Turkey’s Kerem Kamal wins gold in world wrestling

Turkey’s Kerem Kamal wins gold in world wrestling

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Turkey’s Kerem Kamal won a gold medal in Junior World Wrestling Championships on Sunday. In the tournament in Estonian capital Tallinn, Kamal beat Armenian Sahak Hovhannisyan 7-2 to claim a gold medal in men’s 60kg Greco-Roman category.This was the fir…

Turkey slams racist insults against club goalkeeper

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Turkey on Friday condemned the racist insults against the country’s football club Yeni Malatyaspor goalkeeper Fabien Farnolle. According to diplomacy sources, who asked not to be named, said that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called Farnoll…

Turkish, UK’s Paralympic tennis players win doubles

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Turkish Paralympic player Busra Un and her British partner Lauren Jones won doubles in women’s tennis at the Nottingham Futures tournament on Tuesday. In the tournament in Nottingham, England, Busra-Jones team beat Wendi Schutte (the Netherlands)-Jessi…

Football: Chelsea sanction fans over racist incident

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English Premier League club Chelsea sanctioned six fans Tuesday for racist behavior during a league match last December.”Five individuals have been temporarily excluded from attending Stamford Bridge for periods of between one and two years for the use…

Turkey’s Misirci wins bronze in world cadet wrestling

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Turkish young wrestler Adil Misirci won a bronze medal in 2019 World Cadet Wrestling Championships in Bulgaria on Tuesday. In men’s 110kg final, Misirci beat Armenia’s Sergey Sargsyan 3-2. Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is hosting 2019 World Cadet Wrestling …

Istanbul Strait closed for swimming competition

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Istanbul Strait was closed to shipping traffic both ways on Sunday due to an intercontinental swimming competition, according to Istanbul Port Authority.The 31st Samsung Bosphorus Crosscontinental Swimming Race will take place between 08:00 am – 13:00 …

Turkish chess players win over 40 medals in 2019

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Turkish chess players received more than 40 tournament medals in 2019, as the number of chess players in the country continues to skyrocket, according to the head of the Turkish Chess Federation. Federation President Gulkiz Tulay told Anadolu Agency th…

Football: Rodrigues joins Fenerbahce

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Turkey’s Fenerbahce signed Cape Verdean midfielder Garry Rodrigues on Saturday.The Istanbul club said on its website that it loaned Rodrigues, 28, from Saudi club Al Ittihad for two years with a buying option.Rodrigues, who generally plays as winger, h…

Tennis: Halep wins 2019 Wimbledon title

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep beat her U.S. opponent Serena Williams 2-0 on Saturday to win the 2019 Wimbledon title in women’s singles.Halep won against Williams in two sets with scores of 6-2, 6-2, an extraordinary performance in the final whic…

Age-old oil wrestling fest gives boost to tourism

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Hotel keepers and shop owners in northwestern Turkey are having a field day as thousands of fans have flocked there to see the 658th Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival. Held annually in the Edirne province since 1362, the weeklong festival — one of th…

Basketball: Ufuk Sarica to head coach Pinar Karsiyaka

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Turkish basketball Super Lig club Pinar Karsiyaka has rehired Turkish National Basketball Team coach Ufuk Sarica, the club’s chairman said on Wednesday.Pinar Karsiyaka chairman Turgay Buyukkarci told Anadolu Agency that they have appointed Sarica again…

First Lady Erdo?an meets with Turkish National Women’s Basketball Team

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First Lady Emine Erdogan met with players of the Turkish National Women’s Basketball Team at a dinner at Huber Villa in Istanbul ahead of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019. Briefly addressing the team during the meeting, First Lady Erdogan und…

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…

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