Summer beckons as Turkish students wave school goodbye

Summer beckons as Turkish students wave school goodbye

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ANKARANine long months of school behind them, some 18 million Turkish students are casting off their uniforms and looking forward to a long summer holiday.Preschool, primary, and secondary students are getting their report cards on Friday as they head …

Turkey commemorates martyrdom of ambassador

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Turkey on Sunday commemorated assassination of the Turkish Ambassador to Vatican Taha Carim.”We commemorate with respect our martyr Taha Carim, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the Holy See, assassinated by the Armenian terrorist organization JC…

Erdogan: I Think There is a Misunderstanding

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President Erdogan has commented on Supreme Election Council’s ruling that the investigated district election council chairs and directors shall be on duty in Istanbul repeat elections: I think there is a misunderstanding. We appealed to the YSK as a pr…

Syrian Government Bombs Market, Ignoring Trump Warning

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Government forces in Syria have bombed a market in the country’s northwest, killing at least four civilians, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Syria, Russia and Iran stop “bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria.”The airstrike Mo…

Syrian Government Bombs Market, Ignoring Trump Warning

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Government forces in Syria have bombed a market in the country’s northwest, killing at least four civilians, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Syria, Russia and Iran stop “bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria.”The airstrike Mo…

Spain’s Patriots may stay in Turkey for 6 more months

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Madrid is in a process of deciding the extension of Patriot air defense missiles in Turkey’s southern Adana province for the next six months, Spanish ambassador in Ankara said.Battery of Patriot missiles were deployed in Incirlik Airbase [in Adana prov…

Rights Groups: Abuses on the Rise in Syria’s Afrin

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WASHINGTON Rights groups are expressing concerns over the increasing abuses against civilians by rebel forces in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin.Last week, a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome, who was kidnapped by a rebel group, was killed alon…

Press Council Sends Letter to Assaulted Journalists: You are Not Alone

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The High Council of the Press Council of Turkey has sent a letter to six assaulted journalists: These unacceptable attacks aim to disregard people’s right to obtain information and frighten and intimidate journalists. As the physical assaults targeting…

Turkish Airlines Not to Give Out Agos Newspaper Anymore

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Giving out Agos newspaper free of charge at its newspaper stands in international terminals since 2013, Turkish Airlines (THY) has unilaterally terminated its contract with Agos. The weekly newspaper will no longer be on the THY newspaper stands. Turki…

NASA Scientist Wants to Return to US After Turkish Prison Release

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A Turkish-American scientist who was recently released from three years in a Turkish prison said Friday he wants to return to the United States and his former job at NASA.Serkan Golge, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was freed Wednesday shortly after U.S. …

First Reaction by CHP Against ‘Judicial Reform’: Separation of Powers Trampled Upon

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Main opposition CHP’s Group Deputy Chair Ozgur Ozel has spoken about the Judicial Reform Strategy announced by President Erdogan: It is one of those days when separation of powers is trampled upon and one-man rule is confirmed. Republican People’s Part…

‘The Detained Woman Began Her Meeting With Lawyer in Tears’

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Preparing a preliminary report on the allegations of torture in Halfeti, Urfa, the Foundation for Society and Legal Studies (TOHAV) has requested that an investigation be launched against investigating bodies, public officers and physicians. Making a s…

Constitutional Court Postpones Meeting on Academics for Peace

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Examining the individual applications of 10 Academics for Peace signatory to the declaration We will not be a party to this crime, the Constitutional Court has postponed the meeting as the Ministry of Justice did not submit the requested opinion. The C…

NSC Statement: “We will continue our activities in line with the international law and not allow faits accomplis in East Mediterranean”

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The written statement, issued after the National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Erdogan, read: The determination to protect the rights and interests of the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and of the Turk…

US Official: Russia Unlikely to Support Full-Scale Offensive on Syria’s Idlib

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A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that Washington does not believe Russia will allow an all-out military offensive on the Syrian province of Idlib, which has been under Syrian government assault for the past month.”Our conversations with the Russia…

Turkey hosting NATO’s biggest undersea rescue drill

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The NATO alliance’s biggest-ever national undersea search and rescue exercise is now taking place in the Turkish Aegean, a top Turkish officer said on Wednesday.The KURTARAN-19 military exercise is the largest national undersea search and rescue exerci…

‘Bill to protect Cappadocia for future generations’

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Future generations will be able to enjoy the natural, historical and cultural beauty of Turkey’s prominent tourist destination of Cappadocia with a new bill meant to protect the region, a Turkish lawmaker from the region said on Wednesday.A bill aiming…

‘Turkey part of Europe’: Turkish diplomat

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Ankara’s top diplomat for EU affairs said on Wednesday that it is not possible to accept unjust and disproportionate criticisms in the 2019 EU Commission report on Turkey.The EU does not demonstrate impartial attitude towards Turkey because of the prej…

‘Impunity Encouraging Violence Against Journalists Paves the Way for New Attacks’

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The recent attacks targeting journalists and writers in general and the most recent attack against Odatv columnist Sabahattin Onkibar in particular have been condemned by politicians and journalists’ organizations. The surging physical assaults against…

Turkey neutralizes 433 terrorists since start of 2019

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Turkey has neutralized 433 PKK/YPG terrorists since the beginning of 2019, the country’s interior minister said Tuesday. There are slightly more than 600 terrorists in the mountains. It was 12,000-13,000 in the 1990s and 2000s, said Suleyman Soylu. The…

At Least 31 Journalists Attacked, 1 Journalist Killed in the Last 17 Months

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As physical assaults targeting journalists have been surging especially over the last two weeks, we have compiled the attacks launched against journalists since early 2018 till today based on bianet Media Monitoring Reports. As five journalists have be…

Over 1,000 irregular migrants held across Turkey

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A total of 1,031 irregular migrants were held across Turkey on Monday, security sources said.In the northwestern province of Edirne, which borders Greece and Bulgaria, gendarmerie forces rounded up 693 migrants, said a source on condition of anonymity …

‘Even the Judge Had to Append Torture Allegations to Record’

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Visiting the ones detained in Halfeti, lawyer SAlzen has stated that though they requested referral of the detained to Forensic Medicine Institution to identify torture marks, their request has not been responded. Their period of detention has been ext…

‘What Do You Mean by “Island in Mourning”, You Have Ruined it’

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Visiting the Island of Yassiada, Erdogan said, I don’t call it Yassiada, but ‘Yasli Ada’, meaning an island in mourning. Not realizing that his microphone was on, Anchor Haksever responded, What do you mean by island in mourning? You have ruined it. NT…

President Erdogan attends Award Ceremony of International Holy Quran Memorization and Recitation Contest

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the award ceremony of the Turkey 7th International Contest of Memorization and Fine Recitation of the Holy Quran at Istanbul Camlica Mosque. Vice President Fuat Oktay and Minister of Environment and Urbanization …

Turkish pilot, 84, still flying American skies

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Still flying high at 84 years old, a Turkish pilot living in the U.S. says he has flown all around America, chasing his aviation hobby.Sevgin Oktay told Anadolu Agency that his passion for the sky started when he was a young boy watching airshows by pi…

Turkish jets strike PKK terror targets in N.Iraq

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Turkish fighter jets struck PKK terrorist targets in northern Iraq, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.On Twitter, the ministry said Turkish air operations in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq destroyed weapon positions, shelters, …

Press Release Regarding Africa Day

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The African Union declared May 25th, which marks the anniversary of its foundation as Africa Day. We celebrate this meaningful day of the African Union and nations of the African continent. By virtue of Africa Day, various events are held every year al…

1,500-year-old book seized in Turkey

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Turkish security forces confiscated a 1,500-year-old religious book in Izmir province Friday, said local police. The police department’s anti-smuggling and organized crime unit carried out the operation in Gaziemir district.The 17-page book is written …

‘Freedom of Speech in Prison’ Book by C?SST Association

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Freedom of Speech in Prison book prepared by Korkut and Demirbas from the Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST) Association focuses on the restrictions imposed on prisoners’ freedom of speech and the recommendations to overcome them. The book “Free…

Journalist Ay?e Duzkan Referred to Eski?ehir Open Prison

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Feminist journalist and writer Ayse Duzkan has been referred to an open prison. Leaving BakirkAly Women’s Closed Prison in Istanbul last evening, Duzkan is expected to be transferred to Eskisehir Open Prison in 30 hours. After the request of feminist j…

Supreme Court of Appeals Upholds Life Sentence of Nevin Y?ld?r?m

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The Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence given by the local court to Nevin Yildirim, who killed the man who sexually assaulted her systematically. The appellate review of Nevin Yildirim, who killed the man who sexually assaulted her in…

‘Number of Women Neighborhood and Village Heads Increases by 72 Percent’

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According to the figures announced by the Association for Support and Training of Women Candidates (KA.DER), the number of women neighborhood and village heads has increased from 674 to 1,065 in March 31 local elections. Before the March 31 local elect…

“The knowledge the Islamic scholars have contributed to the world continues to enlighten the path of humanity even today”

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Speaking at an event marking 2019 as the Year of Prof. Fuat Sezgin, President Erdogan drew attention to the ancient and remarkably rich civilization of Islam, and said: The knowledge the Islamic scholars have contributed to the world in a wide range of…

Statement as to the Accusations of Academic Ay?e Gul Alt?nay

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Are we going to turn our pain into more violence, hate, pain and injustice, or into steps that multiply life, beauty, love, peace and justice? Prof. Dr. Ayse Gul Altinay, who has been working in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies and gender a…

Arrested Academic for Peace Fusun Astel to be Transferred to Open Prison

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Eskisehir 1st Judgeship of Execution has accepted Astel’s request for transfer to an open prison by referring to a verdict by Supreme Court of Appeals, which ruled, The ones convicted of terror propaganda cannot be deemed a terrorist organization membe…

Turkey introduces settlement delay for FX purchases

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Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) announced new measures on Tuesday for foreign exchange transactions.FX purchases by individuals of over $100,000 will be transferred to their accounts with a one-working day delay, according to …

Direct flights from Istanbul to Mexico start in August

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Mexican foreign minister on Tuesday announced direct flights from Istanbul to Mexico City would start in August.In a Twitter post, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon said he had a long talk with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu — who went to the Mexico C…

‘The Time Allocated to All These Should Be Devoted to Solving Rabia Naz Murder’

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Translator Metin Cihan, who has been raising concerns on social media over the suspicious death of 11-year-old Rabia Naz Vatan, has deposed at the police department due to a tweet that he posted about the Gezi resistance in 2018. Translator Metin Cihan…

Even ‘Two Protection Orders’ Could not Protect the Woman Lawyer Killed in Diyarbak?r

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Diyarbakir Bar Association Women’s Rights Center has called all bar associations to take an action against male violence. Lawyer Hatice Demir from Diyarbakir Bar Association Women’s Rights Center has told these sentences. For, Mesut Issi shot to death …

Turkey seeks 249 suspects over cheating at ministry exam

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Authorities in Turkey have issued detention warrants for 249 people as part of an investigation into alleged cheating during exams to recruit staff to the country’s foreign ministry between 2010 and 2013. The Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s office says 91 of…

Erdogan – TAS?AD Debate and Media

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Media ombudsperson Bildirici has penned an article entitled How has the debate between the President and TASIAD been faded out? and drawn attention to the shortcomings in the news of not only pro-government media but also of the opposition media. In hi…

Lawsuit by AKP MP Nurettin Canikli Against Father of Rabia Naz Vatan

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AKP MP Nurettin Canikli has filed a criminal complaint for defamation against Saban Vatan, the father of 11-year-old Rabia Naz, who suspiciously died. Canikli has said that his lawsuits don’t aim to prevent his messages about his daughter’s death. Ista…

Jimmy Carter Finds Renaissance in 2020 Democratic Scramble

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Former President Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity …

Escalating Violence in Syria’s Idlib Province Could Turn into Bloodbath

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A senior United Nations official warns the alarming escalation of hostilities in northern Syria’s Idlib province could spiral out of control with disastrous consequences for its three million civilian inhabitants.The recent uptick in violence in Syria’…

Turkey court hands life sentences to 14 over 2016 attack

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A Turkish court on Friday handed down life sentences to 14 people convicted of planning a deadly 2016 attack outside a stadium in Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.Forty-seven people were killed in the attack near the Vodafone Arena …

CHP Chair K?l?cdaro?lu: Supreme Election Council Staged a Coup Against Nation’s Will

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Speaking to Kucukkaya from Fox TV, CHP Chair Kilicdaroglu has said, I cannot trust the Supreme Election Council (YSK). It staged a coup against the nation’s will. He has also added, The whole world wonders on what grounds it annulled the elections. Mai…

A Rum Citizen Murdered in GAlkceada: Perception of ‘Rich Minorities’ Risks Human Life

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After a Rum (Greek) citizen was found dead in GAlkceada, Canakkale, YenikAly Aya Panagia Church Foundation Chair Laki Vingas has spoken to bianet and emphasized that wrong perceptions regarding minorities put human life at risk. 86-year-old Zafir Pinar…

Turkey-Iraq mull signing military cooperation, trust agreement

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Turkey and Iraq are in discussions to sign a mutually beneficial military cooperation and trust agreement after day-long meetings in the capital Ankara.Erdogan received Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-…

“MIT Trucks” Case: Lawsuit against Erdem Gul abated, Enis Berbero?lu not sentenced

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In the lawsuit filed on the stopping of the trucks belonging to the Turkish National Intelligence, the file against Adalar Mayor Erdem Gul was abated and Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Enis Berberoglu was not sentenced. In the hearing of the lawsui…

Over 1,500 military personnel suspended in 11 months

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A total of 1,553 personnel with suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) were suspended from the Turkish Armed Forces in the last 11 months.Some 879 were dismissed from the Army, while 242 were suspended from the Navy and 432 from …

Senior MP: Turkey to have no trouble with S-400 deal

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Turkey will have no trouble in implementing a deal with Russia to purchase S-400 missile systems, the head of Turkey’s Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee said on Tuesday.Meeting Russian Ambassador Aleksey Yerhov in the capital Ankara, Volkan Bozki…

Teachers Protesting Discharges Appeal to Council of Judges and Prosecutors

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Having been arrested and released for four times before for protesting discharges, teachers Tanriverdi and Polat have appealed to the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) and filed a complaint against judges of peace and prosecutors in BakirkAly. Ha…

From AKP’s Y?ld?r?m to Artists Who Say ‘Everything Will Be Fine’: It Harms Their Career

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Ruling AKP’s Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor candidate Binali Yildirim has stated that artists should treat everyone equally and it is not right for them to group together in one place. Binali Yildirim, who lost the March 31 local elections according to un…

Ekrem ?mamo?lu: They Campaign by Making Children Say ‘They Stole’

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Ekrem Imamoglu, CHP’s Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor candidate whose certificate of election has been revoked, has responded to AKP’s candidate Binali Yildirim, who said, Why were Istanbul elections annulled? Very simple. Because they stole. After the Sup…

President and AKP Chair Erdo?an: Artists Don’t Flatter People of That Kind

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Attending the fast-breaking meal at Taksim Square in Istanbul, President and AKP Chair Erdogan has addressed the artists who supported Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor candidate Imamoglu: Artists speak with their art, they do not flatter people of that kind…

‘You Will Find Justice by Struggling’

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In the Truth and Justice conference, the struggle of enforced disappearances from Plaza de Mayo to Galatasaray has been discussed. Isabel Noia from Argentina has said, I believe that you will also find justice by struggling. “We were demanding our love…

Over 90 kilograms of heroin seized in eastern Turkey

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Gendarmerie forces impounded 91 kilograms heroin in Turkey’s eastern Van province, according to a statement Sunday.The statement said the heroin was seized in Ipekyolu district from the back of a truck which was carrying cattle.Three people were arrest…

President Erdo?an at Council of State’s 151st anniversary event

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a ceremony held to mark the 151st anniversary of the foundation of the Council of State. Also attending the ceremony were Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Mustafa Sentop, Chairman of the Re…

President Erdo?an at Council of State’s 151st anniversary event

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a ceremony held to mark the 151st anniversary of the foundation of the Council of State. Also attending the ceremony were Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Mustafa Sentop, Chairman of the Re…

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