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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Turkey's 2017 GDP Forecasts Raised as 1Q Growth Beats Estimates - Bloomberg

Turkey's 2017 GDP Forecasts Raised as 1Q Growth Beats Estimates
By Josh Robinson June 29, 2017, 9:50 AM GMT+2

The Turkish economy will expand 3.5 percent in 2017, 3.1 percent in 2018 and 3.5 percent in 2019, according to a survey conducted by Bloomberg news. That compares with forecasts of 2.6 percent, 3.1 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively, in last month’s survey.

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Turkey remembers Istanbul airport attack

Turkey remembers Istanbul airport attack

Turkey on Wednesday marked one year since three attackers killed 45 passengers and staff at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. Middle East Online Grieving man holds flowers by commemorative plaque during memorial ceremony at Ataturk International airport ISTANBUL - Turkey on Wednesday marked one year since the triple suicide bombing and gun attack on its main international airport in Istanbul that left dozens dead and was blamed on Islamic State jihadists.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The collapse of Turkish army’s health and education system

The collapse of Turkish army’s health and education system

In late May, more than 1,000 soldiers from a land forces brigade in the western Turkish province of Manisa were hospitalized for food poisoning, and one of them lost his life. The problem at the barracks, where 6,000 new conscripts are receiving training, was described as intestinal infection, but the detailed medical analyses of samples from affected soldiers have not been released. On June 17, a new bout of mass food poisonings occurred in Manisa. Around the same time, dozens of soldiers were hospitalized also in Kastamonu and Diyarbakir, again with food poisoning symptoms.

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Turkish President Erdogan's Dangerous Autocratic Tactics

Turkish President Erdogan's Dangerous Autocratic Tactics

By Adam Turner
Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 12:15 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In 2016, Rifat Cetin, a Turkish doctor, received a suspended one-year jail sentence — he could have been imprisoned for up to five years — for violating Article 299 of Turkish law code, which bars insults to the Turkish President. The criminally insulting tweet in question compares President Erdogan to the villainous character of "Gollum" from the popular fantasy movie series, "Lord of the Rings." During the trial, Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, intervened to testify that the images were no insult, as they actually depicted Smeagol, Gollum’s good alter-ego. The famous director’s statement may have been enough to get the doctor off, legally speaking, but in the end Mr. Cetin was still stripped of his parental custody rights, and was fired from his job.

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