colleagues, with whom I walk together, and our solidarity will always continue. Academic for…

Teachers Protesting Discharges Arrested for the Fifth Time

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Teachers Tanriverdi and Polat, who were arrested for four times before for protesting discharges, have been arrested again. They previously appealed to the Council of Judges and Prosecutors, filing a complaint against the judges and prosecutors in Baki…

Nations cutting financial aid to education, says UNESCO

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Painting a grim picture that governments in the West are cutting financial support to education, a UN body has appreciated Turkey for hosting and educating migrant population. UNESCO in its latest Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report), releas…

Avalanche sweeps away Anadolu Agency reporter in Turkey

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An Anadolu Agency correspondent went missing after he was swept away by an avalanche in northeast Turkey on Friday.Abdulkadir Nisanci, the agency correspondent, was covering the road construction works on Mount Soganli, located between northeastern Bay…

Turkey to launch miniature satellites in 2020

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Turkey will launch two miniature satellites to space next year, according to a Turkish defense technology company.STM Defense Technology and Engineering Company aims to develop small satellites, Elif Dirgin, the director of the satellite systems, said …

Teacher Ay?e Celik Released From Prison upon Constitutional Court Verdict of ‘Right Violation’

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Celik was imprisoned for “terrorist propaganda” for having said, “Don’t let children die,” in a TV program. The Constitutional Court has ruled that her right to freedom of expression is violated. Teacher Ayse Celik has been released from the Type-E Pri…

Teachers Protesting Discharges File Complaint Against Police for Torture

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Teachers Tanriverdi and Polat have been staging protests for more than one year, during which they were detained and released more than 30 times. Teachers Nursel Tanriverdi and Selvi Polat, who were arrested and released four times before on the charge…

Promote education to combat hate: Islamic scholar

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A prominent Islamic scholar has said that Muslims around the world are looking up to Turkey for role of a leader, even though it is facing its own challenges. Turkey is strategically positioned. It has its own challenges. But at the moment, a lot of pe…

Who Controls the Media in Turkey?

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The 2018 updates of the “Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Project” by bianet and Reporters Without Borders Germany have been completed. Findings show that transparency in ownership and political affiliations has deteriorated in the last three years. The I…

Workers Protesting Dismissals Sentenced to 1 Year, 3 Months in Prison

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Seven workers who were dismissed from Izmir TARIS factory for unionizing and labor union executives who protested the dismissals have been each sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison on charge of deprivation of liberty. Seven workers of TARIS facto…

’43 People Found to Have Links with FETO in ?stanbul Local Election Investigation’

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State-run Anadolu Agency has alleged that 43 balloting committee chairs and members investigated in relation with Istanbul local elections have links with the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is held responsible for July 15 coup attemp…

Turkey hails 70th anniversary of Council of Europe

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Turkey on Sunday hailed the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe.”Turkey is a founding member of the Council of Europe that brings together European democracies around common values. Congratulations on its 70th anniversary,” Turkey’s Foreign Minis…

Pakistan condemns Israeli attack on Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan’s Embassy in Turkey has condemned Saturday’s Israeli airstrikes which destroyed Anadolu Agency’s office in the Gaza Strip. “We strongly condemn the Israeli attack against Anadolu Agency’s office in Gaza. We wish Anadolu to continue its noble c…

‘Israel trying to cut off Turkish help to Gaza’:NGO

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Israel wants to choke off Turkish help to Gaza, a Turkish aid group said Sunday in the wake of Israeli attacks on its office as well as the office of Anadolu Agency. “Israel wants to cut the Turkish hand of help to the poor in Gaza,” Hani al-Agha, head…

Turkish instructors train Gambian police

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The Gambian police has concluded a two-week training with three Turkish instructors on public order management on Friday. The 30 paramilitary officials who benefitted from the training were handed their certificates at the paramilitary headquarters in …

Europe’s security today begins in Turkey: Hungarian FM

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Hungary’s foreign minister praised Turkey on Friday for its role in guaranteeing Europe’s security. “Hungary sees Turkey as a strategic ally and friend,” Peter Szijjarto said at a joint press conference after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut …

“The fact that the defense industry products manufactured in our country are globally recognized shows that we have been taking the right steps”

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Speaking at the IDEF’19, President Erdogan said: The fact that the defense industry products manufactured in our country are globally recognized shows that we have been taking the right steps. We are, step by step, approaching our aim to have a say in …

“We, as Turkey, have achieved reforms and records of historic proportions in almost every area over the past 17 years”

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Addressing commercial counsellors at the Presidential Complex, President Erdogan said: We, as Turkey, have achieved reforms and records of historic proportions in almost every area over the past 17 years. We have never neglected healthcare while focusi…

Demirta?: CHP Doesn’t Owe Anything to Us, It Owes Service to People

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Giving his first interview after calling his voters to go to polls in local elections, HDP’s imprisoned former Co-Chair Demirtas has said, Municipalities of CHP do not owe anything to us, but they owe an equal, just, transparent and democratic service …

Parliamentary Speaker ?entop: It Wouldn’t Be Right for me to Visit Leyla Guven

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Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Sentop has stated that HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guven, who has been on a hunger strike for 173 days, is not on hunger strike due to her own situation and it would not be right for him to pay a visit to Guven. Parliamentary Spe…

Iran’s Zarif: US Trying to ‘Bring Iran to Its Knees’

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is accusing the United States of trying to “bring Iran to its knees” and overthrow its government by seeking to thwart its international oil trade.Zarif, in an interview broadcast on the U.S. cable show Fox…

Iran’s Zarif: US Trying to ‘Bring Iran to Its Knees’

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is accusing the United States of trying to “bring Iran to its knees” and overthrow its government by seeking to thwart its international oil trade.Zarif, in an interview broadcast on the U.S. cable show Fox…

FSA prepared for possible YPG/PKK attacks in Syria

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The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) is getting ready for possible attacks by YPG/PKK terrorists against Turkey-liberated areas in northern Syria, according to Anadolu Agency screening of the training. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, FSA commanders a…

Professional Organizations Make a Call to Bak?rkAly for May Day Celebrations in ?stanbul

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The May 1 Organization Committee, which applied to the Governorship of Istanbul to organize this year’s May Day celebrations in Taksim, has announced that they will celebrate it in BakirkAly as the governorship has rejected Taksim request again. The Ma…

Former Police Intelligence Chief Sabri Uzun Arrested

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Former Police Intelligence Chief Sabri Uzun, who was taken into custody on April 23 as part of an investigation by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, has been arrested on charges of insulting the President and aiding a terrorist organization. For…

Minister of Interior Soylu: Perpetrator of Child Abuse in ?stanbul Caught

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Speaking about the incident of child abuse in Istanbul, Minister of Interior Soylu has stated that the perpetrator has been caught. Istanbul Governorship also announced that a legal action would be taken against the ones who used the incident for provo…

Police Batter Transgender Woman in Mersin

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Trans woman Isil has been battered by police in Mersin. Speaking about the issue, Mersin 7 Colors LGBTI+ Solidarity Association’s General Coordinator Arican has stated that violence against transgender people has become systematic in Mersin. Police off…

IHD Statement on Armenian Genocide: ‘Denial Does Not Change This Reality’

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“Even if there is one just one right defender left, the spirit against the genocide and the denial will not be absent from this region,” said the Human Rights Association (IHD). HDP MP Paylan, MP Clapot from France, and EGAM Chair Abtan also made speec…

First Lady Erdo?an: “Health is the greatest capital for the individual”

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Speaking at the 2nd International Traditional and Complementary Medicine Congress, First Lady Emine Erdogan said: Health is the greatest capital for the individual. Physical illness spreads to the mind, and mental illness spreads to the body, which is …

President Erdo?an attends April 23rd International Children’s Festival

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the April 23rd International Children’s Festival held by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) at the Bestepe Culture and Convention Center of the Presidential Complex. Delivering a speech at the pro…

President Erdo?an attends April 23 reception at GNAT

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in a reception held at the Honorary Hall of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Parliament and the April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. P…

Children ‘Rule’ Turkey for One Day, Take Action to Protect Animals

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On the occasion of the April 23 Children’s day, children “assumed office” at public posts in Turkey. They emphasized the importance of animal rights. Turkey observes the Children’s Day on every April 23, the anniversary of the foundation of the Grand N…

Demonstration and march ban in Hakkari

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Hakkari Governorate banned all demonstrations, marches and press statements across the province for 15 days. The ban was based on the prevention of potential social incidents and provocative acts.Source: Initiative for Freedom of Expression

Turkish minister calls for calm after attack on opp. leader

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Turkish defense minister on Sunday called for calm after main opposition party leader was attacked during the funeral of a soldier in Cubuk district of the capital city.Hulusi Akar’s remarks came after the leader of the opposition Republican People’s P…

Christians Seek Retrieval of Antiquities Stolen by IS

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The so-called Islamic State (IS) may have been defeated militarily, but the terror group has left behind massive devastation in Syria and Iraq that is beyond repair � at least for now.Last month, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared vict…

President Erdo?an attends Atalay ?ahino?lu’s funeral

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the funeral of Atalay Sahinoglu, a former president of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. Also present at the funeral were Deputy Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Celal Adan and Minister of Trea…

Presidential Cabinet convenes under the chairmanship of President Erdo?an

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The Presidential Cabinet convened under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

President Erdo?an receives students from Deak Ferenc Bilingual High School and Kabata? Boys’ High School

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received at the Presidential Complex students from the Deak Ferenc Bilingual High School, located in Hungary, and Kabatas Boys’ High School, located in Istanbul. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

First Lady Erdo?an: “A safe and prosperous world can be built only through sharing humanity’s problems and sufferings”

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Speaking at the Changemaker award ceremony held by the World Humanitarian Forum, First Lady Emine Erdogan said: A safe and prosperous world can be built only through sharing humanity’s problems and sufferings. I think we have a lot of work to do togeth…

President Erdo?an chairs Defense Industry Executive Committee

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The Defense Industry Executive Committee convened under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chairmanship at the Presidential Complex. The written statement released following the meeting read that the latest developments in defense industry were discussed…

First Lady Erdo?an inaugurates art exhibition on recycling entitled “You can stop it!”

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First Lady Emine Erdogan inaugurated in Ankara an art exhibition about recycling entitled You can stop it! Also present at the inauguration of the exhibition, held by REC Turkey and supported by TANAP Social and Environmental Investment Programs, was M…

President Lukashenko of Belarus at the Presidential Complex

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus with an official ceremony at the Presidential Complex. After the Turkish and Belarusian national anthems were played, President Lukashenko of Belarus inspected the guard …

METU Rectorate cancels Spring Festival

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Middle East Technical University (METU) Rectorate cancelled the annual Spring Festival this year due to insufficient technical and administrative resources. Rector Prof. Mustafa Versan KAlk claimed that the responsible for the cancellation is LGBT, Mar…

Nol-pros for police violence

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A verdict of non-prosecution was issued in the criminal complaint made by Aydin Aydogan against security forces. Aydogan was injured following the police intervention against the 700th week protest of the Saturday Mothers; his main finger and wrist wer…

Turkish wrestler wins gold in European championships

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Turkey’s Atakan Yuksel won a gold medal in the 2019 European Wrestling Championships in Romania on Sunday. Competing in the men’s 67-kg Greco-Roman category, Yuksel beat Polish competitor Gevorg Sahakyan 5-1 to claim the medal in the tournament in Buch…

“We cannot achieve any of our goals until we build an education system that befits our people’s faith and values”

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Speaking at the 57th plenary session of the ONDER Association of Imam Hatip Alumni, President Erdogan said: The lofty aim of education in our civilization is to raise righteous people. We cannot achieve any of our goals until we build an education syst…

NATO hails Turkey’s pivotal role in Middle East

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A top NATO official on Friday praised Turkey’s hospitality towards refugees and hard work in the Middle East.I pay tribute particularly to the Turkish role in providing refuge of millions of people who have been displaced by the terror conflict in Syri…

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