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Turkish-Bulgarian politician seeks minority status for Turks

  Bulgarian Turks continue to press for minority rights in spite of deep opposition from the government. The campaign is being led by Lyutvi Mestan, a former MP and current head of the Democrats for Responsibility, Solidarity and Tolerance Party (DOST), a pro-NATO, pro-EU, pro-Turkish rights party formed in 2016. In an interview on popular […]

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New Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway brings Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia closer

Leaders from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia launched a new Eurasian railroad link at a ceremony in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku last week. The 826-km (513 miles) Baku–Tbilisi–Kars (BTK) railway, which includes 105-km of new track, links the three countries and establishes a new land connection between Europe and China for both passengers and freight. […]

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Belgian pensioners on charity European bus tour reach North Cyprus

A group of pensioners embarked on an epic charity road trip across Europe, reaching their final destination of North Cyprus earlier this week. The Robinson Club, whose members are predominantly over the age of sixty, set off from Vorselaan in Belgium a fortnight ago on a mission called ‘Expedition North Cyprus’. The first part of […]

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We don’t need the EU, says President Erdoğan

  Turkey doesn’t need the European Union, said the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, echoing his comments about the US from the day before. “If you’re honest, make your statement and we will finish the job. We don’t need you,” said Erdoğan while addressing regional delegates representing his Justice and Development Party (AKP) […]

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Merkel agrees to upper limit on migration after slim election victory

Angela Merkel has agreed to limit migrant numbers entering Germany to 200,000 annually in order to appease allies in coalition talks after a poor showing in last month’s general elections. Despite winning the most votes, Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) took a bruising from […]

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Chris Eubank Jr destroys Turkish challenger Avni Yıldırım in three rounds

  Boxer Chris Eubank Jr silenced his doubters and retained his IBO Super-Middleweight title in a superb fight at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, on Saturday night. The British boxer knocked out his opponent Avni Yıldırım in the third round with ease to progress into the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series. Yıldırım […]

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Turkey, USA suspend new travel visas as political tit-for-tat escalates

  The Turkish government has responded to the US’s announcement of the suspension of travel visa services in Turkey by imposing its own travel restrictions on American citizens. The diplomatic spat is another sign of the deterioration in relations between the two NATO allies. On Sunday, the US Embassy in Ankara announced it was suspending […]

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Yapı Merkezi signs $1.9bn contract to build East Africa’s first high-speed rail

  One of Turkey’s biggest construction firms is set to design and build East Africa’s fastest railway. On Monday 2 Oct, Yapı Merkezi finalised its second major deal in eight months with Tanzanian authorities to produce 208 miles (336km) of rail transportation linking Makutupora in central Tanzania with Morogoro – the country’s eastern commercial hub. The […]

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Boxing: Chris Eubank Jr v Avni Yıldırım, see the big fight live on ITV Box Office

  This Saturday, Turkey’s undefeated young boxer Avni Yıldırım faces Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr for the IBO Super-Middleweight title. The fight, at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, is part of the World Boxing Super Series, a new tournament now at the quarter-finals stage. The competition winner will come away with $10m in prize money, […]

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Acelya Toprak becomes youngest winner at Judo European Open in Belgrade

A British teenager has won gold at Judo’s European Open in Belgrade at the weekend. At 19-years-old, Acelya Toprak was the competition’s youngest winner, beating her older and more experienced opponent, France’s Amelie Guihur, in the final of the U57kg category. Of Turkish Cypriot origin, Londoner Acelya Toprak is the reigning British U57kg champion – […]