Monthly Archives: December 2018

US voices ‘grave concern’ over Turkey’s planned Syria operation

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The United States has voiced “grave concern” over a military operation planned by Turkey in northeastern Syria. “Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as U.S. personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern,” said Pentagon Spokesman … Continue reading

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CHP and İYİ Party agree on poll alliance in 21 cities

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The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party have agreed to cooperate in 21 metropolitan municipalities for the upcoming local elections, after 29 days of negotiation talks. “As you may know, the challenges of cooperation are as clear as day. Our agenda consists … Continue reading

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Turkey launches national space program

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Turkey’s official gazette published a presidential decree on Dec. 13 announcing the establishment of the country’s space agency. The Turkey Space Agency will prepare and carry out the National Space Program in line with the policies determined by the president of Turkey, according to the decree. The agency will … Continue reading

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Turkish Central Bank holds key interest rate at 24 pct

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The Turkish Central Bank on Dec. 13 kept its the one-week repo rate – also known as the bank’s policy rate – constant at 24 percent. “Recently released data show that the rebalancing trend in the economy has become more noticeable,” the bank said in a statement from … Continue reading

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Turkish schools to offer gluten-free meals

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Turkey’s Health Ministry and Education Ministry are set to cooperate for students who are gluten-intolerant, ordering schools across Turkey to offer gluten-free meals for pupils with the celiac disease. Students will be asked when applying to schools if they have gluten-intolerance. If they do, the school will be … Continue reading

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Domestic violence law in Turkey lacks implementation: Turkish academic

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Turkey has taken various initiatives against violence targeting women, but there are still shortfalls in the implementation of the legislative and policy framework, according to Feride Acar, a prominent Turkish academic. Acar, a professor emerita of the Middle East Technical University’s (ODTÜ) Political Science and … Continue reading

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Negative outlook persists for Turkish companies: Moody’s

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The outlook for non-financial firms both in Turkey and South Africa remains negative for the coming 12 to 18 months, Moody’s Investors Service said Dec. 13 in its annual report titled “Non-financial corporates – Middle East, Turkey and South Africa: 2019 Outlook.” “While the … Continue reading

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US official: Turkey is ‘indispensable’ for Washington

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Turkey is “indispensable” for the United States, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell told Kathimerini on Dec. 15 in Washington, a day after a U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue meeting. President Donald Trump’s key official on Greek-Turkish affairs and the Eastern Mediterranean … Continue reading

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Turkey’s resort town of Bodrum hit by heavy rain, flash floods

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The Aegean resort town of Bodrum in southwestern Turkey’s Muğla province was pounded with heavy rains that flooded many houses and businesses and left the town underwater on Dec. 16. The heavy rain was effective especially in Bodrum town center and the neighborhoods of Gümbet, Bitez, … Continue reading

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Trump working on Gülen’s extradition, Turkey says

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United States President Donald Trump has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that his administration is working on the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, the mastermind of July 2016 coup attempt, the Turkish foreign minister said, informing about an ongoing FBI probe on FETÖ’s tax evasion. “In Argentina, Trump told Erdoğan they were working on … Continue reading

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CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and İYİ Party President Meral Akşener agreed on alliance before local elections

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CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and İYİ Party President Meral Akşener gathered at CHP headquarters. The parties agreed on an electoral alliance before the local elections which will be held next year in March. Kılıçdaroğlu highlighted that what is in Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Two Turks awarded with Germany’s highest civilian award

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Dec. 4 awarded two Turkish immigrants with the German Order of Merit for their voluntary work and their services to the culture of remembrance. Burak Yılmaz, 31, was awarded with the order for his efforts … Continue reading

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CHP reveals names of mayoral candidates for 16 provinces

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The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has revealed the names of its mayoral candidates for 16 provinces. The party picked the currently serving mayors of eight cities to re-run, six of whom will run for metropolitan municipalities, which have bigger budgets. In a statement on … Continue reading

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Turkey seeks arrest of journalist Can Dündar over 2013 Gezi Park protests

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Turkish authorities have issued an arrest warrant for journalist Can Dündar as part of an investigation into the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Dec. 5. Prosecutors said Dündar played an active role in the protests and provoked public unrest through social media. It is not clear how the warrant can … Continue reading

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Minimum wage earner tells Turkey’s minimum wage commission how to make ends meet

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A commission that is tasked with setting up the minimum wage for some 7 million employees for 2019 launched negotiations on Dec. 6 with the participation of employer unions, worker unions and the government. The Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (Türk-İş) has demanded that the minimum … Continue reading

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Hard Landing for Turkish Economy Upsets Erdogan’s Electoral Play – Bloomberg

Hard Landing for Turkish Economy Upsets Erdogan’s Electoral PlayBy Cagan Kocand Baris BalciDecember 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 … Continue reading

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REPORT ON PARTICIPATION OF MEN AND WOMEN ON TV PROGRAMS: DEMIS: Women are Not Present on TVs in Turkey

A new media report released by the Association for Development, Migration and Social Policies has shown that men are seen five times more than women on discussion programs which are aired on prime time. from bianet https://ift.tt/2SE7fO3 via CHPEU

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US prosecutor drops appeal to extend Turkish banker’s sentence

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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 Agency said on Dec. 6. A U.S. court sentenced Hakan Atilla, an executive from Halkbank, to … Continue reading

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Number of jailed journalists increased five-fold in three years: CHP MP

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The number of journalists jailed in Turkey increased almost five-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to a report released by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Utku Çakırözer. At the end of 2015, the number of jailed journalists was 31, while the figure … Continue reading

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Turkish parliament kicks off budget discussions

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The first parliamentary session on Turkey’s 2019 budget started on Dec. 10. “The 2019 budget will be the major supporter of a stabilization period under the new economic program,” Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said during his budget presentation. Albayrak said austerity measures will … Continue reading

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