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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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