Turkish FM says ‘no step back on Russian S-400 deal’

Turkish FM says ‘no step back on Russian S-400 deal’

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ANKARA Turkey will never retreat on its deal to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems, the country’s foreign minister said on Friday. We will never take a step back [on the S-400s], Mevlut Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency’s Editors’ Desk in the capita…

Football: Okan Buruk to become Basaksehir manager

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Okan Buruk will be the manager of Medipol Basaksehir, the Istanbul club announced Monday.Buruk, 45, will be at the helm for the next three seasons for the team that finished last season second in the top tier Spor Toto Super Lig, just two points behind…

Turkey Scores 31 out of 100 in Media Freedom

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Decline in the press freedom lead the internet to be an alternative, the Freedom House report said. The Freedom House, a US-based watchdog organization for democracy, has released its 2019 report on media freedom.The report titled, “Freedom and the Med…

Pakistan congratulates Turkey on Youth and Sports Day

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Pakistan on Sunday congratulated Turkey on the occasion of Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day, which marks beginning of the country’s War of Independence and the emergence of modern Turkey.”The people and the Government of Pakistan express …

Turkish divers rescue dolphin in Black Sea

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A dolphin trapped in shallow waters of a marina in the Black Sea province of Samsun was rescued by a team of divers.The dolphin was battling for life when people saw it and informed the rescue service.Divers who were training in the region rescued the …

Military Escalation Continues in Northwest Syria

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Russia has increased its airstrike campaign on the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in the past few days, which rights group warn could lead to a new humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. More than 100 Russian airstrikes have targeted Idlib…

Judicial Probes into Opposition Victories Add Pressure for Istanbul Revote

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ISTANBUL Turkish prosecutors are carrying out 32 investigations into the narrow opposition victory last month in Istanbul’s mayoral election. The investigations come as the ruling AKP intensifies calls for another vote, amid fears of political and econ…

US Ending Iranian Oil Sanctions Waivers

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The United States is tightening its economic sanctions on Iran by ending a set of waivers Thursday that had allowed some of the country’s largest oil buyers to continue their purchases.With the expiration of waivers for eight buyers, U.S. Secretary of …

Coups, military intervention not the answer: Turkey

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The crisis in Venezuela can be solved through talking and working together, not sending in troops or overthrowing the government, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “Turkey is opposed to military intervention and coups. Problems can be solved …

Turkey: 15 FETO-linked terror suspects arrested

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Turkish security forces on Thursday arrested a total of 15 people for their suspected links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in the country’s northwest, as they were planning to cross to Greece. According to gendarmerie command, four suspects …

Chinese ambassador wants more Turks to learn Chinese

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As more Turks learn Chinese, it will pave the way to reinforce cooperation between the nations, China’s Ambassador to Turkey said Thursday. I hope more Turkish people learn Chinese as days pass and contribute to reinforce cooperation between two countr…

Trump, Erdogan Seek to Ease Rising Tensions Over Russian Missiles

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U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an effort to resolve escalating tensions after Ankara said it intended to acquire the S-400, an air and missile defense system, from Russia.In readouts, both leaders…

Jihadists Kill at Least 17 Syrian Troops in Aleppo Province

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Attacks by two jihadist groups killed at least 17 Syrian government troops and militiamen in the northern province of Aleppo early Saturday, a war monitor said.Thirty others were wounded in the assaults by al-Qaida’s former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir a…

Sudan Protesters Rally Against Arab Interference

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For the past two weeks, protesters in Sudan have demanded the military hand over power to civilians, and talks appear to be making some progress. Meanwhile, demonstrators are directing their anger at a new target – Arab governments, for what they say i…

Turkish youth march to mark 1915 Gallipoli battle

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Hundreds of Turkish youth on Thursday walked the path leading to the theatre of one of the most decisive battles in the Gallipoli Campaign in the WWI in Turkey which changed the course of the war. The youth tracked the footsteps of their ancestors on a…

Security forces ‘neutralize’ 5 PKK terrorists in Turkey

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Turkish security forces neutralized five PKK terrorists in an operation in the southeastern Diyarbakir province, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorist…

France Holds First ‘Armenia Genocide’ Remembrance Day

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France held its first “national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide” on Wednesday, provoking an angry reaction from Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Troops from the Ottoman Empire � which preceded modern-day Turkey � were responsible for m…

China Lashes Out At Washington’s Decision On Iran Oil Sanctions

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Beijing has lashed out at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, warning that it will intensify turmoil in the Middle East and in the international energy market.”China firmly opposes the U.S. implementation of unilatera…

‘Vaccine Hesitancy and Vaccine Rejection are not Personal Decisions’

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Releasing a written statement, a group of health organizations in Turkey have underlined that vaccine hesitancy and vaccine rejection are not personal decisions, but preferences far from having any scientific basis and, thereby, put the public health i…

Turkey: 4 suspects released after attack on CHP leader

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Four suspects detained over an attack on the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party were released late Monday by a court in Ankara on judicial control.The suspects, including a woman, had been taken into custody for allegedly throwing stones at the o…

China Lashes Out At Washington’s Decision On Iran Oil Sanctions

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Beijing has lashed out at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, warning that it will intensify turmoil in the Middle East and in the international energy market.”China firmly opposes the U.S. implementation of unilatera…

Over 370 irregular migrants held across Turkey

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At least 372 irregular migrants were held across Turkey on Monday, according to security sources. Some 261 irregular migrants who had entered Turkey illegally were held by gendarmerie forces in the eastern province of Van, a source said on condition of…

Sudanese Political Cartoonist Seeks Lasting Change with Iconic Images

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A week after the Sudanese military ousted Omar al-Bashir as president and seized control of the country, protesters continue to demand representation and civilian rule.Thousands of kilometers away, Khalid Albaih monitors the events that are unfolding i…

Bulgaria Seizes 288 Kilos of Heroin in Truck From Iran

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Bulgarian customs officials confiscated more than 288 kilograms (635 pounds) of heroin hidden on a truck from Iran, prosecutors announced Thursday. The haul was the biggest amount of heroin seized at Bulgaria’s borders this year, the customs agency sai…

Turkish Opposition Has Historic Victory Confirmed in Istanbul, as Erdogan Seeks to Overturn Vote

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After 17 days of recounts and controversies, Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was confirmed the official winner Wednesday in the Istanbul mayoral election.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to overturn the historic vote, which…

East Libyan Forces’ Push for Tripoli Stirs Foreign Divisions

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Qatar called on Tuesday for a blocking of foreign arms supplies to eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar, whose push to seize the capital Tripoli is causing rifts around the Gulf and Europe.Nearly two weeks into its assault, the veteran genera…

Sources: Iran’s Oil Exports Hit 2019 Low in April

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Iran’s crude oil exports have dropped in April to their lowest daily level this year, tanker data showed and industry sources said, suggesting buyers are curbing purchases before Washington clamps down further on Iranian shipments as expected next mont…

Turkey deals huge blow on organized crime

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Some 1,600 suspects have been arrested since January in a major security crackdown on organized crime in Turkey, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.Police and gendarmerie forces have carried out 141 operations against organized criminal networks across…

Turkish Airlines launch direct flights to Marrakech

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National flag carrier Turkish Airlines has launched direct flights from new mega Istanbul Airport to Morocco’s crimson city of Marrakech, it said Monday.”As the national flag carrier’s first inaugural flight from its new home [Istanbul Airport], Marrak…

Turkish Airlines launch direct flights to Marrakech

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National flag carrier Turkish Airlines has launched direct flights from new mega Istanbul Airport to Morocco’s crimson city of Marrakech, it said Monday.”As the national flag carrier’s first inaugural flight from its new home [Istanbul Airport], Marrak…

UN Envoy Holds ‘Substantial’ Talks with Syria FM in Damascus

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The U.N. envoy for Syria held “substantial” talks Sunday in Damascus with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on efforts to find a political settlement to the country’s eight-year-long war.”We have had very detailed substantial discussions,” Norwegian diplo…

US-Turkish Tensions Escalate Over Russian Missile Purchase

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With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirming his commitment to buy Russian missiles in the face of renewed warnings from NATO ally the United States about sanctions, Ankara and Washington remain on a collision course. Analysts warn that with…

UN Urges De-Escalation of Military Crisis in Syria’s Idlib

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A senior U.N. official is appealing to Russia and Turkey as guarantors of a de-escalation agreement in Syria’s Idlib province to prevent a further intensification of fighting in this rebel-held enclave. The official briefed journalists in Geneva on a m…

Orban Presses On With Illiberal Democracy

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Hungary’s firebrand populist Viktor Orban will face a serious test of his popularity in May when opposition parties try to coordinate their challenge to his ruling party Fidesz in elections for the European parliament. The opposition accuse Orban of ba…

US Congressional Committee Leaders Warn Turkey on F-35, S-400

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The leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees warned Turkey on Tuesday that it risked tough sanctions if it pursued plans to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems, and they threatened further legislative action…

President Erdo?an in Russia

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the Russian capital city of Moscow to attend the 8. Meeting of the Turkey-Russia High Level Cooperation Council. Upon his arrival at Vnukovo-II Airport in Moscow, President Erdogan was welcomed by Deputy Minist…

Monitor: Bombardment Kills 13 Civilians in Northwest Syria

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Bombardment killed 13 civilians in northwest Syria on Sunday, the large majority in regime fire on areas of the jihadist-held Idlib region, a war monitor said.The violence was the latest to threaten a seven-month-old truce intended to stave off a regim…

Erdogan’s AKP Set to Accept Recount Results

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP will accept the results of local election recounts in Ankara and Istanbul no matter which party is declared the winner, a party spokesman said Saturday. The AKP won most votes nationwide in last Sunda…

“Turkey has given the whole world a democracy lesson with the high turnout in the elections”

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Answering reporters’ questions following the Friday prayer he performed at Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul, President Erdogan said the local elections are over but the legal process is going on, and that the Supreme Election Council will make the final …

China Providing Services to Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago

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Chinese diplomats have been informed of the arrest of a Chinese woman at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend and are providing her with consular services, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.Spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters the…

Syrian FM Says Trump Administration ‘Lies’ about Withdrawing

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Syria’s foreign minister said Thursday that the Trump administration lies all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country, and that its decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights increases America’s isolation, …

Syrian FM Says Trump Administration ‘Lies’ about Withdrawing

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Syria’s foreign minister said Thursday that the Trump administration lies all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country, and that its decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights increases America’s isolation, …

China Providing Services to Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago

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Chinese diplomats have been informed of the arrest of a Chinese woman at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend and are providing her with consular services, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.Spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters the…

Some votes to be reassessed in 7 districts of Istanbul

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Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) decided early Wednesday that some votes will be reassessed in seven districts of Istanbul following weekend local elections.Earlier, the district electoral councils of Sile, Bayrampasa, Atasehir, Umraniye, Beykoz…

Turkey’s top cleric marks Muslim holy night

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One of the most important things that Lailat al Miraj reminds us about is al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) said Tuesday. Ali Erbas marked Lailat al Miraj, or the Night of Ascension, during a prog…

US Senators Back Withholding F-35s From Turkey

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U.S. lawmakers of both parties on Tuesday resolutely endorsed the Trump administration’s decision to halt delivery of F-35 fighter equipment to Turkey over Ankara’s decision to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system � a possible first step to…

Turkey Faces Political Reset After Erdogan Loses Key Cities

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ISTANBUL, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered his worst electoral setback, with his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, losing control of the capital, Ankara, and seemingly set to lose Istanbul following this past Sunday’s loc…

Turkey: Opposition HDP candidate elected Hakkari mayor

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Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidate has been elected mayor of southeastern Hakkari province, according to unofficial results on Sunday.Cihan Karaman bagged 59,75 percent votes while ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party ca…

Japanese Refiners Halt Iran Oil Imports as Waiver Nears End

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Japanese refineries have put a halt on imports of Iranian oil after buying 15.3 million barrels between January and March ahead of the end of a temporary waiver on U.S. sanctions, according to industry sources and data on Refinitiv Eikon.The waiver, wh…

Japanese Refiners Halt Iran Oil Imports as Waiver Nears End

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Japanese refineries have put a halt on imports of Iranian oil after buying 15.3 million barrels between January and March ahead of the end of a temporary waiver on U.S. sanctions, according to industry sources and data on Refinitiv Eikon.The waiver, wh…

Fire in abandoned Ankara building claims multiple lives

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A fire in an abandoned building in Ankara has killed at least five people and injured 11 others, officials said Friday.The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin told Anadolu Agency, confirming the casualties.Source:…

Turkey sends divers to Iraq for rescue efforts

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A team of 20 Turkish divers have left for Iraq to assist in search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of a deadly ferryboat accident, the navy said Friday.At least 103 people were killed last week when a ferryboat carrying roughly 200 passengers sank …

Sources: Making F-35 Fighter Jets Possible Without Turkey

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Excluding NATO-member Turkey from the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet program would be challenging because of Ankara’s integral role in the stealthy jet’s production process, but not impossible, U.S. sources familiar with the situation said.Last week …

Turkey, Peru to meet in Lima for political talks

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Political discussions between Turkey and Peru will be held on Wednesday in Lima, Turkish Foreign Ministry said.Besides bilateral relations, current regional and international issues are expected to be discussed during the talks, read a statement by the…

Turkey: Over 160 top terror group members killed in 2018

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More than 160 terrorists, all top terror group members, were killed last year in Turkey, the country’s interior minister said on Tuesday.Among them were 13 terrorists who were inscribed on the red category of the Interior Ministry’s wanted list, Suleym…

Over 650 irregular migrants held across Turkey

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Turkey on Monday held at least 655 irregular migrants in nationwide operations, according to security sources.In the eastern Van province alone, a total of 168 irregular migrants were held in three different operations.Sixty-nine irregular migrants, in…

Turkey: 5 FETO suspects trying to enter Greece arrested

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At least five people, who were planning to cross to Greece through illegal means, were arrested in Turkey’s western Edirne province for their suspected links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).The suspects who were caught in the prohibited milit…

Turkey blasts slander from Czech president

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Turkey on Saturday criticized the continuing defamatory and false claims made about Turkey by the president of the Czech Republic. “We observe with great regret that Czech President Milos Zeman continues his defamatory and false statements targeting o…

Turkey hails New Zealand’s ‘sensitivity’ toward Muslims

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Turkish foreign minister on Friday thanked New Zealand authorities for their “sensitivity towards Muslim community” in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks, which claimed at least 50 lives. We thank #NewZealand authorities, in particular PM @Jaci…

Turkish war jets hit PKK terrorist targets in N.Iraq

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Turkish air strikes on Thursday hit terrorist PKK targets in northern Iraq, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said.Turkish jets attacked and destroyed PKK weapon emplacements, shelters, and ammunition depots in the regions of Qandil, Avasin-Basyan, Metina, Sin…

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