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EBRD invests in Turkish retailer’s lira-denominated bond

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced on Friday it has invested in lira-denominated bond issued by Turkish retailer Migros. “In a move to support deepening local currency and local capital markets in Turkey, the EBRD has invested 9 million lira … Continue reading

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Opposition leaders skip reception and presidential greeting on Republic Day

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Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener celebrated the founding of the Turkish Republic at the official ceremony in Anıtkabir, however, did not participate in the rest of the program at the presidential palace and the reception held in Istanbul. In … Continue reading

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CHP leader criticizes gov’t over death of two soldiers

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The main opposition leader has slammed the government after two soldiers died of hypothermia while keeping the night guard in the eastern Anatolian province, demanding a full-scale probe into the incident. “Why are two of our troops martyred in the 21st century? … Continue reading

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Europe’s top rights court fines Turkey over inaction on newspapers targeting two former academics

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Oct. 30 fined Turkey over local courts’ inaction on various newspapers targeting two former academics, İbrahim Özden Kaboğlu and Baskın Oran, over a report on minority rights. In 2004, the general meeting of the Advisory Board, a public body … Continue reading

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Turkey’s lira firms, extends recovery

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Turkey’s lira firmed nearly 1 percent on Oct. 29, extending its recent rally after investor worries were partially eased. The lira, which slumped in August and at one stage was down 47 percent since the start of the year, has … Continue reading

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Monument in İzmir receives two awards from England

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The Monument of Atatürk, His Mother and Women’s Rights Monument in İzmir’s Karşıyaka Square, which was renewed this year and reached a height of 41.7 meters, received two grand awards at the International Property Awards held in England. Professor Tamer Başoğlu, who made the monument in 1972, received the … Continue reading

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CHP calls for investigation committee in parliament over Khashoggi’s disappearance

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has proposed that an investigation committee in parliament should be set up to follow the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “All details about the missing journalist should be examined,” Kılıçdaroğlu told reporters in London. “If Turkey allowed … Continue reading

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Ara Güler’s ‘time machine‘

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After the death of Turkey’s internationally known photojournalist Ara Güler on Oct. 17, daily Hürriyet’s photojournalist Sebati Karakurt tells us about him. It was 1957. Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square was filled with curious people. Meatball and sherbet sellers kept to the corners of the square. After all, they would … Continue reading

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Turkey’s defense, aerospace industry exports to hit $2 bln in 2018

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Turkey’s defense and aerospace industry exports this year are expected to top $2 billion, said the nation’s defense industries chief on Oct. 19. Speaking at Anadolu Agency’s Finance Desk, İsmail Demir said that Turkey’s defense and aerospace industry exports had already reached around $1.5 billion as of October, an annual … Continue reading

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CHP leader slams gov’t for letting Khashoggi murder suspects leave Turkey

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the Turkish government for conducting a belated search at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, while also accusing it of letting the suspects accused of killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi leave Turkey. “The [Saudi] king made … Continue reading

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Top euro court orders Turkey to pay 35,000 euros over medical negligence

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Oct. 23 ordered Turkey to pay 35,000 euros in non-pecuniary damages to six applicants concerning three separate medical negligence cases. One of the cases was filed by a married Turkish couple who applied to … Continue reading

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Two Turkish universities make top 200 of Times Higher Education’s list

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Two universities from Turkey, Koç University in Istanbul and Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara, have made it to the top 200 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) first set of subject rankings releases for 2019. Koç University found itself in the range ranking from … Continue reading

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87 percent of Turkish women want to work in paid employment: ILO Turkey director

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Some 87 percent of women in Turkey want to work in paid employment, 17 percent above the world average, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Turkey director Numan Özcan has said. “Women in Turkey want to take an active role in the economy, more than other women in the world,” Özcan … Continue reading

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Turkey prevents irregular migration of 430,000 in 2018

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Irregular migration of 430,000 people in 2018 have been prevented as a result of Turkey’s improved security measures, according to security sources. Border guards in southern Hatay province, which borders Syria’s Idlib, Afrin and Latakia regions, conduct 24-hour foot patrols along the border. … Continue reading

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Turkey says Russian S-400 systems installation to begin October 2019

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Turkey will begin works for the deployment of the Russian made S-400 air defense systems by October 2019, the defense minister has said, informing that selected military personnel will be sent to Russia for training on how to use the sophisticated anti-ballistic weapons. “As a result of the deal … Continue reading

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Currency woes hit pharmacies, drug supplies in Turkey

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Patients are finding it increasingly difficult to acquire drugs in the market, and the main reason behind the problems regarding drug supplies is the currency rates, Nurten Saydan, the head of the Employer Pharmacists’ Association (TEİS), has said. The Turkish Lira has … Continue reading

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CHP leader vows to defend party’s shares in İşbank

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has vowed to defend his party’s shares in lender İşbank. “We will do whatever possible on the legal ground,” Kılıçdaroğlu said at his party’s parliamentary group meeting on Oct. 16. “He … Continue reading

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Turkey’s unemployment rate hits 10.8 pct in July

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The annual unemployment rate in Turkey hit 10.8 percent with a 0.1 percent year-on-year increase, the country’s statistical authority stated on Oct. 15. The unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in the previous month. “The number of unemployed persons aged 15 … Continue reading

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Russian Orthodox Church bans citizens from visiting churches in Turkey

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Russian clerics have warned their citizens against visiting churches in Turkey after the Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to sever all relations with the Fener Greek Patriarchatein Istanbul. “All [Orthodox] churches in Turkey, including the ones in Istanbul and Ankara, have been banned to our congregation. … Continue reading

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Istanbul metro receives first reverse vending machine

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Istanbul’s İTÜ-Ayazağa metro station has become the first station to receive a newly launched vending machine that accepts recyclable cans and bottles as currency. The city transportation pass, known as an Istanbul Card (Istanbul Kart), can be topped up by simply depositing a … Continue reading

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