Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PM instructed governor to allow Syria-bound trucks to drive away - CİHAN

PM instructed governor to allow Syria-bound trucks to drive away
ISTANBUL - 23.07.2014 19:15:14

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allegedly instructed Adana Governor Hüseyin Avni Coş in January to allow three trucks bound for Syria, which Turkish gendarmerie forces intercepted on suspicion of arms shipments to terrorist groups in Syria, to drive away, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Wednesday.

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EU calls for impartial judicial process amid latest raids in Turkey - CİHAN

EU calls for impartial judicial process amid latest raids in Turkey
ISTANBUL - 23.07.2014 19:05:57

The European Union has said the 28-nation bloc is closely following the latest raids of more than 100 venues as part of the Turkish government's attempt to contain a corruption scandal, calling on Turkish authorities to ensure an "independent and impartial judicial process" that is fully in line with European standards.

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PM Erdoğan admits July 22 operation carried out on his instructions

PM Erdoğan admits July 22 operation carried out on his instructions

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted on Tuesday that an operation staged on July 22 against dozens of high-ranking police officials who had carried out the Dec. 17 bribery and corruption operation was done upon his instructions.

Speaking on a TV program, Erdoğan defended the illegal actions against members of the Hizmet movement, saying they are determined to continue their fight against the movement no matter what happens.

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UPDATE 1-Turkish shares at highest since May 2013, lira stronger | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Turkish shares at highest since May 2013, lira stronger

Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:25pm IST

(Reuters) - Turkish shares rose to their highest since May 2013 on Wednesday and the lira hit its strongest since mid-June as risk aversion eased and after the economy minister forecast Turkey's current deficit would fall by more than expected this year.

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Women from Turkey, Armenia come together to reduce conflict, 23 July 2014

Women from Turkey, Armenia come together to reduce conflict

23 July 2014

Volunteers in Turkey and Armenia are building relationships in the hope that person-to-person diplomacy will help set a foundation for the restoration of relations between the neighbouring nations.

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Erdogan's Rhetoric Raises Diplomatic Tensions

Erdogan's Rhetoric Raises Diplomatic Tensions

Dorian Jones

July 22, 2014 1:37 PM
ISTANBUL —

Turkey’s prime minister has been criticizing U.S. policies in the Middle East, particularly regarding the conflict in Syria and fighting between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Analysts say tension between Washington and Ankara comes at a time when the two allies must cooperate to confront the growing threat by Islamic extremists.

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Syrian refugees get to work in Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Syrian refugees get to work in Turkey

For almost three years now, Turkey has been home to Syrians fleeing the war in their country. Initially, most Syrians lived in shelter centers. But soon, many left the centers and sought livelihood in the cities.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A national tragedy

A national tragedy

July 22, 2014, Tuesday/ 16:34:58/ JOOST LAGENDIJK

I have been living in Turkey since 2009 now. All those years, I have followed the news in Turkey and abroad closely using Turkish, Dutch and English newspapers, websites and social media. Never before have I seen such an enormous gap in reporting the news between the Turkish media on the one hand and all foreign media on the other than during the last couple of days.

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Iraqi Turkmens ‘left for dead’ in desert, 22 July 2014

Iraqi Turkmens ‘left for dead’ in desert

22 July 2014

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Iraq as Turkmens who fled the advance of the feared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are now succumbing to the region’s scorching summer sun as refugees. And with death approaching, many refugees are apoplectic at Turkey and Kurdistan’s indifference to their plight.

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Operation against Gulen movement in Turkey carried out without informing Justice Ministry - Trend.Az

Operation against Gulen movement in Turkey carried out without informing Justice Ministry
Justice Ministry / Politics
22 July 2014, 16:25 (GMT+05:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 22

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag hasn't been informed about the operations carried out against the Gulen movement.

The country's Prosecutor General's Office is carrying out the operations without informing the Justice Ministry, Haber7 TV channel quoted Bozdag as saying on July 22.

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Erdogan abandons mediation role for anti-Israel diatribe | The Times of Israel

Erdogan abandons mediation role for anti-Israel diatribe

Turkey’s PM’S rhetoric reaches new heights in effort to impress voters before August presidential elections

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‘Artquake Üsküdar’ the newest biennial in Istanbul - ARTS

‘Artquake Üsküdar’ the newest biennial in Istanbul

ISTANBUL

The International Forum of the Arts (IFA), a prestigious art organization composed of international artists, collectors, curators and art lovers will hold the first Üsküdar Art Biennial titled “Artquake Istanbul 2014.”

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Bilal Erdoğan purchases $35 million oil tanker

Bilal Erdoğan purchases $35 million oil tanker

July 22, 2014, Tuesday/ 17:03:45/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

The BMZ Group, a company run by Bilal Erdoğan, the son of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has purchased a $35 million oil tanker, according to Turkish news sources on Tuesday.

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Turkey: Deadly Clash at Syrian Border - NYTimes.com

Turkey: Deadly Clash at Syrian Border

A Turkish soldier was killed and two others were injured late Monday in Ceylanpinar, a town in Sanliurfa Province on the Syrian border, after smugglers were prevented from crossing into Turkey and opened fire on a military station, CNN Turk television reported.

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Eight killed as Turkish military, Kurdish rebels clash

Eight killed as Turkish military, Kurdish rebels clash

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 22 (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed in clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels on the country's Syrian border, the army said on Tuesday, apparently the most serious outbreak of violence since the militants declared a ceasefire last year.

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Turkey's Erdogan says wants to see more power in hands of president | Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan says wants to see more power in hands of president

ANKARA Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:18am EDT

(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to see the powers of the presidency boosted, adding that he expected his ruling AK Party to propose a new constitution after parliamentary polls in 2015.

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Video: Ski jump collapse in Turkey - Telegraph

Turkey's £19m ski jump collapses before your eyes

The dramatic collapse of Turkey's first ski jump, which hosted the World University Games in 2011, has been caught on camera

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Turkey’s Culture Wars - NYTimes.com

Turkey’s Culture Wars

ISTANBUL — Residents walking through the conservative Fatih neighborhood here were used to seeing a billboard with the Brazilian actress and model Adriana Lima advertising a hair-removal product — until, one recent day, she appeared in a full burqa. Someone had covered Lima head to toe in black spray. Next to the image, a mysterious hand had scrawled: “Do not commit indecency!”

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`I no longer talk to Obama`: Turkey`s Erdogan

`I no longer talk to Obama`: Turkey`s Erdogan
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 15:14

Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

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PKK: We have a ceasefire with Turkey, not peace | BAS NEWS

PKK: We have a ceasefire with Turkey, not peace
22.07.2014

Karim Simko
BasNews, Qandil

In an exclusive interview for BasNews, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) head of Foreign Relations Damhat Agid, said that Iran would not make progress in terms of Kurdish rights if it continues to persecute and execute Kurds.

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PM Erdoğan’s outbursts ‘hurt Turkey’s standing in the world,’ Washington says - DIPLOMACY

Turkey’s standing in the world,’ Washington says

Washington has repeated its criticism of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent remarks that compared Israel’s military operation in Gaza Strip to the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, saying that such comments “hurt Turkey’s standing in the world.”

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1 killed, 65 hurt in Turkish tanker truck blast - seattlepi.com

1 killed, 65 hurt in Turkish tanker truck blast
Updated 4:33 am, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a tanker truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, has overturned and exploded on a highway in southeast Turkey, killing one person and injuring at least 65 others.

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Fight against domestic violence stalls in patriarchal Turkey | Reuters

Fight against domestic violence stalls in patriarchal Turkey

By Jonny Hogg and Humeyra Pamuk

ISTANBUL Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:06am EDT

(Reuters) - Beaten, burned and threatened by her husband, Hayat has repeatedly turned to the Turkish authorities for help. But she still lives with the man who tells her she belongs either to him, or in her grave.

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Former minister defends purchase of $22 million parcel

Former minister defends purchase of $22 million parcel

July 21, 2014, Monday/ 16:26:04/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

Former Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar defended his company's purchase of piece of land presently valued at $22 million in İstanbul's Koşuyolu neighborhood in a statement released on Sunday.

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Report: Many members of police arrested in sweeping pre-dawn raids - CİHAN

Report: Many members of police arrested in sweeping pre-dawn raids
ISTANBUL - 22.07.2014 04:15:54

Turkish authorities reportedly arrested a number of members of the police who attended recent corruption operation in pre-dawn raids, a whistle-blower has said.

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