Former President Gul, Former PM Davuto?lu Criticize Dismissal of HDP Mayors

Former President Gul, Former PM Davuto?lu Criticize Dismissal of HDP Mayors

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The two former prominent figures of the AKP criticized to the dismissal of three mayors, saying it is “against democracy.” The 11th President, Abdullah Gul has issued a statement on his Twitter account regarding the dismissal of the mayors of Diyarbaki…

Artuklu University President: ‘There is no Closure, YOK Ordered and I did’

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President Prof. Agirakca has refuted the claims that the Institute of Living Languages will be closed due to “savings measures” by the senate of the university. Mardin Artuklu University President Prof. Dr. Ahmet Agirakca has refuted the claims that th…

Government and TARK-?? Confederation Agree on Collective Labor Agreement

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According to the 2019 Public Sector Collective Labor Agreement, the workers earning less than 3,500 TRY a month will receive 150 TRY as bonification and a wage increase of 8+4 percent will be applied to all workers in first and second halves of 2019. T…

Presidential Aide: ‘Babacan, Davuto?lu Aim to Prevent Erdo?an’s Reelection’

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Mehmet Ali Sahin has accused the two former AKP figures of “supporting a project of Turkey without Erdogan.” Presidency Supreme Advisory Council member Mehmet Ali Sahin has commented on preparations by former PM Ahmet Davutoglu and former Deputy PM Ali…

Istanbul Mayor ?mamo?lu: We Plan to Hold a Competition for Taksim Square

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Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Imamoglu has announced that they are planning to organize a competition for the urban planning and design of Taksim Square. I don’t think these huge, stark naked squares add an identity to this city, he has said. Metropolita…

Erdogan iterates vow to fight attacks against Turkey

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday reiterated determination to fight against those targeting Turkey’s development.We will continue to let those down who use many methods from terrorist attacks to economic traps to stop Turkey in the period ahead o…

Turkey supports UN call for ceasefire in Libya

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Turkey on Saturday expressed support for the UN call for ceasefire in the conflict-stricken Libya on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha, a Muslim religious holiday. We support the call for truce made by Ghassan Salame, United Nations Secretary-General’s …

Turkey: Political parties urge FETO leader extradition

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Political parties in Turkey issued a joint statement Friday demanding the extradition of Fetullah Terrorist Organization’s (FETO) leader from the U.S.”[Fetullah Gulen] continues to disseminate heretical views using the tactics of terrorist organization…

US, Turkey must resolve YPG before others: ex-official

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Retired Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said the basic problem between Washington and Ankara in Syria is the YPG terror group and the recent safe-zone agreement there is “a baby step.” “Well, fundamentally the YPG is an offshoot of the PKK. The PKK is a terror…

Refugees ‘huge challenge’ for Turkey, says EU official

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An EU official on Thursday said that hosting more than 3.6 million refugees, is a huge challenge for Turkey. Addressing the 11th Ambassadors’ Conference in capital Ankara, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulo…

Turkish foreign minister praises EU commissioner’s term

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The wisdom of EU commissioner for migration enabled Turkey and the EU to write success stories amid compelling challenges, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.Cavusoglu hosted EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citiz…

Turkey says meeting with US on Syria ‘positive’

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Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Wednesday that talks with the US aimed at averting the need for a Turkish military intervention into northern Syria had been positive, according to state news agency Anadolu.We witnessed with satisfaction that…

Turkey, US agree ‘joint operation center’ for northern Syria

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Turkey and the United States have agreed to establish a joint operation center to manage tensions between Kurdish militia and Turkish forces in northern Syria, Ankara said Wednesday. The defense ministry said in a statement that Ankara had agreed with …

Syrian Troops Take Villages, Push Toward Key Rebel-Held Town

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Syrian government forces captured two northwestern villages in an intensified offensive on the last rebel-held part of the country, inching closer to the town of Kfar Zeita which has been held by insurgents since 2012, opposition activists and state me…

Turkey, US Progress on Joint ‘Safe Zone’ in Northern Syria

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Turkey and the United States appeared to be inching closer Wednesday to establishing a purported safe zone in Syria, administered by a planned joint operations center. The area would be a “peace corridor,” the countries wrote in joint statements, aime…

Access Block to bianet, 135 Web Addresses on Parliamentary Agenda

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“Is it possible to consider the block order an independent judicial decision?” MP Kerestecioglu has asked the Justice Minister. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Ankara MP Filiz Kerestecioglu has submitted a parliamentary question Abdulhamit Gul, the Min…

First Lady Erdogan hosts luncheon for women ambassadors

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First Lady Emine Erdogan hosted a luncheon for women ambassadors and spouses of ambassadors at the Presidential Complex as part of the 11th Ambassadors’ Conference. Delivering a speech during the luncheon, First Lady Erdogan, drawing attention to the i…

President Zelensky of Ukraine at the Presidential Complex

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine at the Presidential Complex. Prior to their meeting, President Erdogan welcomed President Zelensky into the Presidential Complex with an official ceremony. After the nation…

Brazil’s top court denies extradition of Erdogan opponent

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Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request for the extradition of an opponent of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan saying there was no guarantee he would get a fair trial in Turkey.Ali Sipahi, a businessman and owner of restaurants in Sao Paul…

Libya’s UN-Backed Government Steps Up Defense Spending as War Drags On

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Libya’s internationally recognized government has allocated 40 million Libyan dinars ($28.5 million) for its defense ministry, it said on Tuesday, stepping up spending to fend off an eastern offensive as the war enters a fifth month.The government also…

Turkish, Pakistani leaders discuss India’s Kashmir move

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Pakistani counterpart discussed India’s scrapping of Kashmir’s special status Monday. Prime Minister Imran Khan phoned Erdogan to inform him about India’s latest move, said the Turkish Presidential Communi…

Gold Mine on Ida Mountains: AKP MP Warns Against ‘Worrying Mining Companies’

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AKP’s Turan has said that the Alamos Gold firm from Canada has planted 14 thousand saplings and he wished the company could “manage the process” better. Bulent Turan, a Canakkale MP and the Parliamentary Group Deputy Chair of the ruling Justice and Dev…

Pentagon Chief Says US will Prevent Turkey’s Possible ‘Unilateral Incursion’ in Syria

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After President Erdogan said Turkey will “enter the east of the Euphrates,” Esper stated that it would be unacceptable. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said that they are going to prevent a possible unilateral intervention by Turkey into norther…

Erdo?an: Turkey’s Operations in Northern Syria will ‘Move to a New Phase’

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The President’s remarks came after US Defense Secretary said that they will prevent a “unilateral incursion” by Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken on Turkey’s possible intervention in northern Syria at the 11th Ambassadors’ Conference at…

Reactions to Access Block on bianet: ‘This is an Intervention in People’s Right to Information’

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Journalism organizations have criticized the court ruling that imposes an access block on bianet.org and 135 other URLs. The Ankara 3rd Penal Judgeship of Peace imposed an access block on 136 web addresses, including bianet.org, in a ruling dated July …

“Turkey must take initiative not only for its future but also for the peace and serenity in its region”

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Speaking at the 11th Ambassadors’ Conference, President Erdogan said: Turkey must take initiative not only for its future but also for the peace and serenity in its region. What we recently experienced in Syria have shown us once again that you cannot …

President Erdo?an receives Uzbek FM Kamilov

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, at the Presidential Complex. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was also present at the meeting.Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

Turkey will pay higher price later if does not act in Syria Erdogan

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Turkey will pay a higher price later if it does not do what is necessary in northern Syria today, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday after vowing at the weekend to carry out a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled area east of the Euphrates….

Turkey: People’s Alliance to maintain collaboration

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Turkish president on Sunday said ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would continue to collaborate in the coming period.We [AK Party] continue to collaborate with MHP on issues regarding our country’s survival…

President Erdo?an inaugurates Bursa City Hospital and Istanbul-Izmir Highway

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Addressing citizens at the inauguration, President Erdogan said: Through the services, investments and reforms we have introduced over the past 17 years, we have turned Turkey into a country which truly practices its sovereignty. We owe it to the place…

“Following the drop in interest rates, inflation rates will continue to decline”

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Speaking at a dinner hosted by AK Party’s Bursa branch, President Erdogan noted that there will be greater success in exports, tourism and in other areas as scenarios to undermine Turkey are foiled, and said: As you see, the interest rates are dropping…

Turkish president cuts ribbon on mega-highway project

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Turkey’s president on Sunday cut the ribbon on a 426-kilometer (264-mile) mega-highway project between the coastal cities of Istanbul and Izmir, a project that will slash the travel time between the metropolises by more than half.Tourism, trade, and in…

‘Russia, US told of coming Turkish operation in Syria’

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Turkey will launch a military operation in Syria’s terrorist PKK/YPG-occupied eastern Euphrates region, and it it has informed both the U.S. and Russia of this coming operation, said the Turkish president on Sunday. We entered Afrin, Jarabulus, and Al-…

883-year-old inscriptions found in eastern Turkey

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Searching through an ancient fortress in eastern Turkey, Turkish students have uncovered inscriptions dating back nearly 900 years. The 883-year-old inscriptions as well 5,000-year-old pieces of ceramic pottery were uncovered by postgraduate archaeolog…

Turkish ambassadors to meet on Aug. 3-9

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Turkish ambassadors serving at home and abroad will gather in the capital Ankara for the 11th Ambassador Conference scheduled for Aug. 3-9, diplomatic sources said on Friday.The conference has been held annually by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Aff…

Turkey: Veterinarians heal and release wounded vulture

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A black vulture has been released back to nature after getting weeks of treatment by veterinarians in southeastern Turkey.It was found wounded in the village of Eglence, said Gokhan Seker, a Nature Conservation and National Parks Directorate engineer. …

Rail laying continues in Ankara-Sivas YHT Project

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One of the important axes of the railroad corridor that connects Asian countries on the route of Asia Minor and Silk Road, Ankara-Sivas YHT Project continues to work in YerkAly-Sivas direction.When the project is completed, Sivas-Ankara will be reduced…

Turkish president congratulates newly elected UK PM

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated newly elected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call Wednesday, according to Turkey’s Presidential Directorate of Communications.Erdogan underlined that the U.K. and Turkey are strategi…

President Erdogan visits Anitkabir with Supreme Military Council members

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of the Supreme Military Council visited Anitkabir (Ataturk’s Mausoleum). President Erdogan, accompanied by Vice President Fuat Oktay, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gu…

President Erdo?an signs Supreme Military Council’s decisions

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed the decisions of the Supreme Military Council (YAS). Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin announced the decisions to the public. The Council’s decisions were announced by Presidential Spokesperson Kalin during a…

President Erdo?an receives U.S. and Canadian students

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a group of U.S. and Canadian students, who are in Turkey as part of the TURKEN Foundation’s Youth Bridges Program, at the Presidential Complex. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

Turkey: President, opposition leader discuss politics

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and an opposition party leader on Wednesday discussed domestic politics as well as foreign policy issues. Erdogan met with Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), for about a half-hour, acc…

PKK Leader Ocalan’s Attorneys Apply for Meeting

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The applications by attorneys have been rejected since June 18. Attorneys of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan has made an application to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to meet with him at the Imrali High-Security Type-F…

MP Celik: Why are Measures Not Taken for Fires in Mardin?

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HDP MP Celik has directed a parliamentary question to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry about the repeating fires in the southeastern Mardin province. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Mardin MP Tuma Celik has directed a parliamentary question to …

‘CHP Chair K?l?cdaro?lu Gives us His Promise for October 10 Monument’

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The Metropolitan Municipality of Ankara has assigned the City Council to work on building a monument in front of Ankara Train Station in memory of 103 people who lost their lives in October 10 Massacre in 2015. Mehtap Sakinci-Cosgun, the Chair of the O…

NSC Statement: “Our determined and principled stance for the protection of our rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean will be maintained”

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The written statement, issued after the National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Erdogan, read: The critical importance of maintaining our determined and principled stance – which is based on regional peace and stability and contrib…

Fires in Syriac Villages: ‘Even if It is Not Sabotage, There is Gross Negligence’

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Successive fires have caused great damage to nature in the Syriac villages of the southeastern Mardin province. We asked MP Tuma Celik and Evgil Turker, the chair of the Federation of Syriac Associations, about the claims of sabotage. Fires broke out i…

Minister of Interior: ‘We Do Not Extradite Foreigners Who Have a Residence Permit’

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Soylu has said Turkey “neither has the capability nor the right” to extradite Syrians who are under temporary protection or foreigners who hold a residence permit. Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu has said that Syrians who are under temporary protec…

Turkey: 44 police officers arrested over FETO links

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Some 44 serving, seven off-duty police officers and three others– who were accused of having links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) — were arrested in anti-terror operations across Turkey, security sources said on Saturday.The arrests came a…

Erdogan meets Malaysian premier over breakfast

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday met with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Istanbul. Erdogan and Mohamad had a breakfast meeting at Vahdettin Pavilion in Uskudar district. First Ladies of the two countries Emine Erdogan a…

Former Turkish banker’s appeal hearing set for October

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The lawyer of a former Turkish banking executive who was released last week from a federal U.S. prison said Wednesday that his appeal hearing will be in October.The court of appeals determined that the first hearing of the case of Mehmet Hakan Atilla w…

Turkey’s activities in Eastern Med lawful: Academics

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The Greek Cypriot administration’s exploration for hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean has been receiving a great deal of attention in the region.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, international relations expert Pinar Ipek said Turkey c…

Malaysian premier visits Turkish engine maker TUSAS

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Malaysia’s prime minister paid a visit to Turkish engine maker TUSAS on Thursday as part of his official visit to Turkey.Mahathir Mohamad was accompanied by Turkey’s Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank during his visit. The Malaysian prime …

‘Where is the Public Benefit in Zoning Diyarbak?r City Forest for Construction?’

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Submitting a Parliamentary question, HDP Diyarbakir MP Garo Paylan has asked Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum to explain the public benefit in zoning the City Forest, the lungs of Diyarbakir, for construction. Peoples’ Democratic Pa…

Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad at the Presidential Complex

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who is in Turkey for an official visit, with an official ceremony at the Presidential Complex. After the Turkish and Malaysian national anthems were played…

“We will see in the period ahead that the cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia will improve in all areas”

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Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, President Erdogan said: Besides our cooperation in politics and trade, we attach importance to the steps we can take in the areas of culture, arts, touri…

Trump vetoes measures blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed three congressional resolutions barring billions of dollars in weapons sales to countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are engaged in a devastating war in Yemen. The resolutions “…

Turkish, US officials discuss Syria safe zone in Ankara

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Establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria is only possible if Turkey’s expectations are met, a top Turkish official told the U.S. envoy to Syria on Wednesday.Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and James Jeffrey met in the capital Ankara…

Presidential Spokesperson ?brahim Kal?n meets with U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey

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During the meeting held at the Presidential Complex between the Turkish delegation headed by Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin and the U.S. delegation headed by U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, the formation of a safe zone eas…

President Erdo?an meets with Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who is in Turkey for an official visit, at Ankara Esenboga Airport. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

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