Over 370 irregular migrants held across Turkey

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…

Istanbul marks Nevruz with colorful festivities

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Hundreds of people in Istanbul, including Turkic people living in the city, celebrated the spring festival of Nevruz on Thursday, with many gracing the event with their own local traditions.Celebrations saw people leaping over open flames, blacksmiths …

Security checks in Turkey arrest over 2,400 fugitives

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Turkish security forces have arrested 2,423 wanted fugitives during nationwide security checks, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.Police, gendarmerie and coast guard units carried out security checks across the country on Tuesday in order to ensure …

Turkey: HDP deputy jailed for attending illegal protest

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An opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy was sentenced on Wednesday to more than one-and-a-half years in prison for violating laws on meetings and demonstrations, said judicial sources.A court in Turkey’s southeast Sanliurfa province found …

Turkey expects more EU actors in energy exchange market

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Efforts are underway to expand Turkey’s energy exchange market and attract more actors from European countries, Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced Wednesday. The minister told Anadolu Agency’s Editors’ Desk that gas p…

US Adds Venezuelan State Mining Company to Sanctions List

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The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday against Venezuela’s state-run gold mining company Minerven and its president, Adrian Perdomo, accusing them of illicit operations and propping up the government of President Nicolas Maduro.The announcement…

Turkish VP marks Canakkale naval victory of 1915

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Turkish vice president on Monday commemorated the fallen soldiers who lost their lives during naval and ground battles in Canakkale (Dardanelles) during WWI.”The conditions in which we are living 100 years later show that the world has failed to learn …

Turkey condemns terrorist attack in Mali

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Turkey on Monday condemned Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in central Mali, a West Africa country.”We are saddened by the terrorist attack against the security forces in the central Mopti region of Mali, claiming many lives and leaving several people …

“They target Turkey because they see us as a representative of all the values they attack”

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Addressing citizens in Tekirdag, President Erdogan said: They target Turkey because they see us – with our history, civilization, culture and faith – as a representative of all the values they attack. President and Justice and Development (AK) Party Ch…

New Zealand Attack: What We Know

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The victims Forty-nine people were killed Friday in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called “an extraordinary act of violence.” “Our gun laws will change,” Ardern promised in a news conference Sa…

As Key Vote Nears in Turkey, Unemployment Adds to Erdogan’s Woes

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Turkey’s unemployment rate has hit a near-10-year high, bringing more bad economic news for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of critical local elections.According to figures released Friday, Turkey’s jobless rate surged to 13.5 percent, the highest…

Court Hearing for Saudi Women Activists Draws International Criticism

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A court hearing Wednesday in Saudi Arabia for women activists is drawing some international criticism for perceived flaws in the kingdom’s human rights record. The Saudi court hearing coincided with a U.S. State Department human rights report, which cr…

‘Turkish growth set to beat expectations in Q3 and Q4’

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Turkish economic growth should recover above expectations in the third and fourth quarter of this year, said a top Turkish business leader on Thursday.Speaking at Anadolu Agency’s Finance Desk, Sekib Avdagic, head of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, s…

Venezuela, Iran, Uighur Detentions in China among Issues Raised in US Rights Report

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The U.S. State Department is painting a grim picture of violations and abuses in countries that already have dismal records in its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018.VenezuelaOn Venezuela, the report cited extrajudicial killings, the st…

Turkish FM says Israel’s PM ‘fuels discrimination’

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Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fueling discrimination and hate.Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “@netanyahu helplessly tries to distract attention to hide his legal troubles on charges of bribery and …

Global Backlash Over Boeing Jet Growing After Deadly Ethiopia Crash

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The European Union’s aviation safety agency has banned the model of a Boeing aircraft that was involved in two fatal crashes, including an accident on Sunday that killed nearly 160 passengers and crew members.”Following the tragic accident of Ethiopian…

Turkish-Russian Military Cooperation Deepens Amid US-Turkish Tensions

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Russian and Turkish military cooperation is deepening as Ankara’s relationship with Washington deteriorates. Recent joint naval exercises between Russia and Turkey, and increasing military cooperation in Syria, come as NATO allies question Turkey’s all…

Erdogan’s Economic Woes Grow Ahead of Key Elections in Turkey

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The Turkish economy has fallen into recession for the first time in a decade, according to data released on Monday. The timing could not be worse for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with critical local elections scheduled for the end of the month.Accord…

Erdogan’s Economic Woes Grow Ahead of Key Elections in Turkey

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The Turkish economy has fallen into recession for the first time in a decade, according to data released on Monday. The timing could not be worse for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with critical local elections scheduled for the end of the month.Accord…

Erdogan’s Economic Woes Grow Ahead of Key Elections in Turkey

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The Turkish economy has fallen into recession for the first time in a decade, according to data released on Monday. The timing could not be worse for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with critical local elections scheduled for the end of the month.Accord…

Algerians stage partial strike amid protests

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Algerians launched a partial strike on Sunday as part of protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election bid. The strike has got a varying response in a number of provinces such as Jijel, Setif and Constantine in eastern Algeria and the c…

Myanmar: Rakhine ethnic rebels kill nine police

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Myanmar authority on Sunday has confirmed that nine police were killed during a late night attack by ethnic rebel group in Myanmar’s trouble western Rakhine state.Rakhine ethnic rebel group, Arakan Army (AA), had raided a police station in Yoetayote vi…

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