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IF SIZE matters, which it does for Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then the $12.5bn building site on Istanbul's northern fringe matters a lot. ... The glut of housing expected to spring up near the new airport, along the road connecting it to the Asian side of the city and along the planned route of the ...
Northern Diyarbakır, with its mountainous and woodland terrain, serves as one of the main bastions inside Turkey for the PKK, who demand self-rule and greater rights for Kurds. On hundreds of occasions, Turkey has enforced, at times for months, round-the-clock curfews in scores of Kurdish cities during ...

Turkey has established a tent city in Syria's Afrin district for Syrians who fled from the Eastern Qalamoun region near the capital Damascus, Turkish General Staff announced on April 25. The tent city was set up by the Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), ...
ALEPPO, Syria — The city of Afrin, which is part of the larger Afrin district in northern Aleppo province, is getting an interim governing council to help rebuild services now that Turkey has wrested control of the area from Kurdish groups that Ankara considers terrorists. The National Coalition for Syrian ...
A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists and other senior staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges, in a case that has exacerbated concerns over press freedom. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said that 14 employees were found guilty of "aiding a terror ...
But Sally insists she thought nothing was amiss before she reached the Turkish border town of Sanliurfa. It was there that Elhassani refused to let her leave the hotel room, saying the city was "too dangerous." "Once we got to Sanliurfa everything changed," she says. "I was like a prisoner in the room.".

The ancient city of Aphrodisias, one of the most well protected ancient cities in Anatolia, is expecting a record number of visitors this year after being registered in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Located in Aydın's Karasu district, Aphrodisias peaked in the Roman period, although it dates back 7,000 years.
During the reign of Isis in northwestern Iraq, the terror group branded Yazidis “infidels”, killed the men and enslaved their women and children. Cockburn says the “names of Yazidi villages are being changed”, and says “many of the Sunni Arab fighters...who are under the command of the Turkish military ...
By Kerem Kocalar. GAZIANTEP, Turkey. Anadolu Agency's editors for foreign languages and international news paid a visit late Thursday to Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep close to the Syrian border. Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya and Fatma Sahin, mayor of Gaziantep city, informed the ...
Since 2016, the village has partnered with beekeepers throughout the province to produce what it's billing as some of Turkey's highest quality honey — sold locally and ... Once a year, the town even posts a giant list of Ovacık's revenue and expenditures for the public to see on the municipality's walls.
The seven-year civil war in Syria has pushed tens of thousands of people out of their homes, making them refugees in various countries. Turkey received an influx of 3.5 million Syrians. About 13,000 of them are living in the Oncupinar Refugee Camp in Kilis on the Turkish-Syrian border. We recently visited ...
Frustrated with high fees, Bulgarians turn to neighboring Turkey to shop for medicine. Edirne, a Turkish city bordering Bulgaria and Greece, sees a rising number of Bulgarian patients seeking cheap prescription drugs. In daily excursions to Edirne, already a popular route for Bulgarian grocery shoppers, ...
The German Foreign Ministry says a German-Turkish dual national has apparently been arrested in Istanbul, an incident that comes as relations between the two countries have been strained by previous arrests of German citizens. The Spiegel Online news website reported Tuesday that Adil Demirci was ...
Turkey has failed to make progress and is even backsliding on bringing its laws into line with European Union standards as it seeks to join the bloc, the EU's executive arm said Tuesday. The Turkish government responded by saying the EU had never been "objective, equal or fair" toward Turkey.
Relations between Greece and Turkey are experiencing a "period of instability," the Greek prime minister said Tuesday, stressing that Greece will not negotiate over any part of its territory. Speaking from the small eastern Aegean island of Kastelorizo, which he visited to inaugurate a desalination plant, ...
American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has become a political football between the United States and Turkey, finally got a chance this week to address ... When he appeared in court April 16 in Aliaga, a town 60 kilometers (38 miles) north of Izmir, Brunson was asked about his alleged Gulenist sympathies.
An American pastor on Monday denied accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey, speaking at the beginning of his trial in a ... the state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Brunson as telling the court in the town of Aliaga, some 60 kilometers (38 miles) north of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

ALEPPO, Syria — A Turkish company will build a power plant to provide electricity to the city of Azaz in northern Aleppo province, and Ankara hopes to eventually help provide electricity and other services to the cities and towns damaged in Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield military intervention.
Nowruz meaning "new day" in Persian marks the annual start of spring and is celebrated across a wide swath of the Middle East, Caucasus, South Asia and the Balkans. Turkey's eastern city of Van - dubbed as the "pearl of the east" - welcomed a record number of tourists over this year's Nowruz holiday.
(CNN) Syrian rebel fighters backed by Turkey went on a looting spree in Afrin on Sunday after seizing control of the Kurdish-held town following a ... in Operation Olive Branch -- the invasion of Afrin -- and that forces would push eastward towards other Kurdish-held towns in northern Syria and across the ...
The field hospital established by the Turkish Health Ministry in Cox's Bazaar city began admitting patients in February. "Rohingya ... The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes, and torched Rohingya villages.
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels man a checkpoint in the town of Jandairis from Kurdish forces, on March 9, 2018 in Syria's Afrin region, near the Turkish border. Ankara launched operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units on Jan. 20, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing it ...
Prepared by Turkey's İş Bank, the report revealed that house purchases by foreigners in 2017 saw increases each month as the interest of foreign citizens in the ... On a city-by-city basis, Istanbul led the way with 8,183 houses in 2017 and Turkey's largest metropolis was followed by the resort city of Antalya.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels have been on a roll in the Afrin region recently, capturing large chunks of territory from the Kurdish-led YPG forces. On Friday, the Turkish-backed rebels continued their push towards Afrin city, seizing two towns in the northern part of this region in ...
Most of the journalists worked for news organizations that are considered friendly to Fetullah Gulen, a cleric living in seclusion in a small town in Pennsylvania. The Turkish government claims that Mr. Gulen leads a shadowy, violent movement aiming to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey's state-run news agency said meanwhile that Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces had entered the town of Jinderes, in the enclave's southwest, where they were engaged in street clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that a siege of ...
Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Wednesday cleared all terrorists from Kafr Jana village in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, ... 20, the Turkish military and the FSA have liberated 151 locations, including four town centers, 121 villages, 30 strategic areas, and one YPG/PKK base.
After a year in Turkey, a Sudanese university student is now offering local children in his village free Turkish lessons on weekends. Halid Osman, a student at Khartoum's University of the Holy Qur'an and Islamic Sciences, returned home from a year studying in Turkey and decided to give lessons to children ...
"This is the second project in a series of projects under the program for sustainable cities, which aims to improve the economic, financial, environmental, and social sustainability of Turkish cities by enabling interested municipalities to access financing for their investments and to deliver improved services to ...
A rare albino seal has been spotted by the Turkish Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) in the western Turkish resort town of Bodrum. The 2.5-meter-long albino seal has been found swimming on a fish farm near the Torba bay.
Efforts to drive out the group known as the People's Protection Units (YPG) from Jindires are seen as critical to Turkey's goal of encircling Afrin amid growing debate as to whether Turkey's hawkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will follow through with pledges to capture the city of Afrin itself — a fight that ...
The Iraqi ambassador to Moscow Haydar Hadi has described the presence of Turkish forces on Iraqi soil as an “invasion”, the Russian new site Sputnik ... coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), the extremist jihadist organisation that declared itself a caliphate in 2014 after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Turkey launched an operation against Kurdish militants holed up in Cizre in September 2015, sealing off the city and placing a curfew for eight days. The town had limited access to water and food and many of the injured were prohibited from receiving professional medical treatment. The Council of Europe ...
In government for 15 years and controlling the Istanbul and Ankara municipalities for 24, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to roll out ... This will be an important campaign strategy in the run-up to the March 2019 municipality elections, plus parliamentary and presidential polls due ...
5:55 p.m.. Turkey's state-run news agency says pro-Syrian government forces have turned back 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Afrin city following shelling by the Turkish military. ... A group of pro-government Syrian fighters began entering the Afrin region from the nearby government-held village of Nubul.
Kurdish leaders say they had to turn to President Assad and his allies as no foreign powers would help them against advancing Turkish forces. "We came to the city of Afrin to support our brothers here, and now we are standing in the heart of Afrin, as you see," a commander of the pro-government Syrian ...
Erdogan also said that Turkish forces and their Syrian allies would begin besieging the town of Afrin in the coming days, as Ankara pursues a ... This way, both outside help to the region and city will be cut off, and the terrorist organization will not have the means to negotiate with anyone," he said. Erdogan ...
Nine years ago, a poverty-stricken village in central Turkey's Yozgat province broke ground with a visionary project to create a huge communal garden space – a project which has now inspired hundreds of other villages across the country. In an effort to fight growing unemployment due to migration to cities ...
After a year in Turkey, a Sudanese university student is now offering local children in his village free Turkish lessons on weekends. Halid Osman, a student at Khartoum's University of the Holy Qur'an and Islamic Sciences, returned home from a year studying in Turkey and decided to give lessons to children ...
Turkish police have unlawfully confiscated thousands of books as well as computers from a Kurdish publisher in the southeast Turkish city of Diyarbakır, the Kurdish news agency Kurdistan 24 reported on Thursday. Over 30 anti-terror police arrived in armoured vehicles to raid Aram Publishing House at ...
A day earlier, Grandi met with some of the 540,000 Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey's largest city Istanbul. As well as young entrepreneurs and students studying at Turkish universities, the High Commissioner spoke with members of a Syrian women's support group who told him of their hopes and ...
Two pilots have been killed when a Turkish military plane crashed in western Turkey during a training mission. Turkey's military said in a statement that the SF-260D light trainer plane crashed on Friday shortly after it took off from Cigli air base near the western port city of Izmir. The wreckage of the stricken ...
In Istanbul today, like in many other places, the most popular place to go to the movies is the mall. There are more than 100 malls in Turkey's largest city, and many of them are directly connected to various metro stops, ensuring convenient access. The mall has become a symbol for all that has gone wrong ...
A German reporter detained in Turkey for more than a year was released from jail pending trial, even as six other journalists and newspaper employees were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Turkish court Friday. Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for German daily Die Welt, was detained as part of a Turkish ...
Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Friday liberated two more villages in northwestern Syria from the control of PYD/PKK terrorists. According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, the villages of Hassan Kalkawi and Jalma near Raju town in Afrin were cleared from terrorists during ...
Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Thursday liberated six more villages in northwestern Syria from the control of PYD/PKK terrorists. According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, the village of Kharab Summak in Rajo town was now clear of all terrorists. Earlier Thursday, the ...
Istanbul Grand Airport (IGA) is the operator of Istanbul's under-construction third airport. The third airport in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, will open on Oct. 29, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying. Eighty percent of the construction of the airport, which Turkey says will be ...
Before the Arab Spring, Turkey was a rising star in its neighborhood, but has become a troubled nation in the years since. ... movement of goods and people taking place in a vast area stretching from the city of Kars in eastern Turkey to the Atlantic, and from Sinop on the Black Sea coast to the Gulf of Aden.
In late December 1995, the two NATO countries almost went to war over Kardak/Imia, between the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum and the Greek island of Kalymnos. Turkey is ready to take “all necessary measures” to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey's ownership of the continental shelf in ...
Curfews were imposed in dozens of villages and towns in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Feb. 14, ahead of an anticipated new operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The Diyarbakir Governor's Office said a total of 176 curfews had been imposed in the province to ...


 

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