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Saturday, December 15, 2018

EU urges Turkey to refrain from 'unilateral' Syria move | Daily Mail Online

EU urges Turkey to refrain from 'unilateral' Syria move

By Afp

The US warned this week that any unilateral military action in northern Syria would be "unacceptable"

The European Union's foreign policy chief on Saturday asked Turkey to forgo any unilateral military action in Syria, where Ankara has threatened a fresh offensive against a US-backed Kurdish militia.

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Fitch holds Turkey rating at BB with negative outlook - Latest News

Fitch holds Turkey rating at BB with negative outlook
WASHINGTON - Anadolu Agency
Fitch holds Turkey rating at BB with negative outlook

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Turkey's credit rating at "BB" with a negative outlook.

Turkish economy is navigating out of a "sharp depreciation" of the lira, which "stemmed from the materialisation of external financing vulnerabilities, aggravated by political and geopolitical developments, all areas of weakness for the sovereign credit profile" the rating agency said in a statement on Dec. 14.

More:Fitch holds Turkey rating at BB with negative outlook - Latest News

High-speed train crash stirs debate in Turkey - Global Times

High-speed train crash stirs debate in Turkey
Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/12/15 9:37:09
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A high-speed train from Turkey's capital Ankara to central Anatolian province Konya collided with a guide train on the same route that was carrying out a track inspection on Thursday.

A total of nine people died and 86 others were injured in the train which was carrying 206. Three engine drivers are among the dead.

More:High-speed train crash stirs debate in Turkey - Global Times

Friday, December 14, 2018

Turkey conducts airstrikes against PKK targets in Iraq

Turkey conducts airstrikes against PKK targets in Iraq
Associated Press |
Dec 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM
| ANKARA, Turkey

Turkey's Defense Ministry says the military has conducted airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's Sinjar and Mount Karajak regions.

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Commentary: When it comes to defending the press, President Erdogan is the world’s biggest hypocrite;

Commentary: When it comes to defending the press, President Erdogan is the world’s biggest hypocrite

T urkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has played up the despicable killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to his considerable advantage. From his relentless pursuit of Khashoggi’s murderers, you’d almost think he has genuine concern for freedom of the press. Don’t believe a word of it.

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Turkey will enter Syria’s Manbij if US fails to remove YPG: Erdoğan - Turkey News

Turkey will enter Syria’s Manbij if US fails to remove YPG: Erdoğan
ANKARA

Turkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG members, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 14.

More:Turkey will enter Syria’s Manbij if US fails to remove YPG: Erdoğan - Turkey News

Turkey Orders Arrest of Over 200 Military Personnel Over Alleged Gulen Links

Turkey Orders Arrest of Over 200 Military Personnel Over Alleged Gulen Links

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the arrest of over 200 military personnel for suspected links to a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported on December 14.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Erdogan unveils second 100-day action plan since re-election as Turkish president - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Erdogan unveils second 100-day action plan since re-election as Turkish president

ANKARA, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday unveiled the second 100-day action plan, four months after the first one was announced.

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High-speed train crash kills 9, injures dozens in Ankara, Turkey

High-speed train crash kills 9, injures dozens in Ankara, Turkey
Television footage showed emergency services working to rescue passengers from wrangled cars and debris.

By Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in Turkey's capital on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 46 others, officials said.

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For 3rd straight year, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country: Report - ABC News

For 3rd straight year, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country: Report

By EMILY RUCHALSKI

Dec 13, 2018, 5:01 AM ET

Even as Turkish leaders call for an international inquiry into Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khassogi's murder, the Committee to Project Journalists found the Turkish government to be the world's biggest jailer of journalists for the third consecutive year, according to a newly released report.

More:For 3rd straight year, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country: Report - ABC News

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Turkey’s Erdogan promises to clear U.S.-backed Kurds from eastern Syria, prompting warning from Pentagon - Los Angeles Times

Turkey’s Erdogan promises to clear U.S.-backed Kurds from eastern Syria, prompting warning from Pentagon

By Umar Farooq and Nabih Bulos Dec 12, 2018

Turkey will launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria “within a matter of days,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, prompting warnings from the Pentagon and State Department.

More:Turkey’s Erdogan promises to clear U.S.-backed Kurds from eastern Syria, prompting warning from Pentagon - Los Angeles Times

Yellow Vest protests cause satisfaction and resentment in Turkey

Yellow Vest protests cause satisfaction and resentment in Turkey

Semih Idiz December 12, 2018
Article Summary

Protests in Paris have ignited fears of copycat demonstrations against President Erdogan in Turkey.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

More military expulsions appear imminent in Turkey

More military expulsions appear imminent in Turkey

Metin Gurcan December 11, 2018

Article Summary

The Turkish government is investigating some 15,000 more military members suspected of being connected with the Gulenist movement, and 4,000 may be ousted soon.

More:More military expulsions appear imminent in Turkey

Monday, December 10, 2018

Istanbul expands smart recycling container project - Recycling Today Global

Istanbul expands smart recycling container project

Istanbul, Turkey, is expanding its smart recycling container project, which was introduced to the public “in order to recycle the packaging waste polluting the environment.”

Since the launch of the recycling initiative in September, the city has installed automated "smart containers" at six locations across Istanbul, from busy underground metro stations to elementary schools. Containers will soon be established in 22 schools across the city, determined by demand.

More:Istanbul expands smart recycling container project - Recycling Today Global

Erdogan’s Growth Pledge on the Line as Turkish Economy Stumbles - WSJ

Erdogan’s Growth Pledge on the Line as Turkish Economy Stumbles

Economic figures also present a conundrum for Turkey’s central bank

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ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey seeks 15-year prison terms for prominent journalists | STL.News

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey seeks 15-year prison terms for prominent journalists

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking maximum 15-year prison terms for five journalists of an opposition newspaper, intensifying concerns over authorities’ crackdown on news coverage critical of the government.

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Erdogan ratifies agreement to create UN bank in Turkey

Erdogan ratifies agreement to create UN bank in Turkey
10 December 2018 14:49 (UTC+04:00)
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By Trend

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ratified an agreement to create a bank under the auspices of the UN (International Technology Bank), Trend reports citing the Turkish newspaper Resmi Gazete.

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Hard Landing for Turkish Economy Upsets Erdogan's Electoral Play - Bloomberg

Hard Landing for Turkish Economy Upsets Erdogan's Electoral Play
By Cagan Koc
and Baris Balci
December 10, 2018, 2:20 AM EST Updated on December 10, 2018, 6:40 AM EST

Now that the hard landing is here for Turkey, the question is how long the economic slowdown will last and what policy makers will do about it with only months left before local elections.

More:Hard Landing for Turkish Economy Upsets Erdogan's Electoral Play - Bloomberg

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Slow recycler Turkey seeks better uses for its trash, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Slow recycler Turkey seeks better uses for its trash

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish woman Tulay Gercek stands in front of a vending machine at a busy Istanbul metro station but instead of putting coins into a slot, she crams plastic bottles into a hole.

More:Slow recycler Turkey seeks better uses for its trash, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Will China buy Turkey on the cheap?

Will China buy Turkey on the cheap?
READ IN: Türkçe
Kadri Gursel December 8, 2018

Article Summary
Some argue China may “swallow” Turkey through acquisitions, given China’s growing interest in the region and Turkey’s economic crisis, which has cheapened its assets and left it in dire need of external funds. But the realities on the ground speak otherwise.

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Emerging-Market Dud Turkey Wins Favor as a Top Trade for 2019 - Bloomberg

Emerging-Market Dud Turkey Wins Favor as a Top Trade for 2019
By Ben Bartenstein
December 7, 2018, 3:43 PM EST

A currency crisis, credit-rating downgrades and U.S. sanctions wreaked havoc on Turkish markets this year. Yet that turmoil has set the stage for one of next year’s most attractive trades in the developing world, according to AllianceBernstein and NWI Management.

More:Emerging-Market Dud Turkey Wins Favor as a Top Trade for 2019 - Bloomberg

Turkey data largest fall in terrorism throughout Europe | Infosurhoy

Turkey data largest fall in terrorism throughout Europe

by Denis Bedoya | Dec 8, 2018 | News

Death toll from terrorism in Turkey fell from 659 to 123 in 2017, Global Terrorism Index 2018 says

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Turkey's top spy traveled to Washington to meet with US lawmakers - Business Insider

Turkey's top spy traveled to Washington to meet with US lawmakers and intelligence officials
Mark Hosenball and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Turkey's head of intelligence has traveled to Washington to meet with US lawmakers and intelligence officials, sources said, in an apparent bid to improve ties with the Americans after a breakdown in the NATO allies' relationship last summer.

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UPDATE 1-US prosecutor drops appeal to extend Turkish banker's sentence - Anadolu | Reuters

UPDATE 1-US prosecutor drops appeal to extend Turkish banker's sentence - Anadolu

ANKARA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The New York prosecutor’s office has withdrawn an appeal to extend the sentence of a former executive at Turkey’s state-owned lender Halkbank, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

More:UPDATE 1-US prosecutor drops appeal to extend Turkish banker's sentence - Anadolu | Reuters

Interview with the French-Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole: Europe's homegrown Turkish ethno-nationalists - Qantara.de

Europe's homegrown Turkish ethno-nationalists

According to prominent Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole, many European countries have failed to integrate their Muslim and Turkish citizens. In interview with Luca Steinmann, Gole argues that this has served to deepen social polarisation in Europe

More:Interview with the French-Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole: Europe's homegrown Turkish ethno-nationalists - Qantara.de

Thursday, December 06, 2018

As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists - The New York Times

As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists

Dec. 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Virginia are investigating a secret Turkish lobbying effort that once involved Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, even as Mr. Flynn’s role in the special counsel’s investigation winds down, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

More:As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists - The New York Times

COMMENTARY — The Turkish model: How Turkey has coped with 3.6 million Syrian refugees | Vocal Europe

COMMENTARY — The Turkish model: How Turkey has coped with 3.6 million Syrian refugees
Robert Ellis
06/12/2018

There is one issue that has preoccupied Europe since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011: immigration. More than six million Syrians are internally displaced and five million have fled to neighbouring countries, mainly Turkey but also Lebanon and Jordan.

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The dilemma of Turkish opposition voters: To punish or not to punish CHP?

The dilemma of Turkish opposition voters: To punish or not to punish CHP?

I am not sure to what degree the traditional voters of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) are following the developments to select candidates for the municipal elections.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Turkish doctors say hospital violence out of control

Turkish doctors say hospital violence out of control

Pinar Tremblay December 5, 2018

Article Summary
Turkey's health care workers have long asked for government action to curb the verbal and physical assaults they too often face at work, but the government’s latest bill does little to help them.

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Mueller gives new details on Flynn's secretive work for Turkey

Mueller gives new details on Flynn's secretive work for Turkey

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller say that Flynn’s lies "impeded the ability of the public" to know the extent of Turkey's efforts to influence public opinion.

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Japan cancels $22 billion Turkish nuclear power project | Ahval

Japan cancels $22 billion Turkish nuclear power project

A Japan-led consortium has cancelled plans to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey citing rising costs and failure to agree revised financing terms with the government.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and its partners have pulled out of the project after construction costs rose to 5 trillion yen ($44 billion), about double original projections, Nikkei Asia Review reported on Tuesday, citing sources it didn’t identify.

More:Japan cancels $22 billion Turkish nuclear power project | Ahval

UPDATE 3-Turkish lira weakens on concerns of looser monetary policy | Reuters

Turkish lira weakens on concerns of looser monetary policy

ISTANBUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Turkey’s lira weakened some three percent on Tuesday amid increased expectations of an early loosening in monetary policy after data showed the country’s annual inflation rate eased in November from a 15-year peak.

More:UPDATE 3-Turkish lira weakens on concerns of looser monetary policy | Reuters

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Parasailing Santa Claus attracts tourists in SW Turkey

Parasailing Santa Claus attracts tourists in SW Turkey

By Sabri Kesen

MUGLA, Turkey

Known for riding his sleigh through the air to deliver toys to children at this time of year, Santa Claus surprised people while parasailing above a beach in sunny Aegean Turkey on Monday.

As part of the Marmaris New Year Fest in southwestern Mugla province, Santa Claus glided through the air with an open parachute while being towed by a motorboat for 30 minutes in the Marmaris district.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Turkish president praises Venezuela's leader in 1st visit - ABC News

Turkish president praises Venezuela's leader in 1st visit

By The Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela — Dec 3, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heaped praise on Venezuela's embattled socialist leader Monday as political and economic ties between the two countries blossom.

More:Turkish president praises Venezuela's leader in 1st visit - ABC News

Turkish Onion Prices Surge 51%, Defying Crackdown on Inflation - Bloomberg

Turkish Onion Prices Surge by an Eye-Watering 51%
By Cagan Koc
December 3, 2018, 5:24 AM EST

Onion prices have surged in Turkey, defying a government crackdown on inflation.

Prices surged 51 percent in November, the most of any component in a basket of prices whose gains decelerated in November to 21.2 percent from a 15-year high the month before. The government has been raiding storehouses where producers and dealers store onions, accusing them of hoarding crops to hike up prices.

More:Turkish Onion Prices Surge 51%, Defying Crackdown on Inflation - Bloomberg

Many Turks outraged by state religious authority's bloated budget

Many Turks outraged by state religious authority's bloated budget

Pinar Tremblay
November 20, 2018

Article Summary Turkey's 2019 budget includes a sharp increase for its Religious Affairs Directorate, drawing criticism of what some see as a vast overreach in influence.

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Turkish inflation rate dips from peak of over 25% | Financial Times

Turkish inflation rate dips from peak of over 25%

Turkish inflation fell in November after hitting a peak of more than 25 per cent the previous month, in a sign that the worst of the country’s economic crisis may be behind it.

More:Turkish inflation rate dips from peak of over 25% | Financial Times

Economists unmoved by pause in Turkish lira's plummet

Economists unmoved by pause in Turkish lira's plummet
Jasper Mortimer December 3, 2018

Article Summary
Though the latest news about Turkey's currency is good, economists still believe Turkey could well be sailing into recession, while at the G20 summit, the Turkish president is frustrated by how little is being made of the Jamal Khashoggi murder case.

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Turkey will no longer use ‘tulip’ in promotion logos - Latest News

Turkey will no longer use ‘tulip’ in promotion logos
Umut Erdem – ANKARA

Turkey is planning to introduce a new theme and a logo for its tourism and cultural promotion, abandoning the symbolic tulip in advertisements and “Turkey Home” campaign.

The Culture and Tourism Ministry announced an advertising tender, to be held on Jan. 8, 2019 in Berlin, to create a new branding identity, a new slogan and a new logo for Turkey, aiming to shift the country’s traditional image with a modern one.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

President Erdogan: The sultan of no scruples        | National Herald

President Erdogan: The sultan of no scruples

Saurabh Kumar Shahi

With some smart diplomacy, wily trade-off and plain skulduggery, President Erdogan has brought himself and his nation back from the brink even after gaining absolutely nothing from the Syrian blunder

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Facebook to open entrepreneurship center in Turkey - Daily Sabah

Facebook to open entrepreneurship center in Turkey
DAILY SABAH

Social media giant Facebook announced on Wednesday a series of investment ventures that will contribute to the Turkish economy through small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), communities and business partnerships.

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Xi calls on China, Turkey to share development opportunities - CGTN

Xi calls on China, Turkey to share development opportunities
Politics

President Xi Jinping called on China and Turkey to strengthen cooperation and share development opportunities in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.

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Turkey: Elections, crisis and repression - International Viewpoint - online socialist magazine

Turkey: Elections, crisis and repression

Saturday 1 December 2018, by Uraz Aydin

With four elections, a constitutional referendum and a coup attempt in the space of three years, the least we can say is that instability reigns in Turkey, even though President Erdogan has consolidated his power through all these turns. However, the municipal elections that will take place in March 2019 are already perceived by both the governing parties and the opposition as a new plebiscite, all this against the background of a deep economic crisis that promises to worsen.

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