Istanbul mayoral hopefuls to vie in Sunday matchup

Istanbul mayoral hopefuls to vie in Sunday matchup

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The future of Istanbul, the Turkish megalopolis of 16 million people, will be debated by two mayoral candidates Sunday night a week ahead of a revote mandated by election authorities.A lively debate is expected between People’s Alliance candidate Binal…

Turkey strongly condemns terror attack in Kenya

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Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Saturday’s terror attack in Kenya that killed eight police officers.”We have learned with deep sorrow that the terrorist attack perpetrated in the Wajir County, Kenya, resulted in loss of the lives of eight p…

“For all the ups and downs in our relations with the EU, we should make sure the economic aspect remains strong”

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Addressing Turkish exporters in Istanbul, President Erdogan underlined that Turkey is highly intertwined and integrated with the global economy, especially with Europe, and said: Our steps should therefore be in line with the rules of free market econo…

Erdogan meets Tajik leader prior to summit

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday met with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. The meeting lasted around half an hour at the presidential palace ahead of the 5th Summit of Heads of State of the Confer…

Saudi minister requests support for YPG/PKK terrorists

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A Saudi minister has asked support for the YPG/PKK terror group from Arab tribes in areas occupied by the terrorist group in Syria, according to local sources. Thamer al-Sabhan, Saudi State Minister for Gulf Affairs, visited YPG/PKK-held areas in Syria…

Turkey slams EU summit declaration on E.Med, Cyprus

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Turkey on Saturday rejected an EU summit’s declaration on the issues of the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean, and Cyprus, calling it “contrary to the international law.”The joint declaration from Friday’s South EU summit in Malta reflects the maximalist n…

President Erdogan meets with President Rahmon of Tajikistan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe to participate in the 5th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), met with President Emomali Rahmo…

First Lady Erdo?an: “It is our shared duty to help people with disabilities unleash their hidden potential”

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Speaking at the opening ceremony of a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities in Tajikistan, First Lady Erdogan said: The empowerment of societies is directly related to the empowerment of individuals that make up societies. It is our shared…

Turkey neutralizes 48 PKK terrorists in N.Iraq operation

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ANKARA A total of 48 terrorists have been neutralized since May 27 in Turkey’s counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, an official statement said on Friday.The ongoing Operation Claw which was launched by Turkish Armed Forces against the PKK terr…

Turkey’s President Turns up Heat on Cyprus, Stoking Fears of Clash

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ratcheted up tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, declaring he will do whatever is necessary to protect Turkey’s interests over energy exploration rights in Cypriot waters.”We will not tolerate any action wh…

Turkish president, opposition MHP leader meet in Ankara

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Turkey’s president and an opposition party leader met on Thursday in Ankara, the nation’s capital, according to the presidency.The closed-door meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli at …

Turkey condemns French cooperation with PKK/YPG

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Turkey disapproves of France’s close cooperation with the terror group PKK/YPG, the nation’s foreign minister said Thursday.Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian after a bilateral me…

Turkish defense minister calls US letter ‘improper’

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Speaking to his U.S. counterpart, Turkey’s defense chief on Thursday brought up an improperly worded letter sent by the U.S. last week, said an official Turkish statement.The phone call between Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s national defense minister, and Patri…

33 People Detained for Hasankeyf Statement Released

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33 people, who were taken into custody yesterday for attempting to protest the Ilisu Dam project that is soon to engulf the ancient city of Hasankeyf, have been released after an identity check at the district security directorate. After a group of Peo…

Foreign Minister: S-400 Missiles to Come to Turkey

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Cavusoglu has said, “No one can give an ultimatum to Turkey. Turkey has purchased the S-400 defense system from Russia, as our President said,” in a joint press conference with his counterpart from France. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu h…

‘How Many People are Behind Bars for “Insulting the President”?’

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Submitting a parliamentary question regarding the cases of insulting the President, HDP MP Danis Bestas has referred to a citizen who was sentenced to 2 years, 4 months in prison for saying, Forget about the gasoline, we have the most expensive Preside…

Council of Judges, Prosecutors Launches Investigation Against Election Council Chairs

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After the Supreme Election Council has filed a criminal complaint against district election council chairs in Istanbul for forming the balloting committees in an unlawful manner, the Council of Judges and Prosecutors has launched an investigation. The …

Presidential Spokesperson Kal?n: “We aim for comprehensive relations with everyone on the basis of mutual respect and benefit within the framework of our national interests”

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Holding a press conference following the meeting of the Presidential Cabinet, Presidential Spokesperson Kalin said: We aim for comprehensive relations with everyone on the basis of mutual respect and benefit within the framework of our national interes…

Turkey to continue drilling activities in Mediterranean

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The drilling activities in Eastern Mediterranean Sea region will continue and legal and political measures were taken with the relevant ministries for preventing third party interference that ignores Turkey’s international sovereignty, the Turkish ener…

Turkey: Opposition meets Inter-Parliamentary Union head

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The co-leader of Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Tuesday met the head of a global inter-parliamentary body. Speaking prior to the closed-door meeting in the capital Ankara, Pervin Buldan said she would discuss Turkish internal po…

Turkey: CHP urges vacationers to attend Istanbul revote

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Turkey’s main opposition leader Tuesday called on Istanbulities out of the city for a holiday to return to the metropolis for the June 23 mayoral revote.”A duty awaits all of us on June 23. Those who are on vacation should return [to Istanbul] and cast…

Turkey, Azerbaijan always stand together: Minister

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Turkey’s national defense minister on Tuesday voiced solidarity with Azerbaijan both in sorrow and pleasure.Turkey and brotherly country Azerbaijan are one and together against any threat and risk, as well as in sorrow and pride, Hulusi Akar said at a …

?mamo?lu Announces Election Promises for ?stanbul

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The opposition’s candidate has promised aid programs for students, children and the poor ahead of the repeat elections for the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for the June 23 Istanbul el…

Pentagon’s Ultimatum Evokes Memories of ‘Johnson Letter’ in Turkey

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The two countries’ relations reached the lowest point at the height of cold war in 1964 when President Johnson threatened Turkey to abandon its plans for intervention in Cyprus otherwise it will not be protected by NATO against a possible Soviet interv…

Turkey’s top diplomat in oath-taking of KRG president

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Turkey’s foreign minister attended Monday the oath-taking ceremony of Nechirvan Barzani as the new president elect of Iraq’s Kurdish region in Erbil.On a trip to Iraq to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Barzani, the president of Kurdish Regiona…

Turkey: Istanbul mayoral debate set for next Sunday

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Turkey’s ruling and opposition party candidates for the coveted Istanbul mayor’s seat are set to meet this weekend in a live televised debate, party officials announced Monday.Binali Yildirim, candidate of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party,…

Turkish vice president meets world leaders in Geneva

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Turkey’s vice president on Monday met with fellow world leaders on the sidelines of an International Labor Organization (ILO) summit in Geneva.Fuat Oktay met with KP Sharma Oli, the Nepalese prime minister, and discussed steps to strengthen bilateral r…

AKP and CHP’s ?stanbul Candidates to Face Off in Unprecedented Debate

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The ruling AKP’s Binali Yildirim and the opposition’s Ekrem Imamoglu will face off on TV ahead of the June 23 repeat elections in an unprecedented debate in the 17-year AKP era. Leaders or candidates of the political parties debating on TV was not unco…

Allegations of Tuberculosis Epidemic in Repatriation Center on Parliamentary Agenda

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HDP MP Gulistan Kilic Kocyigit has submitted a parliamentary question regarding the allegations of tuberculosis epidemic among the refugees held in Igdir Repatriation Center and asked the conditions and medical treatment opportunities of the camp. Peop…

Erdo?an’s Wife Presents ‘Zero Waste Project’ by Ministry of Environment

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Emine Erdogan presented the project at an event at the presidential palace. A recent report by the WWF revealed that Turkey is the largest polluter of the Mediterranean Sea. A promotion event for the “Zero Waste Project” by the Ministry of Environment …

First Lady Erdo?an: “The World is the common heritage of all humanity with all the treasures and resources it offers”

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Speaking at an event introducing the Zero Waste – Blue, a marine protection project, First Lady Erdogan underlined that the World is the common heritage of all humanity with all the treasures and resources it offers, and said: Therefore, it is a univer…

US calls on Turkey for solution to existing issues

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The U.S. acting Secretary of Defense on Saturday sent a letter to Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on defense and security issues between the two countries, according to the National Defense Ministry.In his letter, acting Defense Secretary…

Governor Warns ?mamo?lu to Cut Rally Short, Threatens to Intervene In

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The Governor of Ordu province warned Imamoglu to cut his election rally short and threatened to intervene in if he does not, the opposition’s candidate claimed. Ekrem Imamoglu, stripped of his mandate by the Supreme Election Council (YSK) after winning…

Iran doesn’t want to clash with states, powers: Rouhani

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said his country did not want to clash with regional states or world powers.He made the assertion in a telephone call — made to mark the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr holiday — with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Ha…

‘Insulting the President’ on Parliamentary Agenda

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Main opposition CHP Ankara MP Murat Emir has brought the cases of insulting the President into Parliamentary agenda: We are going through a period when the rule of law has been trampled upon and the rule of power is prevailing. Republican People’s Part…

Caricatures of Naz?m Hikmet Exhibition Opens in Moscow

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Organized in Russia’s capital city of Moscow for the last 25 years to commemorate the late poet, Nazim Hikmet events have started with the opening of Caricatures of Nazim Hikmet exhibition in the 56th year of poet’s death. The Caricatures of Nazim Hikm…

AKP Appeals Against Supreme Election Council’s Ruling on District Election Councils

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The AKP has appealed against the Supreme Election Council’s ruling that the district election council chairs and directors, who were investigated for forming balloting committees in Istanbul in an unlawful manner, shall also be on duty in repeat electi…

Investigated District Election Council Chairs to be on Duty in ?stanbul Election Rerun as Well

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The Supreme Election Council has ruled that the district election council chairs and electoral directors, who were investigated for forming balloting committees in Istanbul in an unlawful manner, shall also be on duty in repeat local elections on June …

President Erdo?an receives EU Commissioner Avramopoulos

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received European Union Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

President Erdo?an receives TRNC PM Tatar

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ersin Tatar at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

“We will continue to march towards our goals for 2023 with everyone who believes in Turkey”

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President Erdogan said, in a message he issued on Eid al-Fitr, underscored that they will continue to march towards our goals for 2023 with everyone who believes in Turkey, and said: The greatest contribution we can make to our children is to leave the…

Unofficial Results of Repeat Elections in 3 Districts, 1 Town Announced

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According to unofficial results, while the district mayoral candidates of the AKP have won the repeat elections in Keskin, Kirikkale and Yusufeli, Artvin, the candidate of the CHP has won in Honaz, Denizli and that of the DSP in Kesmetepe town in Adiya…

Trump Tweets to Syria and its Allies Stop ‘Bombing The Hell Out of Idlib’

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President Donald Trump is demanding Syria, Russia and Iran stop “bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria.”Trump said in a late Sunday tweet that the bombings are “indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians.””The world is watching this but…

Saudi King: Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ Threaten Energy Supply

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as terrorist acts that threaten global energy supplies.It was the monarch’s stronge…

“We will side with peace, not confrontation”

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Speaking during an event held to mark Laylat al-Qadr, President Erdogan said: We will side with unity, not separation; with peace, not confrontation. We will endeavor to bring together each and every one of the 82 million around our common denominator,…

President Erdo?an attends National Will Platform’s iftar

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended an iftar hosted by the National Will Platform at Halic Congress Center. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

President Erdo?an performs tarawih prayer with citizens in Yenikap?, Istanbul

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan performed the tarawih prayer with citizens on the Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul as part of an event organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs and the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation on the occasion of the 566th anni…

Final Islamic Summit communique reiterates Palestinians’ right to statehood

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The Mecca Declaration final communique of the 14th Islamic Summit has largely focused on the question of Palestine and reiterated the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s call for the Palestinians’ right to statehood. The Summit reaffirmed the central…

Attack on CHP’s Election Campaign Tent

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The election campaign tent of main opposition CHP has been attacked twice in the district of Buyukcekmece. As CHP Buyukcekmece District Chair GAlkbulak has filed a criminal complaint, an investigation has been launched into the incident. The election c…

Ministry of Interior Launches Investigation into ‘Dersim’ Decision of Municipal Council

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The Ministry of Interior has launched an investigation into the decision of Dersim Municipal Council, which previously decided by majority of votes to change its Tunceli Municipality signboard as Dersim Municipality. The Ministry of Interior has launch…

Malaysia, Pakistan ‘key partners’ for Turkey: Cavusoglu

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Malaysia and Pakistan are “key partners” for Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.He made the remarks after meeting his Pakistani and Malaysian counterparts, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Dato Saifuddin bin Abdullah, in Jeddah.Malaysia an…

Assyrian high priest thanks Turkish president

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An Assyrian high priest in Turkey expressed appreciation after his Ramadan message was shared on the Turkish Presidency’s social media account.”We thank our President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan], we are always grateful to him,” Gabriel Akyuz, a high priest …

President Erdo?an Announces Judicial Reform Strategy

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President and ruling AKP Chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan has introduced the Judicial Reform Strategy in a statement for the press. The strategy consist of two basic perspectives, nine aims, 63 objectives and 256 activities. President and Justice and Develop…

EU Progress Report on Turkey: ‘There is Backsliding, New Chapter is Unlikely’

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The European Union (EU) has released its Progress Report on Turkey for 2019. The report has underlined that there has been a serious backsliding in the fields of freedom of expression, human and fundamental rights and economy. The European Union (EU) r…

Turkey congratulates Azerbaijan on 101st Republic Day

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday congratulated Azerbaijan on its 101st Republic Day. I would like to congratulate on the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Azerbaijan. I send my greetings to the friendly and brotherly people …

President Erdogan meets with President Salih of Iraq

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Barham Salih of Iraq, who is paying a working visit to Turkey, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul. Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey

President Erdo?an hosts iftar for President Salih of Iraq

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Barham Salih of Iraq, who is paying a working visit to Turkey, shared an iftar following their talks in Istanbul. First Lady Emine Erdogan and First Lady Sarbag Salih of Iraq attended the iftar at Vahdettin …

Baghdad Court Sentences 4th French IS Member to Death

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The French former members of the Islamic State group were brought into the courtroom in Baghdad one after the other on Monday and made to sit inside a wooden cage in the middle. As they spoke in French, a government official typed up the translation in…

CHP calls on Istanbul to redress injustice in re-vote

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Turkey’s main opposition party leader called on Istanbul residents to redress the injustice made against their mayoral candidate Ekrem Imamoglu during a re-vote in the province on June 23.”All people of conscience accepted that Ekrem Imamoglu faced inj…

Turkey congratulates newly-elected KRG president

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Turkish foreign minister on Tuesday congratulated Nechirvan Barzani for his election as president of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq. Mevlut Cavusoglu talked to Barzani over the phone, according to diplomatic sources, who asked n…

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