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Turkey's lira has hit record lows for the past week, thanks to what analysts say is the Turkish government's unwillingness to balance monetary policy to counter double-digit inflation. And the fall has been accelerated by geopolitical uncertainty over U.S. and Russian military actions in neighboring Syria. currency President Erdogan
ANKARA, TURKEY - April 16, 2018 - At a joint conference held on Friday in Ankara, TURKEY, executives from Nippon TV and MEDYAPIM came together with the Japanese Embassy in TURKEY and Ankara University to celebrate the success of Mother (Anne in TURKEY) and Woman (Kadin in TURKEY), two ...

An American Christian pastor who has spent the last year-and-a-half in jail in Turkey strongly rejected terror-related charges as his trial got underway on April 16, in a case that has raised tensions between Ankara and Washington. Andrew Brunson, who ran a protestant church in the western city of ...
Turkey has removed a Greek flag planted on a rocky islet in the Aegean Sea, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, urging Athens to refrain from "provocative moves" that would further escalate tension between the two neighbors. "There was an attempt to plant a Greek flag on an uninhabited rocky ...
ISTANBUL--Moody's Investors Service said Monday that ongoing lira weakness is especially problematic for Turkey's economy because of its high degree of external vulnerability and low foreign-exchange reserves, a credit negative for the sovereign. Key officials said last week that they stand ready to ...

Turkey warned Greece on Monday to refrain from "provocations" after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that the Turkish coast guards had removed the flag from the island off the coast of the ...
The trial of American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson began Monday in Turkey, accused of aiding groups said to have organized a failed coup there in 2016. The case is further straining relations between the United States and Turkey. The trial is taking place in Aliaga, a town on the Aegean sea north ...
The Turkish government says Gulen orchestrated the failed coup on July 15, 2016, in Turkey which killed 250 people - mostly civilians - and left nearly 2,200 injured. Gulen has rejected the accusations. Turkey also accuses Gulen's group of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state ...
Since the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, the accusation that the Gulen movement was behind the failed putsch has met with scepticism in the West. A new book shows, however, that the movement was never just about dialogue and education, but has instead always sought to grasp the reins of ...
By Sinan Uslu. ANKARA. A total of 4,157 terrorists have been “neutralized” since the start of the Turkey-led Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region, according to the Turkish military on Saturday. In a weekly statement, the Turkish General Staff said 52 Turkish soldiers had also been martyred while 232 ...
Meanwhile, Turkey on Saturday welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead. "We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in ...
Greece's relations with Turkey have been deteriorating, with the tit-for-tat arrest of border guards, clashes over airspace and a row about harbouring members of the military accused of attempting to oust President Erdogan. Now another battlefront has opened: tourism. Greece is hoping to attract a record ...
During Russian President Vladimir Putin's April 3 visit to Turkey, the two sides finalized an agreement on the creation of a $500 million joint investment fund, among other deals. The fund, which, according to official statements, will focus on infrastructure, health care and information technology projects, will ...
Turkey's prime minister Binali Yıldırım has welcomed U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria but said that only Turkey is truly working for peace in the country, Russia-controlled news outlet Sputnik said . The airstrikes, reportedly aimed at chemical weapons production facilities, were carried out by the United States, ...
What he neglected to mention is that it was Turkey's actions, or perhaps the lack thereof, that helped fuel the rise of the Islamic State in the first place. The two most commonly cited factors leading to the growth of the Islamic State are the Syrian civil war and the government of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri ...

The best policy for the U.S. is to play a mediator role to find some kind of solution between Turkey and the People's Protection Units (YPG) affiliated with People's Workers Party (PKK) forces, according to Kyle Orton, Syria expert and analyst focused on conflict and terrorism in Syria and Turkey. Orton holds ...
Turkey's exports reached a record $15.1bn in March, economy minister Nihat Zeybekci has said on Sunday during a televised interview on private broadcaster CNNTurk. "We reached the highest number in our history in exports, $15.1bn," Zeybekci said. The Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) also said in a ...
Christians have started to celebrate Easter with masses in churches in Turkey on April 1, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected 2,000 years ago. In the southern province of Mersin, people celebrated Easter with a mass in the Latin Italian Catholic Church, led by Priest Francis ...
Turkish security forces held a total of 899 undocumented migrants in Turkey, according to a Turkish army statement on Sunday. In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said Turkish border guards rounded up 641 migrants trying to illegally enter Turkey from Syria. It added that security forces held 123 more ...
Russia, Turkey, and Iran are all deeply involved in the war in Syria and sponsor a series of peace talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu held a telephone conversation on March 30 to discuss the Putin-Erdogan meeting, the ...
Turkey has firmly grasped the initiative in its conflict against Kurdish forces linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and statements from Ankara indicate a firm resolve to extend military operations from the northwest Syrian area of Afrin to locations in northern Syria and Iraq. Last week's roundup ...
French President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised at home for his response to Turkey's Afrin Operation, with critics saying that he has abandoned the Kurds in Syria. The YPG militia, which makes up a large portion of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have been at the forefront of the international ...
Meeting a delegation from northern Syria including the Kurdish Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), a part of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Macron said he hoped "a dialogue can be established between the SDF and Turkey with help from France and the international ...
If the anti-vaccination trend gains pace, this may produce serious consequences, including an epidemic, warns Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ceyhan, a member of the immunization advisory board of the Health Ministry. According to Ceyhan, a total of 23,000 parents refused to have their children vaccinated in 2017.
Erdoğan, in the run-up to the meeting, tried relentlessly to inform Turkish public opinion and the EU that in Varna he would explain the inconsistencies in the EU attitude towards Turkey by giving concrete examples. Apparently he in fact did just that. And according to the Europeans observers, he did it ...
Six alleged senior members of the Fetullah Gulen Terror Group (FETO) in the Balkans were arrested Thursday in Kosovo and brought to Turkey in a joint operation by the Turkish and Kosovar intelligence services. (AA). Turkish intelligence officers on Thursday brought six alleged senior Fetullah Terrorist ...
More than 3 million foreigners visited Turkey in the first two months of 2018, with the tourism sector seeing a significant recovery in the number of arrivals from Europe, official data has shown. Data from the Tourism Ministry showed on March 30 that this figure represented a 35 percent year-on-year increase ...
A road accident in eastern Turkey has killed 17 people, mostly migrants, who had crossed into the country illegally, a senior official said. Governor of Igdir province, Enver Unlu, said 36 people were also injured in the accident late on Thursday on a highway linking his province with neighboring Kars ...
Turkey's military and civilian leaders warned Greece against recent “unneighbourly behaviour” in the Aegean and Mediterranean at a meeting late on Wednesday. The National Security Council, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said in a written statement that Turkey would protect its rights in ...
Turkey Orders 70 Army Officers Detained Over Gulen Links: CNN Turk ... The U.N. human rights office said earlier this month Turkey has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of civil servants since ... Turkey says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security.
Turkey on March 28 again warned it may “take action” in Syria's Manbij if the region is not cleared of militants. The warning came in a written statement issued by the National Security Council, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the capital Ankara. “It was stated [during the meeting] that terrorists ...
Conflict between NATO members and Aegean Sea neighbours Greece and Turkey is increasingly possible as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flexes his regional muscle, writes John Psaropoulos for the Weekly Standard. The combination of upcoming elections in Turkey, Erdogan's concerns ...
Turkey's counter-terrorist efforts in the Middle East benefit not just itself, but the welfare and security of Europe and southeastern Europe as well, said Turkey's prime minister on Thursday. "Turkey's fight against terrorism in the Middle East, in Syria and in Iraq not only secures our own citizen, it also prevents ...
While speculation was rife this week about whether Turkey's next move in Syria would be toward Tell Rifaat or Manbij, Russia unexpectedly withdrew its troops March 27 from Tell Rifaat. The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) now controls the area around Tell Rifaat, while according to unconfirmed ...
The history of the U.S.-Turkey relationship is complicated. Although the United States and Turkey support each other's interests in some vital ways (see “U.S./NATO Cooperation with Turkey”), harmonizing priorities can be difficult. These priorities sometimes diverge irrespective of who leads the two ...
KILIS, Turkey — After two months of uncertain fighting, Turkey appears suddenly to be riding high in its military campaign to take control of a larger piece of northern Syria. Along the border, studded with spring flowers and pistachio and olive groves, the artillery guns and fighter jets that until recently ...
Turkey and the European Union are seeking to reset relations following months of acrimony. Despite fears that Turkey is sliding into authoritarianism, EU leaders will host the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Bulgarian resort of Varna on Monday. The meeting comes as the EU is looking to ...
The Atlantic Council Turkey Office promotes dialogue and transatlantic engagement in Turkey and the wider region. Turkey, located at the crossroads of economic and energy routes which span from Europe through the Black and Caspian Seas to the Middle East and Central Asia and through the Mediterranean Sea to ...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruled out early elections again this week, but speculation that the government could still surprise Turkey with an early vote has parties jostling to pick popular presidential candidates and form electoral alliances. Out of the scrum has emerged an unexpected power ...
The idea that Germany was involved in the failed coup attempt in Turkey is 'completely stupid'. ... We are not encouraging separatism in Turkey. ... Ties between Ankara and Berlin were strained after the 2016 failed coup in Turkey, as Turkish politicians heavily criticised their German counterparts for failing ...
The U.S. and Turkey have offered conflicting statements as to whether Washington had agreed to allow Ankara to expand its war against Kurdish fighters operating alongside U.S. Special Forces in Syria. Meanwhile, new Turkish airstrikes targeted other Kurdish fighters in Iraq on Wednesday, signaling a ...
“As border guards try to seal the last remaining gaps in Turkey's border, hundreds of thousands of Syrians are trapped in fields to face the bombs on the Syrian side,” said Gerry Simpson, associate refugee rights program director at Human Rights Watch. “The EU should press Turkey to open its border to ...
A showdown over natural gas and oil deposits in the seas off Cyprus is set to intensify, with Turkey announcing it is to send a drilling ship to the region days after the US energy company ExxonMobil dispatched its own survey vessels to the area. As tensions flare over the potential spoils off the divided ...
Turkey on March 20 rejected the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's statement on “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin region. In a written statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey was contributing to Syria's territorial integrity by fighting against a separatist terror group. The allegations about the operation ...
According to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, the attack came as sympathisers with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkey threatened to spread more "violence" in the country, along with supporters of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) – the PKK's Syrian branch. The PKK has been ...
Many years ago, the Israeli Bedouin expert Clinton Bailey told me a story about a Bedouin chief who discovered one day that his favorite turkey had been stolen. He called his sons together and told them: “Boys, we are in great danger now. My turkey's been stolen. Find my turkey.” His boys just laughed and ...
The United Nations on Tuesday called on Turkey to end its 18-month-old state of emergency, saying that the routine extension of emergency powers has resulted in “profound” human rights violations against hundreds of thousands of people and may have lasting impact on the country's socio-economic ...
An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey could spend up to 35 years in jail for allegedly spying and collaborating with a terrorist organization. Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina, was arrested in Turkey in the wake of the 2016 attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip ...



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